According to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission charities account for 11% of total employment in Australia. Charities are a subset of not-for-profit organisations and receive distinct tax benefits as a matter of public policy to facilitate their positive work in the community.
Charity law is a distinct, complex and highly specialised area of the law.
We help you through every step of the charity registration process.
We help with structuring your charity. It can be difficult to know whether to create a charity as an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee, through the mechanism of trusteeship or whether your charity should take another form.
We help you register your charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (“ACNC”) and have it endorsed by the Australian Tax Office (“ATO”). The ACNC is the regulator which manages Australian charities and applications need to be carefully drafted in order to ensure that your charity’s activities match legally accepted charitable purposes.
We help your charity obtain tax concessions including, where applicable to your charity’s charitable purpose, deductible gift recipient status.
Once your charity is registered we help you manage your charity’s governance with advice on how to manage director and member meetings. We also audit and review your charity’s policies and governing document and help you keep up to date with the latest regulatory changes. We help you draft the agreements your charity needs; between other entities or as needed for employees and volunteers.
We help you ensure compliance with the ACNC conduct standards and, where relevant, external conduct standards.
We help you obtain fundraising licences in each state and territory where needed.
We believe in doing good which is why we specialise in charities law.