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Collections Act 1966 – 23 September 2013

Collections Regulation 2008 – 1 July 2015


Appeals for support by entities other than religious institutions are regulated. They must be by a registered charity or for a government sanctioned purpose.

  • Sections 8, 10, 11, 12, 13A; Regulations 12, 22, 40

Door-to-door appeals and street collections are regulated. Households can only be visited from 9am to 5pm.

  • Sections 14, 14A, 15, 16, 17; Regulations 17, 18, 19, 21, Schedule 1

A charity may apply to the government to be registered.

  • Sections 19, 20, 21, 29; Regulation 4

A disaster appeals trust fund committee is established. The committee may direct the public trustee to pay money from the disaster appeals trust fund to those persons who are disaster affected.

  • Sections 35A, 35B

A person may make a provision in their will for the payment of moneys to the disaster appeals trust fund to assist with future disasters.

  • Section 35D
Reason for law


Relevant links

Charities [Office of Fair Trading]

Check a charity or association

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) [Australian Government]

Find a charity on the ACNC Register

Media article

Celebrity charities just compete with all other charities – so why start one?

Australian charities are well regulated, but changes are needed to cut red tape


The section 42 service by telegram may be an outdated method of service.

The Schedule 1 of the Regulation conditions for door-to-door and street collections may be amended to remove reference to the hijack collection as this would be covered by the criminal code?



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