• Is your organisation a charity?

    To be a charity, your organisation must:

    • be not-for-profit
    • have a charitable purpose
    • be for the public benefit (other than where the charitable purpose is the relief of poverty).

    Examples of charities include:

    • religious groups
    • not-for-profit aged care homes
    • homeless shelters
    • disability service organisations
    • universities and colleges
    • animal welfare societies
    • artistic or cultural groups.

    See also:

    Who determines charitable status?

    The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) registers organisations as charities. Registration as a charity is voluntary. However, your organisation must be registered with the ACNC to access any charity tax concessions.

    If your organisation was endorsed by us as a charity before 3 December 2012, your organisation is automatically registered with the ACNC and you do not have to re-register.

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