Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO)

Submissions closed at midnight 31 December 2023 (AEDT).

Important Information: Transfer of administration to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)

As of 1 January 2024, administrative responsibility for assessing eligibility for Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status for Cultural Organisations will be transferred to the ATO. The changes will enable consistency of administration, reduce red tape, and provide a simplified application process for organisations seeking DGR status.

All applications received by the department via SmartyGrants before midnight AEST 31 December 2023 will be transferred to the ATO for a decision on DGR eligibility and endorsement. The transfer of information will include all personal and commercial-in-confidence information that has been provided in the application via SmartyGrants and to the Department directly. If you do not want your application to be transferred to the ATO, please do not submit an application for the ROCO.

Any application that is not submitted by 31 December 2023 will be deemed to be closed and will not be assessed or transferred to the ATO for a decision.

From 1 January 2024, the Australian Business Register (ABN Lookup ( should be used as the primary source of information with regards to an organisation’s DGR status and the ROCO list will be removed from the department’s website.

If you choose not to submit an application at this time, it is still open to your organisation to submit a new application directly to the ATO after 1 January 2024. For further information refer to Apply for DGR endorsement or DGR Registers Reform on the ATO website or contact the ATO Endorsements team via


Before you begin

Welcome to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications online submission service, powered by SmartyGrants. You can begin anywhere in the form. Please ensure you save as you go. For queries about the Register of Cultural Organisations guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us on 02 6271 7108 during business hours or email and quote your submission number.

Click here to view the Register of Cultural Organisations guidelines

If you need more help using this form, download the Help Guide for Applicants or check out Applicant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Navigating through your submission

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Submitting your application

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If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email, then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.

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