Queensland charities are being forced to come up with hundreds of dollars to become registered before they are even allowed to start fundraising, Brisbane Times.
The national charities regulator rates progress for reducing red tape for Queensland charities among the bottom of the barrel.
Marlene Menzie, secretary at new mental health charity Naradell, said the not-for-profit was required to fill out a lengthy application to register nationally, and then complete even more paperwork in Queensland.
Before being allowed to fundraise in Queensland, charities must register with the state government, which includes a requirement to advertise in The Courier-Mail and a local newspaper.
A”So that was $1000 when we had no funds,” Ms Menzie said.
“So that presented a challenge because we couldn’t lobby or approach anyone for a donation because we weren’t registered to do that.”
Ms Menzie said while she understood the necessity to vet charities to ensure they were legitimate, the process was a burden.
“We’ve felt that was maybe taking it a little bit far, and because not many people read that little public notice anyway,” she said.
Naradell, now registered, plans to establish a farm in the Sunshine Coast region providing short-term and extended accommodation, activities, education and social interactions for people living with a mental health condition, in addition to an urban hub.
Reduction of red tape for charities was lagging behind in Queensland, according to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC), which listed progress in most other states but none in Queensland.
Charities forced to fork out up to $1000 before they can fundraise (Brisbane Times)