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We are standing with the not-for-profit community sector by ramping up our support for organisations affected by COVID-19.

We have developed free resources and webinars to help with the issues not-for-profit organisations are facing today.  These include: managing contractual obligations, holding meetings, navigating employment challenges and more. 

See our COVID-19 response for further information about how we can help.

On this page you’ll find our upcoming webinars program and access to recordings of past ones.They are aimed at small to medium not-for-profit organisations and presented by our lawyers and guest presenters. 

Please note we will send a confirmation email with details of how to access the webinar 1-2 days after you register.

New Webinars

Employee or independent contractor? When to employ and when to contract

Tuesday 9 June, 12.45pm

It can be difficult for organisations to decide if someone is, or should be engaged as, an employee or independent contractor. In this webinar, we’ll get to the bottom of this distinction. We’ll talk about what makes a worker an employee or independent contractor, give you tips about how to choose the right type of worker for roles in your organisation.

We'll explain the legal, financial and reputational consequences of getting this right. If you are looking to unpack this topical and important area of employment law, this webinar is a must watch for you. More information and booking.

Drafting a great Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Tuesday 23 June, 12.45pm

Learn how to draft an MOU that ensures everyone is on the same page.

With the bushfire recovery effort and response to COVID-19, 2020 is a year for organisations to work together more than ever. When you combine forces with another group, it's important to record the details of how you plan to collaborate. We've put together this webinar as an interactive how-to guide for drafting an effective 'memorandum of understanding', or MOU. More information and booking.

FREE National Volunteer Week Webinar Recording

Drafting a great volunteer agreement

In celebration of National Volunteer Week and the launch of our updated volunteer agreement template, we’ll be delivering a special free 30 minute webinar exploring the ins and outs of this important document.

Having a well thought out and drafted volunteer agreement is the best way to be clear about the relationship between your organisation and the volunteer. It also helps to manage certain legal risks that could come up in your volunteer program. Register and more information.

COVID-19 Webinar Recordings

If you've missed one of our recent free COVID-19 webinars, you can get it here! 

Let's get started: Setting up a not-for-profit during COVID-19

With increasing numbers of Australians needing support during the COVID-19 pandemic, you might be considering starting a new community organisation to help out.

In this free 30 minute webinar, our expert lawyers will run through what you need to know if you’re considering starting a new organisation. Listen to the FREE recording.

COVID-19 webinar: Privacy law & cyber security

We’re all adapting to a new way of working, with many people working from home and using online systems and platforms to connect and share personal information. We all need to be asking - what privacy considerations does our organisation need to think about in the outbreak of COVID-19? This FREE webinar will cover key issues such as the collection, use and disclosure of COVID related health information, privacy and cyber-security considerations for a remote workforce, and practical tips for managing these risks. Listen to the FREE recording here.

COVID-19 webinar: Key legal issues for managers of volunteers

Do you manage volunteers? Are you trying to juggle keeping your organisation going, taking care of your volunteers’ safety and delivering service to clients? Have you seen new community groups pop up and an influx of people wanting to volunteer during this crisis? We certainly have and we're here to help with this FREE webinar. Listen to the FREE recording here.

COVID-19 webinar: Workplace health and safety for front line not-for-profit workers

Are you a not-for-profit organisation with workers delivering essential services in the COVID-19 outbreak? Are you concerned about risks to these workers and others they interact with?

This FREE webinar will help your organisation understand key workplace health and safety issues relevant to essential workers, provide an overview of your legal obligations when it comes to their safety, as well as practical tips to manage these risks. Listen to the FREE recording here.

COVID-19 Webinar: Annual General Meetings. Can we hold them online?

We’ve had lots of questions from not-for-profit organisations about whether they can postpone their AGMs or hold them remotely (using technology) in light of the social distancing requirements imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We understand that all of this may be confusing so our lawyers have been in touch with state, territory, and federal regulators to get all the up-to-date information to help you decide when and how to hold your AGM. You’ll receive links to further resources and details of how to contact our team if you need specific advice. Listen to the FREE recording.

COVID-19 Webinar: Contract issues for community organisations 

This FREE webinar will help your organisation understand key concepts of contract law, with a focus on COVID-19. 

We’ll give you tools to navigate common contractual issues – whether you’re cancelling an event, renegotiating with a funder, putting a project on hold, or changing how you purchase or deliver goods and services. Listen to the FREE recording.

COVID-19: Employment issues for not-for-profits 

We've created this FREE webinar to support community organisations that are affected by COVID-19. We'll cover three key employment issues impacting not-for-profit organisations - leave entitlements for permanent employees, managing casual employees and ensuring the safety of volunteers.

We'll also provide you with other resources to help support you and your community organisation. Listen to the FREE recording.


Other On Demand Webinars Available For Purchase

To purchase a copy of the below recordings, use the links for each webinar. Once you have registered, and we have confirmed payment, we will send you a link to the webinar and a copy of the slides.

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Screening Checks Webinar

Thorough and systematic screening for employees and volunteers is a crucial part of not only compliance with the law and good governance, but running a successful and safe organisation – protecting all those involved with your service: staff, volunteers, clients and members of the public.

Are you involved in recruitment and management of staff and volunteers in your community organisation? Do you want to make sure you are implementing an effective and legally compliant screening program? Do you want to be up to date with the laws and processes around Working with Children Checks and Police Checks? If so, this webinar is for you. Access the webinar here.

Get #social not #sued – Social Media and the Law Webinar

Social media can help not-for-profit organisations expand their reach and grow awareness for their cause, but it also has the potential to cause damage to the organisation, its clients, employees or volunteers.

Sign up today for this webinar and we’ll step you through the key legal risks when not-for-profit organisations publish content on social media, including: privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property and defamation. Access the webinar here.

The webinars listed above qualify for CPD points through Volunteering Victoria’s CPD Program for Professional Leaders of Volunteers (available to members). Contact Volunteering Victoria to find out more.

Here's what past participants have to say about our webinars

“This was the first webinar I have participated in and I couldn't believe how easy and useful it was. A lot of the time I can’t attend training due to location, time and the fact we are a small not-for-profit. I found this really easy and was quite impressed. I will be opting for more webinars in the future as it saves time by not having to travel and I can do it without leaving my office."

“I thought the range of content covered was really good and the questions that were asked were answered really well.”

“Very practical guidance and lots of access to resources and links etc to help in the future!”

“Webinars make it a lot more convenient and I would definitely recommend others to attend your webinars.”

“Really clear, concise and accessible information. Thank you!”


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