Treasury has released a consultation paper on reform of charitable fundraising regulation.
The purpose of this discussion paper is to seek comments on a proposed framework for a new nationally consistent approach to regulation of charitable fundraising. At present, every State and Territory of Australia, with the exception of the Northern Territory, separately regulates fundraising by charities. Appendix A sets out the current State and Territory fundraising legislation.
The discussion paper calls for comments on:
- Defining fundraising activities that are to be regulated
- Activities that might be exempt from fundraising regulation
- Implementing a national approach to fundraising regulation
- Registering for fundraising activities
- Application of consumer protection laws to charitable fundraising
- Charitable fundraising and unsolicited selling provisions of the Australian Consumer Law
- Information disclosure at the time of giving
- Information disclosure after the time of giving
- Internet and electronic fundraising
- Fundraising by third parties on behalf of charities./li>