Organisation types

Charities

A charity is an institution or fund established and operated for altruistic purposes that the law regards as charitable. It must:

  • be a not-for-profit organisation
  • be for the public benefit (other than when the charitable purpose is the relief of poverty)
  • have a charitable purpose, which includes:
    • health services and research
    • help for disabled, sick, poor, destitute or unemployed people and their families
    • war relief for anywhere in the world
    • help for current or past members of the armed forces and their families
    • helping animals.

Collecting for charities can include:

  • collecting money or property, such as door knock appeals or online fundraising
  • charging admission for an entertainment event
  • selling items, such as ribbons or second-hand goods
  • a bequest, or other grants of money or property to a charity.

A charity must be an entity. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) defines a charitable entity as a corporation, unincorporated association, trust or partnership. A part of an entity, like a branch, division or account, is not treated as a charity.

Reporting requirements

From 1 December 2016 reporting requirements for charities were streamlined under changes to legislation. If you are registered with the ACNC and have notified CBS, you don’t have to renew your licence or lodge annual fundraising statements.

Changes for charities and prescribed associations - Consumer and Business Services

Not licensed as a charity

Organisations registered with the ACNC, but not licenced as a charity in SA can’t fundraise until you notify CBS that you want to collect funds.

Collections for charitable purposes application/notification online form

CBS will then tell you when you can collect in SA.

If you are not collecting for a charitable purpose you don’t have to notify CBS.

Charities and prescribed associations

Organisations registered only with the ACNC need to report directly to them after you have submitted your final charity and prescribed association financial statements to CBS.

If you don’t register with the ACNC, you must submit separate reports to CBS as a charity and as a prescribed association in the future.

Collections for charitable purposes application/notification online form

Changes for charities and prescribed associations - Consumer and Business Services

Please note: CBS won’t automatically send you a hard copy renewal form.

Registering your charity

Organisations that collect for a charity must have a Collections for Charitable Purposes (CCP) licence.

You are automatically licensed in South Australia if you are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) and have notified Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

Charities can choose to stay registered with CBS or register with the ACNC.

Using the online form below you can:

  • notify CBS that you intend to collect in SA if you are registered with the ACNC
  • renew an existing CBS SA licence if you are not registered with the ACNC
  • apply for a new licence with CBS if you are not registered with the ACNC
  • lodge a fundraising income and expenditure statement to CBS.

If you remain registered with CBS you will still need to submit audited financial statements and there won’t be any changes to your reporting requirements.

If you register with the ACNC you must complete the online notification form to advise CBS.  If you are also registered with CBS you will stay listed as a charity on the CBS website.

Organisations registered with the ACNC, but not licensed as a charity in SA can’t fundraise until you notify CBS that you want to collect funds, using the online notification form below. CBS will then tell you when you can collect in SA.

If you are not collecting for a charitable purpose you don’t have to notify CBS.

What happens next

Charities licensed with CBS will be contacted again next year when your licence is due for renewal.

Contact Consumer and Business Services

Phone

131 882

In person

91 Grenfell Street
Adelaide

Post

GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001


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Page last updated 21 July 2017

Provided by:
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
URL:
http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/family-and-community/community-organisations/types/charities
Last Updated:
21/07/17
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