Fundraising in the Australian Capital Territory

Fundraising in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is regulated by:

Access Canberra

Access Canberra regulates fundraising activities in the ACT under the Charitable Collections Act 2003 (ACT) and the Charitable Collections Regulation 2003 (ACT).

Access Canberra also maintains a public register of approved Charitable Collections Licence holders in the ACT.

Collecting and Charitable Purpose

Under ACT fundraising legislation, a collection is the soliciting or receiving of money or a benefit wholly or partly for a charitable purpose.
Please note: the definition of charitable purpose applied by Access Canberra may differ from the legal definition of charity applied by the ACNC to register organisations as charities at the federal level.

Fundraising Licences

In June 2017 the ACT amended the Charitable Collections Act 2003 (ACT) to exempt ACNC-registered charities from requiring a license to fundraise in the ACT.

For more information about the exemptions, visit the Access Canberra website.

Individuals, or organisations that are not registered with the ACNC – but intend to fundraise in the ACT – do need a license. They may also have ongoing obligations under fundraising laws in the ACT, including the requirement to submit financial reports.

For more information about the obligations of fundraisers, visit the Access Canberra website or call (02) 6207 3000.

The Gambling and Racing Commission

The ACT Gambling and Racing Commission is responsible for fundraising activities through raffles, bingo, and lotteries. These activities are regulated under the Lotteries Act 1964 (ACT)

(Special conditions apply to certain activities and a permit is required unless it meets one of the exempt categories). For more information, visit the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission website or call (02) 6207 0359.

Attention - Important information! Please note: this fact sheet is an overview of fundraising laws and regulations in ACT, not a complete guide. For more information about fundraising laws and regulations in ACT, please consult the relevant regulatory agencies.