Setting up a Charity

This article provides a general overview on how to set up a public company that is governed by the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. As such, this article covers one particular scenario. You should read through the ACNC website in order to determine the set up of your particular charity (e.g. legal structure, charity type etc.) and seek legal assistance where necessary. 


Firstly, every charity requires a governing document that sets out its charitable purpose, not-for-profit basis and decision-making process. 

You may wish to use the ACNC pre-approved constitution template - if so, fill out the template and provide us ( with the completed constitution. 

Alternatively, if you want a custom-made constitution let us know ( and we can refer you to our legal services provider, where a solicitor can draft it for you on a fee-for-service basis. 

You will also need to complete the "Public Company" document form on the NowInfinity platform. Once complete and paid for, it will sit in our hold queue to be submitted to ASIC. You will need to have sent through the completed ACNC constitution template or be in an engagement with our legal services provider for a custom constitution to be drafted (see above). One of these governing documents will need to be submitted to ASIC along with your Public Company application. 

Once registration is complete on ASIC's end, a member from our Customer Service (support) team will notify you. 

You can then submit your application to ACNC pursuant to your review that the relevant requirements have been met in order to register as a charity. 

Once this "charity" status has been attained, you will need to lodge a Form 484 with ASIC to commence the "Deductible Gift Recipient" status. 

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