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Not-for-profit Law Legal Advice

What we do to help

There are a number of ways we can help.

We can:

  • provide legal information
  • provide telephone advice (from our in-house lawyers on a call-back basis)
  • make a referral for pro bono assistance from one of our member law firms (for more complex legal matters)
  • refer you to another body who may more appropriately help you including to other legal services
Who do we help?

We try to help everyone. The type of help that we can provide will depend on a few things. This includes:

  • the type of legal matter;
  • the type of organisation (it must be not not-for-profit and serve the public interest); and
  • if the organisation has advice or assistance readily available to them (on a paid or unpaid basis).
When don’t we help?

We generally don’t help with the following legal matters:

  • internal disputes (like a dispute between your organisation and a member, or disputes between board members), however, we have factsheets on internal disputes and can let you know about free dispute resolution services 
  • disputes between two or more not-for-profit organisations
  • complicated disputes including where court action has been taken or is likely to be taken

We generally don’t help the following groups:

  • trade unions
  • sporting groups
  • political associations
  • religious organisations
  • residential action groups
  • statutory bodies
  • privately controlled foundations or corporate foundations
  • for-profit businesses (unless a not-for-profit is seeking to set up a for-profit social enterprise).
Are you starting-up a not-for-profit organisation?

New or start-up organisations should read our Getting Started resources. These resources will help to guide you through setting up a not-for-profit organisation.

We also recommend registering for one of our regular Getting Started webinars. You can find our webinar schedule here.

Generally Not-for-profit Law cannot provide advice to individuals starting a not-for-profit organisation, but after you have started your organisation we may be able to assist. 

Our full eligibility guidelines

All of the above considerations (who we help and how we help) are also set out in our criteria for assistance, which you can access here.

Make an enquiry

You might quickly find the answer to your question in legal resources.

If not, and you organisation is eligible, please complete the online enquiry form below. This is the quickest and easiest way for us to deal with your enquiry. 

If you cannot access the online enquiry form you can call us and leave a message on 1800 NFP LAW (1800 637 529).

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