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Apply to collect for a charity

Anyone who asks a member of the public to make a donation for a charitable purpose in Tasmania must apply to get approval. This includes charities, marketing organisations, incorporated and non-incorporated bodies, religious organisations and individuals.

  • Applying for approval is free
  • It is an offence to collect without the proper approval

How to apply and get approval to collect for a charity

There are three applications forms available:

  1. Organisation or corporation based outside Tasmania
  2. Non-incorporated group or association in Tasmania
  3. Individual collecting for themselves (not on behalf of a charity)

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Incorporated Associations and companies registered in Tasmania are not included in this list.

What is 'collecting' for a charity?

Collecting for a charitable purpose means any request for a donation made:

  • in a public place such as a street corner or hotel
  • door-to-door
  • in a newspaper advertisement
  • by telephone, fax, post, email or internet
  • by radio or television.

A charitable purpose includes:

  • any benevolent, philanthropic or patriotic purpose
  • any purpose for the protection of the environment or the welfare of animals
  • the supply of help, aid, relief, support, care, housing or education to any person or animal in distress.

The Act does not apply to:

  • the sale of goods or services such as a chocolate fundraiser
  • a request for renewal of membership of an organisation
  • an appeal by an organisation to its membership such as a cricket club or hobby group
  • an appeal within premises that are used by a club or religious organisation such as a collection plate
  • an appeal to a Commonwealth, State or Local Authority
  • selling raffle tickets
  • an organisation which is incorporated in Tasmania
  • a corporation whose principal office is located in Tasmania.

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Updated: 02 Jun 2020

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