Charities and not-for-profits are accountable to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC), and must follow the guidelines in order to maintain a current registration with the ACNC.

Tisher Liner FC Law are experts in charity law. We work with charities and not for profits of varying sizes.

Ensuring the proper Charity Law legal structures are in place can help you maximise profits and minimise costs. We have significant experience in charity law providing charities and not for profits with a range of legal services from set up to on going governance. This combines seamlessly with our 50 years commercial and legal experience allows our team of lawyers to provide advise on all aspects of their operations.

We advise charity and not for profit clients in relation to a broad range of charity and not-for-profit start up and governance matters, including:

  • structures;
  • setting up the charity;
  • charitable trusts and ancillary funds;
  • charity registration with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (‘ACNC’);
  • policies and governance;
  • compliance;
  • tax deductible status (‘DGR’);
  • income tax exemptions;
  • employment;
  • partnerships;
  • collaboration agreements;
  • funding;
  • litigation support;
  • distribution of funds overseas; and
  • fundraising licensing.

Some of the specific services we can assist with:

  • establish  Australian charitable fundraising arm for international charities;
  • establish a tax-deductible fund for online crowd-funding company;
  • setting up an Australian based tax-deductible fundraising structure with multiple funds;
  • advising bodies in respect to not-for-profit status;
  • obtain fundraising licenses in all States and Territories;
  • establishing public benevolent institution with capacity to send funds overseas;
  • advising on purchasing property through charitable structures;
  • assist charities to respond to a breach of compliance notices issued by the ACNC;
  • re-structuring for profit entities to not-for-profit company;
  • assisting with the structuring of  tax-deductible social enterprise frameworks;
  • establishing private and public foundations or philanthropic funds; and
  • setting up online crowdfunding foundation.


Check out our Charity and Not for Profit Guide by clicking here.


If you require any advice in relation to charities or not for profits, contact Michael FetterPhillip Leaman, Felicity Simpson or Yoni Ungar to discuss the matter.


Are you ready to set up your charity? Please download, complete and forward to us the charity and not for profit questionnaire.

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