Charities and Not-For-Profits

Around 600,000 not-for-profit organisations are active in Australia, making a huge contribution to our society. Many are going through a period of uncertainty, with government reviews and potential reforms to tax and operating structures on the horizon. This may bring about changes in both the nature of activities charitable and other not-for-profit organisations undertake and how they will be structured and administered.

Specialists On Your Side

Makinson d'Apice has established one of the largest and most knowledgeable practices in Australia focused on the charities and not-for-profit sector. This provides clients with the most current specialist expertise as well as a team that understands the details of their operations and challenges they face.

Our practice provides clients with legal support across all areas of their organisation, from constitution, structure and compliance issues to transactions, fund-raising and operational activities.

The firm has been active in the sector since it was established in 1859. The partners, lawyers and support staff who have chosen to work in this area do so because they share our clients' belief in the importance of charities and not-for-profit organisations and the value they create for our communities.

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Our Clients
  • Aged care facilities
  • Charities
  • Church institutions
  • Community groups
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Overseas Aid Organisations
  • Other local, state and national not-for-profit organisations

Some of our clients:

  • Aged care facilities
    • Opal Aged Care
    • Catholic Aged Care Sydney
  • Animal welfare charities
  • Catholic Church in Australia
    • Australian Bishops Conference
    • Dioceses (eg Archdiocese of Sydney, Dioceses of Maitland/Newcastle, Parramatta and Broken Bay)
      • Parishes
      • Development Funds
      • Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria
      • Diocesan Agencies (eg Catholic Education Office and CatholicCare)
    • Association of Ministerial PJPs
    • Catholic Church Insurance
    • Religious Orders and Congregations (eg Little Company of Mary, Jesuit Fathers)
    • Ministerial public juridic persons (eg Calvary Ministries)
    • Private Schools and Universities (eg St Ignatius College, University of Notre Dame Australia, Excelsia College)
  • Community groups
    • The National Trust of Australia (NSW)
    • Society of Australian Genealogists
  • Educational institutions
    • CEnet
    • University of Notre Dame Australia
    • Catholic Education Offices
    • various private colleges and schools
  • Government agencies
    • NSW Department of Education
  • Health advancement groups
    • Australian Cancer Research Foundation
    • Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
  • International Aid Organisations
    • Caritas Australia
    • Catholic Mission
  • Other religious institutions
    • Anglican Church
    • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Social and public welfare charities
    • CareFlight
    • St Vincent de Paul Society
Our Services
  • Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC)
  • Advice on constitutions
  • Charities Act advice
  • Deductible gift recipient requirements
  • Disputed estates
  • Establishment of companies limited by guarantee, incorporated associations and charitable trusts
  • FBT rebates and exemptions
  • Fundraising requirements
  • GST advice
  • Income and CGT tax exemptions
  • Property matters
  • Public and private ancillary funds
  • Rate exemptions
  • Taxes and duties (including exemptions and concessions)
Useful Links
ACNC P: 13 22 62 
ASIC P: 1300 300 630
Australian Taxation Office - Non-Profit Team P: 1300 130 248
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade P: (02) 6261 1111 
Department of the Environment , Water, Heritage and the Arts:
Environmental Tax Concessions (Register of Environmental Organisations)
P: (02) 6274 1111 
Register of Cultural Organisations P: (02) 6141 4337
Not-for-Profit Law @ Justice Connect P: (02) 9114 1793 (NSW) or 1800 706 220 (Victoria)
Not-for-Profit Compliance Support Centre (Victoria) P: (03) 9096 1183
NSW Fair trading
(fundraising licence)
P: (02) 9842 8188
The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Studies P: (07) 3138 2050
Fundraising Institute Australia P: (02) 9411 6644
Australian Institute of Company Directors P: 1300 739 119 
Philanthropy Australia P: (02) 9326 9200 
ProBono Australia P: (03) 8080 5650
Associations Forum P: (02) 9904 8200