Guidelines for ministerial consent-undesirable names-charitable organisation

Any business name which, in the context it is proposed to be used, suggests a connection with a charitable organisation and that connection does not exist is considered to be undesirable. Ministerial consent is not required if the business name does not contain the words 'charitable' or 'charity' and a connection with a charitable organisation has been demonstrated.

Criteria for the assessment of applications

If a connection with a 'charitable organisation' has not been demonstrated, consent will normally be granted for such applications if:

(a) the name does not contain the words 'charitable' or 'charity'

(b) the applicant has demonstrated that there is no real likelihood that members of the public would be misled into believing that there is a connection with a charitable organisation.

Further links


Business Names Registration Act 2011

This Act details the legislative framework for business names in Australia.

Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2015


This Determination provides the rules for determining whether proposed business names are identical or nearly identical, restricted words and expressions, and the kinds of names that are undesirable.

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Last updated: 30/04/2014 12:00