Cutting red tape to help community groups be in the black

Published: 3 Jul 2020

Charities and community groups can now raise money and conduct community events free of unnecessary red tape and administrative costs, following changes to community gaming laws by the NSW Government.


Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said under the changes not-for-profit organisations can now operate social and fundraising events without having to apply for a permit for each and every activity.

“Community fundraising activities allow charities and community groups to raise significant amounts of money every year for important local causes,” Mr Anderson said.

“These small community groups don’t need to be bogged down in paperwork and red tape when all they’re looking to do is raise a bit of money for a good cause.

“We have made it as easy as possible for community groups to raise money and hold social events by throwing out the old time-consuming licensing requirements.

“On top of this, businesses will also benefit as the majority of trade promotion activities, such as prize giveaways for customers, will not need any authorisation. This alone will reduce overall costs to the sector by more than $1 million a year.”

Mr Anderson said the new laws also increased the ability of Fair Trading to tackle any dishonest behaviour.

“Fair Trading inspectors will be able check in on places where community gaming activities are being operated and if required can take measures such as inspecting documents. Fines will be issued if people are found to be undertaking activities that are obviously fraudulent and are looking to rip people off,” Mr Anderson said.

Information on the new Community Gaming laws is available on the Fair Trading NSW website.

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