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Law Council of Australia


Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century

The current legal framework for the regulation of fundraising in Australia requires urgent and substantial reform.

This is not a new observation:

However, significant issues remain unaddressed. The current mantra of all Australian governments – federal, state and territory – is to reduce red tape and to enact laws and regulations that address the core policy criteria of simplicity, efficiency, equity (fairness) and integrity.

Charities (small and large) rely on fundraising. Indeed, many charities would not be financially sustainable without the generosity of the Australian public through donations and other fundraising initiatives, particularly given continuing pressure on government’s budgets.

However, the cost of compliance with each of the myriad of archaic, duplicative (yet often conflicting) fundraising laws across Australia is unjustified and unsustainable. Every dollar spent by a charity on administrative costs is a dollar that is not applied in pursuing the core purpose of the charity.

You can read the full submission below.


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