Applying for a charity licence
An application for a charitable collections licence should be lodged with the Commissioner for Consumer Protection (the Commissioner). All applications received will be reviewed by the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee, an independent body, which makes recommendations to the Commissioner.
Who can apply for a licence
Licences are only granted to incorporated bodies such as limited companies and incorporated associations. Individuals or unincorporated groups intending to collect money for a charitable purpose should make arrangements to fundraise under the authority of an existing licence holder.
If you are setting up a new organisation it is important to make an informed decision about the most appropriate legal structure based on the purpose, objectives and nature of the group. The options available may include:
- An association incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) - see our Associations section for more information.
- A company under the Corporations Act 2001 - visit the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
- An Aboriginal Corporation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 - visit the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC).
- Trustee of a Charitable Trust
The application for a charitable collections licence requires the following documents:
- a completed Application for WA charitable collections licence form;
- copies of the governing documents for the organisation. For example, trust deed, certificate of incorporation or registration and the rules (or constitution) or articles.
- Note: Applicants who are incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (WA) are not required to provide the certificate and rules; and
- financial returns for the last 12 months including an income and expenditure statement and a balance sheet.
There are no fees to obtain a charitable collections licence.
If the application is approved, the organisation will be issued with a licence certificate and can commence its charitable collection activities.
Successful applicants must also familiarise themselves with the licence conditions and ensure that all of these obligations are met.
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