The office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations started functioning early in 2008. Its first task was to start the process of setting up the register of voluntary organisations as stipulated by law. An application form was drawn up for this purpose together with notes intended to aid organisations to fill it in (see below).
Although voluntary organisations are not legally obliged to enrol with the Office of the Commissioner, enrolment is important and beneficial since through registration organisations qualify for a number of benefits which are not otherwise available to them. In the first place, the certificate issued by this office certifies the organisation officially as a bona fide 'voluntary'. Besides, registered organisations may benefit from the following measures which are aimed at assisting voluntary organisations in the execution of their work.