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How to register
- Download and complete the Application for fundraiser registration or renewal (Word, 364KB) or telephone 1300 55 81 81 to have a form sent to you. Make sure you clearly identify the fundraising beneficiaries. Calling us costs the same as a local call. Additional charges may apply if you are calling from overseas, on a mobile or payphone.
- Download and complete the Criminal record and personal insolvency declaration (Word, 148KB). This declaration must be completed by all:
If you plan to distribute money overseas, attach a letter of verification from one of the following:
- individual applicants
- directors of a company applicant
- people nominated as appeal managers (any person who has managerial or financial responsibility for any fundraising activities)
- people nominated as an associate (any other person who is concerned in the management of the organisation, including all company directors, CEOs, and all committee members of an incorporated association or unincorporated body; such as, president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, etc.).
To be eligible to register as a fundraiser in Victoria, you must provide a Victorian address as the fundraiser’s principal place of business. PO boxes cannot be accepted.
- the government, local embassy or consulate of the country in which the money will be distributed
- the Australian embassy in the country where the money will be distributed
- a recognised aid provider in the area (for example, Red Cross or World Vision).
There is no fee to register as a fundraiser.
If you want to raise funds for victims of an emergency, such as a natural disaster, you can make an urgent application for registration as a fundraiser.
To make an urgent application, include with your Application for fundraiser registration or renewal (Word, 364KB) a statement telling us why your application is urgent.
We will respond to your application as soon as possible.
Appoint a responsible person – incorporated associations only
For an incorporated association incorporated outside Victoria to become registered as a fundraiser, it must appoint a responsible person.
The responsible person must be a member of the association’s governing body.
Download and complete the Responsible person consent (Word, 117KB). Lodgement details on the form.
After you lodge your application
It normally takes 28 days for us to complete your registration, providing you meet relevant requirements and supply all the information requested on the application form. You should apply for registration at least 28 days before you intend to start fundraising.
You can make an urgent application for your registration to be processed in less than 28 days, but only in special circumstances.
You must provide a statement telling us why your application is urgent.
Within 21 days of us receiving the application, we will send you a letter either:
- confirming the registration
- confirming/approving the registration with conditions
- requesting further information, or
- informing you that you are not eligible to be registered and cannot conduct any fundraising appeals.
You must only proceed with your fundraising appeal after you receive a letter advising that you are registered, with or without conditions.
- you must conduct the appeal as detailed in your application
- any change to an appeal must be agreed to in writing by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
Appealing a decision
If you disagree with a decision made by Consumer Affairs Victoria, you can appeal within 28 days to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
The normal registration period is three years. To continue fundraising after that date, you will need to renew your registration.
The Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria can approve longer registration periods on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must state your case against the following points:
- whether your fundraising organisation operates in more than one jurisdiction
- the structure of the organisation (that is, its governance arrangements)
- the stability of the organisation; for example, how well established and well known it is
- whether you are engaged in or proposing long-term projects
- whether your appeal has clearly defined beneficiaries, and the proportion of funds raised that will go to the beneficiaries over the registration period is reasonably predictable.
You should also provide an estimate of the proportion of funds you expect to distribute to beneficiaries over the course of your registration.