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Frequently Asked Questions

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About NFP Law

NFP Law  is a program of Justice Connect a social justice organisation and community legal service and is itself a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity.

At NFP Law we provide free and low cost legal information, advice, and casework services to eligible community organisations across Victoria and NSW. Find out more about these services. We also offer fee for service training.

NFP Law is regularly engaged by local councils, government agencies and not-for-profit peak bodies to deliver legal training sessions to community organisations they regularly work with - often as part of their community development and capacity building programs.

What kind of community groups attend training sessions run by NFP Law?

Our training sessions attract participants from a diverse range of community groups, including social service and community support organisations, not-for-profit housing and health services, environmental and community development groups, sporting and recreation groups, advocacy organisations, educational, arts and cultural organisations, amongst others.

Who typically engages NFP Law to provide training?

NFP Law’s training clients are predominantly local councils, government agencies and not-for-profit peak bodies across Victoria and NSW.

These clients regularly engage us to deliver legal training to community organisations they work with and support.

Other clients have specific project funding and partner with us to deliver tailored legal training to target groups (such as culturally and linguistically diverse community groups). We are happy to work with peak bodies and other organisations to apply for funding to develop and run legal information training programs.

NFP Law is also able to provide tailored, ‘in-house’ training for individual community organisations on request, subject to capacity.

Where does NFP Law provide training? 

At NFP Law we love to travel! In Victoria we have delivered training in Mildura, Albury-Wodonga, Bairnsdale and Portland as well as many other locations across regional and rural Victoria. In NSW we have delivered training in Sydney as well as across regional and rural NSW. Please do not hesitate to contact us about coming out to your region.

About the training sessions and the trainers

How long are the training sessions?

Our standard training session length is 3 hours. We usually take a short break half way through the session. We are able to shorten or lengthen session on request.

How many people can attend a session?

Our training sessions are generally suitable for 15 to 50 participants. For smaller or larger groups we are happy to tailor a proposal to your needs.

Are the sessions interactive?

Yes! All NFP Law training sessions are designed to encourage questions, discussion and active involvement from participants. We use case studies, quizzes, small group work, real-life scenarios and other activities to engage participants and explore legal topics.

Who are the trainers?

All NFP Law training sessions are delivered by qualified lawyers with specialist expertise in not-for-profit and charity law.

All of our lawyers have experience in delivering legal training to community organisations. As Justice Connect is itself a not-for-profit organisation, our lawyers understand the context in which community organisations operate, sector terminology and the importance of providing clear, plain-language legal information to training participants.

Many of our lawyers are also personally involved in the sector as volunteer board or committee members.

Read more about the lawyers who work at NFP Law.

Other questions?

See our Information page, contact us by emailing NFP Law or call us on 03 8636 4448.

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