Public Collections and Solicitations (Disclosure of Payment) Bill

  • discharged on 25 May 2016

Public Collections and Solicitations (Disclosure of Payment) Bill

Member’s Bill


Explanatory note

General policy statement

This Bill seeks to bring transparency to public collectors, who are paid to solicit donations or signatures, to ensure that the public is fully informed as to all the relevant information when signing, paying, or donating to any cause. Under the Bill, collectors who fail to make adequate disclosures, as prescribed, commit an offence.

Clause by clause analysis

Clause 1 is the Title clause.

Clause 2 is the commencement clause. The Bill comes into force 3 months after the date on which it receives Royal assent.

Clause 3 provides that the purpose of the Bill requires any person collecting or soliciting donations, subscriptions, or support for an organisation to disclose any payment or remuneration for performing that collection.

Clause 4 sets out what type of collectors or solicitors are required to make a disclosure under this Bill—any person who solicits a payment or signature or similar in a public place who receives payment or remuneration and who is not collecting or soliciting for a registered charity.

Clause 5 provides that a disclosure under the Bill must be made orally or in writing, must be made before the collection takes place, and must reveal who is making the payment.

Clause 6 makes it an offence for any person who is required to make a disclosure to fail to make that disclosure.

Clause 7 provides that a constable may issue an infringement notice not exceeding $1,000 if he or she suspects or has reasonable cause to suspect that an offence under this Bill has been committed and sets out how that infringement notice can be served and what information that infringement notice must contain.