Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities, UWA Law School, Tuesday, 01. October 2019

This four-day short course examines the nature, function, governance and regulation of not-for-profit (NFP) entities in Australia, with a focus on charities. The unit approaches these issues on a life-cycle basis, examining aspects of formation, governance, tax and fundraising concessions, regulatory requirements and dissolution restrictions applicable to NFP entities under statute and the common law. The course engages with research, comparative perspectives and recent developments in the law to critique the extent to which the current framework for NFP entities encourages innovative, independent and efficient processes and activities for the public benefit, whilst also ensuring the accountability and integrity of the NFP sector. In doing so, we will examine boundary issues such as the provision of private benefits, the commerce/NFP boundary and the government/NFP boundary. Lawyers, accountants, government officials and NFP personnel will benefit from this course.
Topics include:
• defining and theorising NFPs and charities• formation (tax concessions and legal form)• operation of NFPs (governance, regulatory regimes, fundraising)• M&A in the NFP sector• equality and NFPs• current boundary issues (private benefit, commerce boundary, government boundary)
This course will be led by Dr Ian Murray. Ian has undertaken NFP sector research for over a decade and has a number of years’ experience as a legal practitioner advising on NFP issues. Ian also has practical experience in the regulatory and governance issues faced by NFPs, having been a NFP board member, including chairperson, for over 5 years and having worked as an in-house lawyer at the University of Western Australia. The course will also include a range of leading experts as guest speakers, drawn from the NFP sector, law firms, academia and regulators such as the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
CPD Points are available for this course.

Legal Issues for Not-for-Profit Entities

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