Who can apply to be registered?

To be eligible to be registered as a charity with the ACNC, your organisation must be able to show that it is a ‘charity’. In other words, it must:

  • be not-for-profit
  • have only charitable purposes that are for the public benefit
  • be complying with ACNC governance standards
  • not have any disqualifying purposes ( for example engaging in, or promoting activities that are unlawful or contrary to public policy or promote or oppose a political party or candidate for political office), and
  • not be an individual, political party or government entity.

To register, it must also have an Australian Business Number (ABN) with the right ‘entity type’.

Attention:You need to know!
Follow these steps to work out if your organisation can apply to register.

Is my organisation already registered with the ACNC?

Search the ACNC Register to see if your organisation is already registered.


You don't need to re-register. Make sure you understand your registered charity’s ongoing obligations to the ACNC.

You may be able to register your charity. Move to Step 1.