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Not-for-Profit

Russell Kennedy provides exceptional legal support and solutions to clients in the not-for-profit sector, consistent with our desire to make a difference to the community.

We’ve supported not-for-profits for more than 30 years and have a deep understanding of how expanding legal and compliance requirements are impacting their ability to operate effectively and provide services to the community.

We provide clear and practical legal guidance that adds significant value to those we work with. Our NFP lawyers serve on the boards and advisory committees of many charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Our clients include charities, health and aged care organisations, education providers, disability services, housing providers and industry associations. We advise on corporate governance and regulatory compliance, funding and fundraising, protection of intellectual property, charities legislation and tax law, and operational aspects including property, employment, workplace health and safety and dispute resolution.

The not-for-profit sector is facing significant legal and regulatory change. Tax laws relating to charities and NFPS and legal and compliance issues are subject to ongoing review, and State and Federal Government legislation – such as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) – is placing additional pressure on operating costs.

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Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-for-Profits update

23 Apr 2019

In January 2019, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) published a revised and developed version of its Good Governance Principles and Guidance for Not-for-Profits (the Principles).

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Large businesses with consolidated revenue of over $100m must consider Modern Slavery risks

27 Nov 2018

The Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) (the Bill), which is currently before the Senate and is expected to become law, introduces new obligations for large businesses operating in or from Australia with a ...

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New reporting for charities

8 Oct 2018

Charities must report advocacy/political expenditure to the Australian Electoral Commission. Read about the new thresholds and deadlines below.

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