Register of Environmental Organisations - Guidelines and forms

Register of Environmental Organisations guidelines & application form


The application form must be completed by organisations seeking entry to the Register of Environmental Organisations and endorsement as a deductible gift recipient. The form must be submitted to the Department of the Environment, together with any supporting documentation.

The information on the form and any attachments is used by the Department to assess your eligibility for inclusion on the Register.

The application form is cross-referenced to the Guidelines for your convenience. Sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the Guidelines provide clarification to the requirements listed on the application.

Public fund management committee member nomination


A nomination form is required to be submitted to the Department for assessment for all proposed members. The Department is responsible for assessing proposed members for 'responsible person' status.

Statistical return of tax deductible donations


Organisations listed on the Register are required to submit statistical information to the Department on an annual basis. This requires the submission of a statistical return form.

Organisations with a financial year from 1 July to 30 June are required to submit a statistical return by 31 October. Organisations that operate with a different financial year are required to submit the return within a reasonable time following the end of their financial year.

Organisations on the Register that are also Registered Charities are required to report to both the Department and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.

To avoid delays in reporting, organisations are not required to submit a copy of their audited financial statement with the statistical return. However, the Department may request supplementary information, including an audited financial statement, as part of its assurance process.

Organisations listed by name in the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 are not required to report to the Department where the organisation is a Registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. 

Statistical return forms for previous years

Those organisations who have not submitted statistical returns for previous years can access the forms for previous years below. These forms should be submitted with the 2015 statistical return.

Assurance process

The Department will be undertaking an assurance process for the Register involving a sample of organisations. Organisations subject to this assurance process may be requested by the Department to provide supplementary information to the statistical return at that time, and this may include an audited financial statement. The Department will provide reasonable notice for the organisation to respond to any such request.

Failure to provide information requested by the Department may result in the commencement of compliance action which may result in removal from the Register. Any action taken by the Department in this regard will be done in accordance with the Register's Guidelines and relevant legislation, including the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.


Completed forms should be submitted via:

Email: (preferred)
Mail to:

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

Phone: 02 6274 1467


Your personal information is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988 and the Taxation Administration Act 1953, and is collected by the Department through the above forms for the administration of the Register. The information collected is required to assess an organisation’s continued eligibility for listing on the Register.

Your information may be used by the department or given to other parties for the purposes of research, investigation, where you have agreed, or where it is required or authorised by law.

You can get more information about the way in which the Department will manage your personal information in our privacy policy, which is also available on request.