Guidelines

With Communities, we’ve created a place where like-minded people can connect, and community projects have a chance to fly.

People dream. People support. And communities benefit. It’s a beautiful thing.

So, if you’ve got a shiny new project that you think might fit the bill, here’s a great place to start. We’ve pulled together a few things you need to know before you get started. Read on to find out if you’re in the right place for your community project.

Serving the greater good

Is your project community-minded? Does it have the greater good at heart? All Communities projects must fit our criteria of being inclusive, politically positive and aligned with our diversity values.

Let's get real

Still not sure if your project fits the bill? Let’s take a look at a few scenarios that fit our criteria:

  • Fundraising for sporting equipment at your local school.
  • Supporting research into alternative energy resources through environmental-group fundraising.
  • Planning to paint murals and create sculptures on the grounds of your local hospital.
  • Raising funds and resources to help a group of refugees set up their new homes.

Of course, this list is far from all-inclusive, but it should give you an idea of the sorts of projects that are welcomed in Communities.

Are you old enough?

You must be over 18 years of age to create a project on Communities.

On rewards

Rewards can be a great way to promote your project and gain the traction you need to get things going. Follow these important rules and you’ll remain on the right side of the law.

You cannot offer the following things:

  • sexually explicit material or services as rewards
  • financial rewards
  • raffles or gaming prizes
  • illegal or restricted items
  • alcohol as a reward – it’s the same as selling; you must comply with relevant state legislation regarding sales and distribution of alcohol.

Check your project fits the bill

Here’s the quickest way to see if your project suits Communities. Take a look at our list of categories – does it fit into one of them? We’ve grouped our projects this way so that they can be seen by people who have similar passions.

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Events
  • Health
  • Sport
  • Technology

We’re open to change, and as Communities grows, we’ll review and add categories as needed. Please email us if you’re not sure which category your community project fits into.

Still not sure?

If you think you’re on the right track, but need a little more detail, take a look at our terms of use. You’ll need to read and accept them before you proceed with creating your project on Communities anyway. So seize the moment and dive in – because breaking our terms of use could result in the suspension of your project.

Play by the rules

All materials used by Communities project creators must comply with relevant copyright and intellectual property laws. You can’t post material that may be subject to copyright.

Promote but don’t spam

We’re fully behind you promoting your project. But you need to be aware that there are a few rules when it comes to sending emails to lists of people. Put simply, people must have opted-in to be contacted by you. If they didn’t, you could end up in a sticky situation. Check out the Spam Act 2003 for more details and ensure you know the dos and don’ts of bulk email.

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