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Help reinstate Not-for-profit Law’s funding in NSW

28 November 2023

A year since the NSW Government stopped funding our work, we now have no choice but to cut off certain services to NSW-based community organisations. We’re asking you to help us reinstate our funding by emailing a letter to the NSW Government in support of the Not-for-profit Law program so we can continue to support a strong and vibrant NSW community sector. 

Who we are

Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law program is the only nationally available source of free legal support for community organisations across Australia, focusing on legal help for small-medium sized organisations delivering frontline services. We build the capacity of volunteers and staff in community organisations to understand the law and achieve good governance. We prevent legal problems through self-help tools and education, and provide access to free lawyers when organisations need specialist legal advice.  

Every day, community organisations grapple to navigate complex legal issues around employment obligations, workplace safety, privacy requirements, tax compliance, and more. By providing tailored legal support, we save organisations time, money, and resources so they can deliver more services to communities in need. Without this support, organisations risk getting bogged down in legal and governance issues that can impact their overall sustainability.

The impact of losing our funding in NSW

A year ago, the NSW Government stopped funding our work. We were forced to scale back our free legal advice services in NSW and turn away organisations that are unable to get free legal help elsewhere. We also had to let go of talented staff whose roles we could no longer fund. 

A year on, our work in NSW is still unfunded. We now have no choice but to cut off our NSW advice services completely and start removing our tailored legal information resources for NSW-based community organisations from our website because we no longer have the funding to keep them up-to-date and legally accurate.  

We know our services are valued and used by tens of thousands of NSW community organisations each year. There’s a growing need for the specialist free legal support only we can provide as community organisations face increased demand for their services in the face of the worsening cost of living crisis and rolling climate-fuelled disasters.  

Without access to our support, many organisations will struggle to navigate legal and governance issues, which in turn impacts their ability to deliver services to their communities efficiently, effectively, and sustainably. 

How you can help

We need your help to ensure a sustainable NSW community sector where frontline organisations can access our free legal support to help them deliver services to the growing number of people in need across the state every day. 

We’re asking you to email a letter now to the NSW Minister for Families and Communities in support of reinstating our funding so we can continue to support a strong and vibrant NSW community sector.

Our other services 

Our Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) service will remain unaffected, so if you’re from one of the 120 LALCs across NSW find out more about how we can help your organisation. 

Our webinar and training delivery will also remain unaffected. Take a look at our upcoming webinars, or browse our training sessions