Country Idealist Profiles

Western Australia-The definition of a volunteer

The definition of a volunteer for the purpose of the Act means a person who does community work on a voluntary basis if they receive no remuneration other than what they may receive whether or not they did the voluntary work or for reasonable expenses they may incur undertaking the community work.

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Volunteers law protection in Western Australia

There are more than 428,000 active volunteers in Western Australia. Almost one in three adults contribute a total of more than 70 million hours of unpaid work to the community (ABS 2000).
The Government’s Valuing Volunteers  policy ensures that volunteers’ contributions are recognised and supported in practical ways.
The Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002 was proclaimed on 1 January 2003. The Act protects certain volunteers from incurring civil liability when doing community work on a voluntary basis and transfers that liability to the community organisation that organised the work done by the volunteer. Published by the State Law Publisher WA.

Volunteers (Protection from Liability) Act 2002

Western Australia Funding


1 -Any collection of money or goods from the public in Western Australia that are deemed to be for a charitable purpose.

2- Street collections in the Perth metropolitan area regardless of the purpose.

In Western Australia raffles are  regulated by the Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor.

What permits or approvals are required?

1- 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 Consumer and Employment Protection. This process can take two to three months.

2 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 Consumer and Employment Protection requires approximately six weeks notice to be granted. Street collections are generally held on Fridays.

Western Australia – Tax concessions

To access various concessions tax, the organisation may need to register for an Australian business number (ABN), goods and services tax (GST), fringe benefits tax (FBT), pay as you go (PAYG) withholding or other taxes.

Only certain types of non-profit organisations are exempt from income tax. The following organisations must be endorsed by the Tax Office to be exempt from income tax:

  • charities, and
  • non-charitable funds that distribute money, property or benefits solely to deductible gift recipients that are income tax exempt.

Western Australia – Non Profit recognition

“Any organisation or club collecting money or goods from the public for charitable purposes, needs to be licensed under the Charitable Collections Act.
The Associations Incorporation Act. and Associations Incorporation Regulations are intended to provide for the incorporation of associations in Western Australia and the regulation of their
affairs. The Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, and in particular the Commissioner for Fair Trading, has the responsibility to administer the Act and Regulations on behalf of the government.
The department has developed several information sheets which provide information on how it administers the legislation as well as outlining some of the major provisions of the Act and Regulations.

Section 4(1) of the Act: provides that an association is eligible for incorporation if it has more than five members and is formed for any of the following purposes:
(a) for a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose;
(b) for the purpose of promoting or encouraging literature, science or the arts;
(c) for the purpose of sport, recreation or amusement;
(d) for the purpose of establishing, carrying on, or improving a community, social or cultural centre, or promoting the interests of a local community;
(e) for political purposes;
(f) or for any other purpose approved by the Commissioner.