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Street collections

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".

The Guidelines to street collections provides a quick overview to street collections and the Street Collections Roster contains details of charities that will be collecting in Perth.

The Charitable Collections Advisory Committee regulates street collections in the Perth metropolitan area with the assistance of the Department of Commerce. When organisations apply for permits to conduct a street collection, the committee recommends these applications to the Minister for Commerce for approval.

The Application for a street appeal within the Perth Metropolitan area (form 2) form is available in PDF format for you to view or download.

You will need Acrobat PDF to view this form. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later, please visit the Adobe Site to download the latest program. To save the form to your computer, right-click the link and select 'save target as' (Mac users: click and hold the mouse down and select 'save this link as') .

Street collections conducted outside 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 Charitable Collections Advisory Committee 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 Charitable Collections Advisory Committee traditionally only allows appeals to be conducted on Fridays.

The committee allows 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 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 Charitable Collections Advisory Committee requires two weeks’ notice to issue a street collection permit. This is necessary because under the Street Collections (Regulation) Act 1940 the Minister for Commerce must sign the 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.

Collectors

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

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 6.00pm. However, you can apply in writing to the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee to have the hours extended to 9.00pm in the Perth and Fremantle CBDs, to take advantage of Friday late night trading.

Reporting requirements

After the street collection has been undertaken the permit holder is required to lodge with the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee a statement of collection setting out the amount of money raised and the expenses incurred. This statement must be lodged with the committee within 30 days.

The Street Collections Statement (form 3) is available in PDF format for you to view or download.

You will need Acrobat PDF to view this form. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later, please visit the Adobe Site to download the latest program. To save the form to your computer, right-click the link and select 'save target as' (Mac users: click and hold the mouse down and select 'save this link as') .

Local authorities

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.

Further information

If you want more information or an application form, contact:

mail icon  The Administrative Officer
          Charitable Collections Advisory Committee
          Department of Commerce
          Unit 4, 321 Selby Street
          OSBORNE PARK WA 6017

phone icon Ph: +61 8 9282 4373

fax icon Fax: +61 8 9282 4337

email icon Email

This information should be read in conjunction with the Street Collections (Regulation) Act 1940.

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