Last week, we saw charities and sector leaders and advisors write an open letter to our Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers imploring them to #fixfundraising. Their letter calls for the creation of one uniform fundraising regulatory regime as part of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). Prolegis fully supports this proposed reform, whilst also identifying a number of practical and policy issues that will require attention so that no unintended consequences arise for the charity and not for profit sector.
Prolegis fully supports major reform to our States and Territories’ existing laws around fundraising. These laws are outdated and often contradictory. They have neither kept up with, nor efficiently regulate, the fundraising practices we commonly see today. These practices include Australia-wide fundraising, peer-to-peer fundraising by individuals reaching out to their own networks and, business to customer fundraising, where businesses fundraise as they sell products and services for causes they have chosen to support, much of which now takes place on the web. In this opinion piece we highlight areas of concern with the existing laws and identify some of the questions that will need to be considered in adopting one uniform regulatory regime under the ACL.