Changes for charities in South Australia

As of 1 December 2016 changes to the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 (the Act) reduced the administrative burden on charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC).

The changes make it easier for charities to meet their responsibilities and mandatory reporting requirements.

Benefits of ACNC registration

Benefits for charities, who also choose to be registered with the ACNC include:

  • reporting to only one government department reduces duplication.
  • charities registered with ACNC don’t have to report to or lodge financial statements with CBS
  • time and cost savings – charities with a revenue of less than $250,000 no longer have submit audited financial reports
  • tax concessions and other exemptions (may be available).

When you register with the ACNC for the first time you will need advise CBS of your registration using the online notification form.

If you are already registered with the ACNC, you must complete the online notification form to advise CBS of your registration.

Charities registered with the ACNC will still be required to comply with the Charities Code of Practice and will be listed on the CBS Public charities register.

Information for prescribed associations

Licence to collect

If you are an organisation that intends to collect for a charitable purpose as defined by the Act, you must hold a Collections for Charitable Purposes Licence (CCP Licence).

Please note if you are registered with the ACNC and have notified CBS of your registration, you are automatically licensed in South Australia.

For more information regarding charities in SA visit www.sa.gov.au