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Register of Harm Prevention Charities


The Register of Harm Prevention Charities (the Register) is to assist charitable institutions, whose principal activity is to promote the prevention or the control of behaviour that is harmful or abusive to human beings, to obtain financial support from the community by providing a tax incentive mechanism for the community to donate to those charities. Behaviour that is harmful or abusive means one or more of the following:

  • emotional abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • physical abuse
  • suicide
  • self harm
  • substance abuse
  • harmful gambling

These expressions are not defined by legislation and have their ordinary meaning.

The Register is maintained by the Secretary of the Department Social Services (DSS) in accordance with directions from the Minister for Social Services (the Minister) and the Treasurer or his delegate.

Legislative requirements for charities

An institution listed on the Register of Harm Prevention Charities must establish and maintain a public fund. From 25 September 2014, the public fund must be:

  1. a registered charity; or
  2. operated by a registered charity.

The institution will need to decide how it wants the public fund to be set up and managed. The link has more information.

How to Apply

For further information and other inquiries contact the:

Register of Harm Prevention Charities
Ph: 1800 441 242
Email: Harm Prevention Charities Register (

Register of Harm Prevention Charities

This is a list of the harm prevention charities and the public funds that have been entered on to the Register of Harm Prevention Charitable Institutions.

Information for charities entered on the Register

Statistical Return

Harm prevention charities listed on the Register must provide the Department with statistical information about donations and gifts made to the public fund each financial year, within four months of the end of that year. For more information see section 2.8 of the Register of Harm Prevention Charities Guidelines 2014.

To provide this information, download and complete the Statistical Return:

and send it to:
Register of Harm Prevention Charities
Department of Social Services
GPO Box 9820
Canberra ACT 2601

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