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, thereby reducing duplication. Charities will no longer be required to report to or lodge financial statements with Consumer and Business Services (CBS)
- time and cost savings – Charities with a revenue of less than $250,000 will no longer have an obligation to submit audited financial reports
- tax concessions and other exemptions (may be available).
When you register with the ACNC for the first time you will be required to advise CBS of your registration.
If you are already registered with the ACNC, you must complete the online notification form to advise CBS of your registration.
For further information regarding changes to the Act please read our FAQs – Changes to charities and prescribed associations operating in SA (PDF 60KB).
Who needs a 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 licenced in South Australia.
Under the Act charitable purposes include:
- The provision of, or assistance or support to the provision of, health services (within the meaning of the Health Care Act 2008) or research in the field of health or such health services
- The affording of relief, assistance or support to diseased, disabled, sick, infirm, incurable, poor, destitute, helpless, or unemployed persons, or to the dependants of any such persons
- The relief of distress occasioned by war, whether occasioned in South Australia or elsewhere
- The affording of relief, assistance, or support to persons who were/are members of the armed forces of Australia or to the dependants of any such persons
- The provision of welfare services for animals.
Under the Act the definition of ‘collecting’ includes a person who (either personally or through the agency of another person)
- collects, or attempts to collect, money or property wholly or partly for a charitable purpose
- charges, or attempts to charge, for admission to an entertainment in relation to which it is held out that the proceeds are to be devoted wholly or partly to a charitable purpose
- obtains, or attempts to obtain, money wholly or partly for a charitable purpose by the sale of a disc, badge, token, flower, ribbon or other device
- obtains, or attempts to obtain, a bequest, devise or other grant of money or property wholly or partly for a charitable purpose.
How to apply for a CCP licence in SA only (not registered with the ACNC)
To apply for a CCP licence in SA, complete and lodge the online application using the Collections for charitable purposes application/notification form.
Online renewals for existing licence holders
A new online renewal has been introduced. Complete the Collections for charitable purposes application/notification form to either:
- renew an existing SA licence – not registered with the ACNC
- notify of your intent to act as a collector in SA – registered with the ACNC
- lodge a fundraising income and expenditure statement.
The online form will prompt you to upload and submit your financial statements for the last statement period to CBS.
Please note: Hard copy renewal application forms are no longer sent to you by CBS.
If you are registered with the ACNC, and have notified CBS, you are not required to renew.
A Collections for Charitable Purposes Licence does not authorise the conduct of fundraiser lotteries. Further information regarding lotteries can be found in the Lotteries section on this website.
The Act requires that the minister publish on a website the contact details of a licence holder and the fundraising income and expenditure statement.
- Cutting red tape for South Australian charities – media release
- Reminder to verify charities seeking donations for Pinery bushfire – media release
- Federal cuts to hurt charities – media release
- Crackdown on unlicensed pet welfare charities – media release
- Charity food box scam under investigation – media release
- New charity code of practice in effect – media release
- Cancer & Bowel Research Association Inc – media release
Disclosure requirements by charities
Consumer and Business Services administers the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 to protect the public interest in the area of fundraising by non-profit groups by providing disclosure requirements for charitable collections (section 6 licence).
Charities are required by legislation to lodge annual ‘Fundraising Income and Expenditure Statements’ to provide the public with information regarding charities and collection agents’ financial performance in relation to charitable collections and entertainment. However, if a charity is registered with the Commonwealth Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC) they will not be required to lodge financials with CBS.
The Charities list contains a comprehensive list of all charities and includes licence and financial details.
Fundraising activities for a ‘charitable purpose’ include:
- door knock appeals
- online fundraising
- donations to clothing bins
- sales of goods at secondhand shops
- seeking bequests
- badge days
- public appeals
- film nights
A Section 6 licence is required pursuant to the Collections for Charitable Purposes Act 1939 for any person acting as a collector that wishes to:
- collect or attempt to collect any money or property
- obtain or attempt to obtain money by the sale of any disc, badge, token, flower, ribbon or other device
- obtain or attempt to obtain a bequest, devise or other grant of money or property for a charitable purpose
- sell or attempt to sell a ticket for admission to entertainment and the proceeds or part of the proceeds are for a charitable purpose.