Not for Profit Organisations

Owen Hodge Lawyers have worked with numerous not-for-profit organisations across a range of different areas.


We are experienced in the laws governing the not-for-profit sector and understand the diversity of the issues that impact these organisations. As a result our Sydney and Hurstville based lawyers offer a diverse range of services to provide legal support for the sector, which include charitable and not-for-profit organisations.


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Our advice to not-for-profit organisations has included a variety of charities, churches, disability organisations, museums, clubs, galleries, education providers, professional associations, community groups, and building and ancillary funds.


We can assist not-for-profit organisations, or people setting up not-for-profit organisations, in areas ranging from providing advice on legal structures, preparing documents to establish charities or not-for-profit organisations, to advising on tax issues affecting these organisations.


Owen Hodge Lawyers can advise on a variety of not-for-profit organisation specific issues, including;


  • The requirements of incorporation,
  • The requirements of fundraising, including registration and the rules,
  • Wills & bequests
  • Corporate governance, including the duties of officers, and
  • Tax requirements.


Owen Hodge Lawyers can ensure not-for-profit organisations have an effective legal structure to maximise income and minimise the costs, while we can also form or review commercial arrangements and constitutions to ensure they protect the organisations interests. We endeavour to maximise benefits received under tax exemptions and various government grants by preparing all the necessary applications.


We also advise on laws effecting all organisations, including;</h3

  • Occupational health and safety,
  • Anti-discrimination,
  • Employment law
  • Trademarks, Copyright and Intellectual Property,
  • Property and commercial transactions
  • Dispute resolution
  • Financial probity, and
  • Privacy laws.


Owen Hodge Lawyers are able to guide organisations through the legislation and prepare documents according to the Associations Incorporations Act and the Corporations Act, including amending the organisations constitutions and ensuring compliance.


Roger Harkin and the Not-for-Profit Organisations Law team at Owen Hodge Lawyers are highly experienced in advising on a variety of issues affecting clients in the charitable and not-for-profit sector. Please do not hesitate to contact our office today on 1800 770 780.

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