The not-for-profit sector faces increasingly complex issues when it comes to legislative and regulatory frameworks that govern the sector. Proper legal structures, commercial arrangements and understanding exemptions are all factors that must be addressed to mitigate legal risks and maximise concessions available to qualifying not-for-profit entities.

Not-for-profit and charitable organisations and their directors are subject to similar scrutiny and regulation as for-profit organisations. Not-for-profits and charities also often have special reporting and regulatory obligations, such as those overseen by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission for registered charities.  These include strict governance standards and annual reporting obligations regarding the financial position and activities of a registered entity.  

Harwood Andrews provides advice to charities and not-for-profit organisations and community groups, as well as professional associations including in relation to:

  • regulatory compliance

  • charity registration

  • taxation concessions

  • specific laws surrounding the National Disability Insurance Scheme

  • governance and constitutional review

  • commercial contracts and arrangements

  • business structuring including mergers and demergers

  • bequests and charitable giving

Harwood Andrews has some of the most experienced lawyers in Australia who have advised both large and small not-for-profit entities operating in diverse areas, including the health, education, cultural, environmental, welfare, disability, sporting, international aid and other areas.  Many of our lawyers are also involved in not-for-profit and charitable organisations and can provide practical legal advice from experience gained from being involved in a range of different not-for-profit areas.

Not For Profit Contact

Rod Payne
Harwood Andrews
03 5226 8541  |  0407 268 541

Paul Gray
Principal Lawyer
Harwood Andrews
03 5225 5231| 0414 195 886