Public Ancillary Funds

Ancillary funds are the funds that make a special bond between a donor (who will donate) and the organizations (which will receive) tax deductible donations as deductible gift recipients (DGRs).  Such funds are produced only for DGR endorsed organizations. 

In addition, ancillary funds are regulated by the ATO (Australian tax office).

However, there are two types of ancillary funds; public ancillary funds and private ancillary funds. We will discuss both of them in detail and if you are looking for information about how to donate to charity in Australia or if you want to set up a private foundation in Australia, we are here to guide you.

But first, let’s get the basics of these funds first for better understanding.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Organizations which are endorsed as DGRs (deductible gift recipients) have the authority to receive donations from the deductible income tax of the donor. Which means, they can claim the donor’s tax deductions whenever a donor donates charity.

Public Ancillary Funds
Public Ancillary Funds

What is a public ancillary fund?

The primary function of these funds either public or private, is the welfare of the community and public of Australia. Public ancillary funds(PubAFs) are raised by the wide groups of donors who donate a wide variety of gifts or donations to the public. 

Let us explain to you what a public fund is. 

Public funds which fall under DGR purposes have two types or categories;

  • The funds which are controlled and established by the government and government authorities.
  • The funds in which the public contributes.

List of public ancillary funds

  1. Community foundations.
  2. Corporate foundations.
  3. Fundraising organizations for individual charities like schools and hospitals.
  4. Public libraries.
  5. Public museums.
  6. Public art galleries.

These DGR categories are either registered with ATO or an Australian government agency. 


Let’s find out how private ancillary funds differ from the public ones.

Difference between public and private ancillary funds?

Although the aim of both funds (private or public) is the same; to provide financial benefits to the public and to enhance the social welfare of the country, the private ancillary funds don’t include any invite to the public or the public can’t contribute to it.

Private ancillary funds which are designed for not-for-profit trust in Australia by the group of family members or individuals. Such individuals contribute in the trust for the long-term and have all the responsibility to manage and donate the charity to the charitable organizations.

Now the question arises, can anyone set up a private ancillary fund? Well, the answer is a big NO!

A PAF (private ancillary fund) requires only a trustee who;

  • Must be a corporate entity with at least 2 directors.
  • One of the directors must have any degree which holds responsibility towards the Australian government i.e; Solicitor or a Chartered accountant.
  • He should have contributed more than $10,000.

However, being a trustee of PAF requires you to hold the full responsibility towards charity and managing it.

How to set up a private foundation in Australia?

Setting up a private foundation in Australia requires a series of steps. Let us explain every step in detail for better understanding.

Creating a trust

The first step is to establish the acceptable form of trust to the private ancillary includes the individual’s circumstances according to which investments are made. You must comply with the guidelines of the PAF to ensure trust.

Creating Public Ancillary funds governing document

The next step is to create a governing document which ensures that the donations received will be only directed or subjected to charitable purposes and not for business purposes.


The next step is to get an ABN number. ABN stands for Australian business number. You can apply for ABN electronically through the official website of the Australian government or via any tax agent. 

DGR Endorsement

After that, the next step is to register the PAF with Australian authority and for that you need registration in Australian charity and Not-for-profits commission (ACNC). Once you apply for registration there, you will automatically receive a confirmation message once you are registered.

But here is a twist, if you are already a registered charity then you don’t need to apply for ACNC. you can apply directly for endorsement on the website of ATO.

The requirements needed for that would be;

  • You must require your completed Public Ancillary funds schedule for DGR applicants.
  • A copy of the executed deed trust.
  • An agreement to comply with the private ancillary fund guideline.

Some of you might be wondering about the governing bodies where one can apply. We have sorted this section for you as well.

Public Ancillary Funds
Public Ancillary Funds

Governing bodies where you can apply to

Now, in order to execute the Public Ancillary funds trust deeds, you need to submit the following applications must be submitted to the Australian taxation office;

  • Australian business Number (ABN).
  • Goods and Services tax (GST).
  • Tax file number.
  • Income tax exempt charity.
  • Fringe benefits tax purposes.


Ancillary services are secondary health insurance services provided by the hospitals when hospitalization’s claim is denied due to miscellaneous issues. One of the ancillary services are medical leave for the employees who are injured or get severely ill. 

Setting up a trust for charity purposes costs you nothing. However, if you want to build a trust for a business purpose, then charges may apply depending upon the type of the business. 

Charitable trusts are made for a specific purpose to hold and protect your assets for charity. The assets are dealt according to the agreement and rules which a donor has made while donating the assets. 


Public ancillary funds and private ancillary funds help the country to enhance their social welfare, help the needy and to prosper as a nation in the whole world. The main difference between these two funds are; the public is not involved in private ancillary funds; only individuals and family members who have enough money to donate in the long-term are involved.

Also, you need to follow the ATO guideline when you register yourself as the PAF officially and follow the guidelines strictly. We hope that we were helpful enough for you to make you understand about public and private ancillary funds and how they are DGR endorsed. 

Still, if you need any assistance regarding this topic, feel free to ask us. 

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