Our service provides legal advice, legal education and self-help resources for Australian charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises.
We give legal advice to eligible Australian charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises that help marginalised or disadvantaged members and can’t afford or have difficulty in accessing legal help.
Learn more about when we can help and who we can’t help.
NSW Government funding supporting our work with NSW community organisations will cease shortly, and this will impact our service delivery.
While we are dedicated to helping as many community organisations as we can, our ability to support NSW organisations with legal advice will be significantly reduced, and we will not be able to assist with urgent matters. You can still access our library of 300+ free self-help resources for community organisations, available at nfplaw.org.au/free-resources.
Our Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) service will remain unaffected, so if you’re from one of the 120 LALCs across NSW, please continue to make an application for our targeted, practical, and culturally appropriate free legal help.
If you think your organisation may be eligible for legal advice from us, then please proceed to complete the application for assistance. On average this form will take 5 minutes of your time to complete.
You might find the answer to your question(s) in our self-help resources and we encourage you to look there first. You may also be interested in our easy-to-understand, webinars and customised legal training for not-for-profit organisations.
The personal and other information that you provide to us in this application is used to make an assessment about whether we are able to provide you with a service or refer you to another service provider.
We respect your privacy and confidential information, and have designed robust systems to protect your information.
Some of our services are delivered by our lawyers in our pro bono network. We may share your information with these lawyers for the purposes of finding you legal assistance.
We will not share your information with other service providers (other than lawyers that we are trying to recruit to provide you with legal assistance) without first seeking your consent.
Before making an enquiry, we encourage you to read our self-help resources which guide you through the steps required to establish a not-for-profit organisation. In particular:
Starting a not-for-profit organisation: A series of factsheets and information to guide you through all the basic concepts. Also, our Getting Started Tool, and app designed to help you make key legal decisions about starting a not-for-profit group
Choosing a legal structure: Provides an overview of the options available for not-for-profit organisations, including if you are looking to set up a social enterprise.
Registering as a charity: Explains what a charity is and how to register a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
Understanding the tax landscape: Explains applying for tax concessions including deductible gift recipient (DGR) endorsement.
Fundraising and holdingExplains fundraising in Australia and the legal considerations when holding events.
We also regularly run free Getting Started webinars. More information about our upcoming webinars can be found on our website and by signing up to our monthly Not-for-profit Law Update.
This form must be completed by either the Executive Officer/CEO, Chairperson or board member(s) of your organisation OR by someone who is authorised by any of those people to make an enquiry on behalf of the organisation.
Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service can only assist not-for-profit organisations (rather than individuals involved in organisations).
Just because we aren’t able to answer your legal question, doesn’t mean that we can’t help. You might find the answer to your question(s) in our self-help resources. You may also be interested in our easy-to-understand, webinars and customised legal training for not-for-profit organisations.
It is not clear whether your organisation fits within our eligibility framework but we are happy to assess your matter if you decide to proceed with the application.
Just because your organisation might not be eligible for legal advice, doesn’t mean that we can’t help. You might find the answer to your question(s) in our self-help resources. You may also be interested in our easy-to-understand, webinars and customised legal training for not-for-profit organisations.
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We encourage you to review our self-help resources on dealing with conflict. They include information on removing a member or committee member. You may also be interested in our free webinar on member disputes and conflicts. These resources may also help you find another service that can help.
If you choose to seek paid legal advice, your state or territory law society ‘find a lawyer’ service may be of assistance. We are unable to provide specific recommendations.
State or territory law societies:
Law Institute of Victoria
The Law Society of New South Wales
The Law Society of South Australia
The Law Society of Western Australia
Queensland Law Society
The Law Society of Tasmania
The Law Society of the ACT
Law Society NT
We will review your request and notify you via email or phone as to whether Justice Connect can assist your organisation.
By other parties we mean the people on the other side of the legal issue (eg. a person, a business, an organisation).
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