Factsheet: Sporting clubs or associations and the ACNC

Attention - Important information! Organisations that were recognised (endorsed) as charities by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to receive charity tax concessions before 3 December 2012 have been automatically registered with the ACNC. Check the ACNC Register to see if your organisation is registered with the ACNC.

Can sporting clubs or associations register with the ACNC?

The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Generally, sporting clubs or associations do not meet the legal meaning of charity. Although sporting and recreation clubs make a valuable contribution to our community, as a matter of law, their purposes are generally not recognised as charitable.

Although sporting clubs or associations may not be charities, they may still be eligible for some tax benefits. Read the ATO's guidance for non-profits.

If your club provides sporting activities as part of achieving a recognised charitable purpose such as advancing education or social or public welfare, it may be eligible to register with the ACNC. For example, an organisation whose purpose is support participation by people living with disability in sport to improve their quality of life may be eligible to register as a charity.

Charities registered with the ACNC have ongoing obligations to maintain registration.

Contact the ACNC

Phone: 13 ACNC (13 22 62)
Email: advice@acnc.gov.au
Mail: Advice Services, Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, GPO Box 5108, Melbourne VIC 3001
Fax: 1300 232 569


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