A street collection is the "soliciting of funds or contributions and the selling and offering for sale of any button, badge, token, or other similar thing for the purpose of raising funds or contributions" in a public street or thoroughfare.
Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in the Perth metropolitan area, whether or not licensed, must have a separate street collection permit. Street collections must be held on a Friday unless otherwise approved by the Minister for Commerce. The Application for a street appeal within the Perth Metropolitan area form must be used to apply for a street collection permit.
Street collections conducted outside of the Perth metropolitan area are the responsibility of the local authority and you should contact the relevant council to check what regulations govern local street appeals.
Who can apply for a street collections permit?
Any association, society, or committee may apply for a permit to conduct a street collection. The Minister for Commerce does not issue permits to individuals.
What days can we collect?
The Street Collections (Regulation) Act 1940 only allows for fifty days to be allocated each year for street appeals. The Minister traditionally only allows appeals to be conducted on Fridays.
The Minister allows up to three organisations to conduct appeals on the same Friday. This means 150 organisations are able to conduct appeals each year.
Due to the limited number of days allocated for street collections generally only one appeal is allowed for each applicant per year.
How much do permits cost?
There is no charge for applying for a street collection permit.
How soon can we get a permit?
The Department requires two weeks’ notice to issue a street collection permit.
Where can we collect?
A street collection permit gives the holder the right to collect money from the public in any street, roadway, mall or lane in the Perth metropolitan area.
The permit does not cover collecting on private property, such as shopping centres. In these cases, approval must be obtained from the owner or shopping centre manager to collect on their premises.
Please note that you also need to obtain permission from the local council for the area that you intend to collect in.
People who collect on behalf of organisations must wear identification badges which show the name of the organisation. This helps prevent fraudulent operators from collecting money and also protects the reputations of legitimate non-profit organisations.
Collectors participating in a collection are not allowed to obstruct a public street or annoy any person using a public street.
Under no circumstances are collectors allowed to be paid during a street appeal.
Collection boxes must:
- be securely sealed so that they cannot be opened or have money removed without the seal being broken;
- have the name of the organisation and the date of the collection clearly displayed on the collection box;
- be consecutively numbered, and a record must be kept of which boxes are issued to each collector.
Can children collect during appeals?
Only children over 16 are allowed to collect during a street appeal. However, an application can be made in writing to the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee to use secondary school-aged children to collect during an appeal. Approval will only be given on the condition that such children operate in pairs, under adult supervision and they do not collect after 6pm.
Approval will not be given for primary school-aged children to participate in a street appeal.
When can we collect?
Street collection permits are issued for the hours between 7.00am and 9.00pm to allow organisations to take advantage of Friday late night trading in the Perth and Fremantle CBDs.
After the street collection has been undertaken the permit holder is required to lodge a Street Collections Statement setting out the amount of money raised and the expenses incurred. This statement must be lodged within 30 days.
If your organisation wants to set up a stall during its street collection, approval must be sought from the local authority in that locality.
Organisations that want to use the undercroft of the Perth Town Hall as a meeting or coordinating place for collectors need to book the undercroft with the Perth City Council. They can do this by ringing ++61 8 9461 3145.
The following pages might provide more helpful information:
- The guidelines to street collections - overviews street collections and
- Street Collections Roster - lists charities running collections in Perth.
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