Survey - Help reform Australia's outdated Fundraising Regulation

Fundraising reform and relief is one of the first issues that was raised with the Charities Crisis Cabinet (CCC) as Australian charities responded to COVID-19 and bushfire recovery.

Charities told us Australia’s out of date and not fit for purpose system of fundraising regulation stymied and hindered them when they needed to be nimble, and when they most needed support.  Crisis is not a time to work through seven different sets of rules and regulations in order to place a ‘donate here’ button on a website.

Both the Australian Treasurer and the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements engaged with this issue and have sought to advance the harmonisation of fundraising regulation to establish a single national regulatory scheme.  The CCC commends the Treasurer for elevating this issue into his discussions with state and territory colleagues.

Progress against the Royal Commission’s recommendations is being tracked here, including Recommendation 21.2 – Reform fundraising laws: Australian, state and territory governments should create a single national scheme for the regulation for charitable fundraising.

The CCC and the Fixfundraising coalition will continue to push for the full implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendation.
To do this we commissioned independent research to understand the speed and complexity of registration and compliance regimes that charities and NFPs are required to comply with when they seek to fundraise to support their work and their communities.  Our thanks to all charities and NFPs that participated in the research.
The results were released on 27 May 2021 and are available here: Fundraising-Survey-Report-Final- 052021.pdf