Charitable Fundraising Act 1991
Many organisations conduct fundraising appeals in order to finance their charitable activities. Under the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 a person or organisation wishing to raise money for charitable purposes — a fundraising appeal — must hold an authority to fundraise.
The management of charitable fundraising activities is a rewarding, though exacting task; but persons and organisations conducting such activities are aided by an Act and a code of regulations and authority conditions that provide prudent controls and working methods.
The objects of the Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 are:
- to promote proper and efficient management and administration of fundraising appeals for charitable purposes;
- to ensure proper keeping and auditing of accounts in connection with such appeals; and
- to prevent deception of members of the public who desire to support worthy causes.
Copies of the legislation may be purchased from the NSW Government Information Bookshop, Goodsell Building, 8-12 Chifley Square (cnr Phillip and Hunter Streets), 1300 656 986. Alternatively, Internet access to the legislation may be obtained from the NSW legislation website of the Parliamentary Counsel's Office - www.legislation.nsw.gov.au
The AustLII database of legislation (http://www.austlii.edu.au) also provides Internet access to Australian legal materials. The law faculties of the University of Technology and the University of New South Wales operate this site.
Charitable Fundraising fact sheet (45 kb).