Changes to the Ministerial Exemption Order (Fundraising) - Legislation update

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2 July 2019
Legislation updates

A new Fundraising Exemption Order commenced on 1 July 2019.

The new exemption order replaced the previous 2002 Fundraising Order. The new exemption order was made after considering stakeholder submissions, which closed on 24 May 2019.

The new exemption order facilitates low value fundraising appeals and ensures there is no unnecessary burden on organisations.

The new exemption order only replaces the 2002 Fundraising Order. Existing exemptions under the Fundraising Act 1998 (the Act) for other organisations continue to apply.

The 2010 exemption order (PDF, 7KB) is still operational.

New exemption order changes

The new exemption order provides for two different exemptions from the Act.

1. Individuals and organisations do not need to register under the Act to conduct fundraising appeals if they:

  • receive less than $20,000 gross in a financial year from fundraising
  • are not paid for conducting a fundraising appeal (except for reimbursement of direct out-of-pocket expenses), and
  • use only volunteers.

They must comply with all other aspects of the Act.

2. The following organisations are exempt from Part 3 of the Act:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • An organisation which is a licensee, or an approved provider of a children's service under the Children’s Services Act 1996 (Vic), or approved provider of an education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (Cth) and that receives funding for a kindergarten program from the Secretary to the Department of Education and Training.

Download the Fundraising Exemption Order 2019 (PDF, 367KB).