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Charity Subtype: [Pt2] Health Promotion Charity “HPC” - A Charitable Institution

Part 2

When the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission register an organisation, its charity ‘subtypes’ are also publicly registered.

In our last post, we touched on Health Promotion Charities (HPCs) and noted that not all health-related charities will be HPCs.

Today we look closer at what organisations can be considered.

The specific legal meaning of health promotion charity is a charitable 'institution whose principal activity is to promote the prevention or the control of diseases in human beings'.

🔹 The description of a health promotion charity may be narrower than the description of a charity with ‘the purpose of advancing health’, as it sets out requirements of promoting the prevention or control of disease(s), not just an improvement to general health.

🔹 Also, a health promotion charity does not necessarily need to have the charitable purpose of "advancing health".

While it must have a charitable purpose, the ACNC does not consider that the purpose (or purposes) of the HPC need necessarily be advancing health. For example, a charity with the purpose of advancing education that’s main educational activity is promoting safe sex in order to prevent sexually transmitted diseases can also be a health promotion charity.

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