• Western Australia

    Fundraising in Western Australia is regulated by:

    • Department of Commerce (Consumer Protection Division)
    • Gaming and Wagering Commission of WA.

    These regulators have provided the information in this section.

    Department of Commerce, Charitable Collections Section

    What types of fundraising activities are regulated?

    The Department of Commerce regulates:

    • collections of money or goods from the public in Western Australia deemed to be for a charitable purpose
    • street collections in the Perth metropolitan area regardless of the purpose.

    In Western Australia, raffles are not regulated by the Department of Commerce, but by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

    What permits or approvals are required?

    To collect money or goods for a charitable purpose, a licence is required under the Charitable Collections Act 1946. The application for a licence is considered by the Charitable Collections Advisory Committee, who make recommendations to the Minister for Commerce. This process can take two to three months if all documents are in order, but longer if there is a requirement to go back to the organisation for more information.

    Any organisation wanting to conduct a street collection in Perth, whether licensed under the Charitable Collections Act or not, must have a separate street collection permit. This permit is also granted by the Minister for Commerce and requires approximately three weeks' notice to be granted. Street collections are generally held on Fridays.

    Other issues to consider

    Organisations that collect and receive money from the public for non-charitable purposes do not need to be licensed.

    Some examples are:

    • sporting clubs or social groups
    • schools or kindergartens that operate their own fundraising events.

    To contact the Department of Commerce, Charitable Collections Section:

    Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia

    What types of fundraising activities are regulated?

    The Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia regulates a number of community gaming activities under the Gaming and Wagering Commission Act 1987. These activities include standard lotteries (raffles), bingo, two-up, gaming functions and continuing lotteries (break-open tickets).

    What permits or approvals are required?

    Permits and approvals are required for all the above activities where gaming, as defined by the Act, takes place, except for social gaming and minor raffles where one of the following occurs:

    • Sale of Tickets and declaration of prizes takes place within 8 days.  
      • The maximum value of any prize is $1,000.
      • Tickets are sold to members, guests or people who work or reside on the premises of a bona fide organisation.
       
    • Tickets are sold to members, guests or people who work or reside on the premises of a bona fide organisation.  
      • The aggregated retail value of the prizes does not exceed $2,000.
      • The lottery is conducted on the same day and on the same premises.
       
    • The aggregated value of prizes does not exceed $200.  
      • Tickets can be sold to members of the public.
       

    Other issues to consider

    The Act prohibits the conduct of (community) gaming for private gain or any commercial undertaking.

    To contact the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor:

    Last modified: 14 Oct 2015QC 46305