Register of Environmental Organisations

About the Register

The Register of Environmental Organisations is a Commonwealth tax deductibility scheme for environmental organisations enabled under Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. It allows eligible organisations to be endorsed as Deductible Gift Recipients by the Australian Taxation Office.

Deductible Gift Recipient status means donations made to these organisations will be tax deductible for the donor.

The Act requires that the Department of the Environment maintains the Register, and to add or remove environmental organisations and their public funds by joint direction of the Minister for the Environment and the Assistant Treasurer, acting for and on behalf of the Treasurer.

To be eligible for entry to the Register, organisations must have a principal purpose of either:

  • the protection and enhancement of the natural environment or of a significant aspect of the natural environment; or
  • the provision of information or education, or the carrying on of research, about the natural environment or a significant aspect of the natural environment.

Deductible Gift Recipient status through the Register is separate from an organisation’s status as a ‘charity’ and eligibility for income-tax and other exemptions, which are administered by the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and the Australian Taxation Office.

Contacting the Register


Mail to:
The Administrator
Register of Environmental Organisations
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6274 1467

Further information

The Australian Business Register also holds information about whether an entity is entitled to receive tax deductible donations.

Additional information about charities and deductible gift recipients is available at the following websites:

You can also phone the Australian Taxation Office on 1300 130 248 for all non-profit organisation enquiries, including:

  • endorsement processes for charities and deductible gift recipients
  • income tax concessions, including exemption and refunds of franking credits
  • goods and services tax (GST) concessions
  • fringe benefits tax (FBT) concessions.