Charities + Social Sector

Gilbert + Tobin’s Charities + Social Sector Group (formerly Third Sector Advisory) provides specialist advice to the charitable and not-for-profit sectors including large and small charities, community organisations, corporate foundations, industry associations and private families and individuals.

Our approach

Our group’s deep knowledge of, and experience in, areas of law that relate specifically to charities and not-for-profit organisations, coupled with our broad corporate expertise, enables us to provide innovative, holistic and strategic legal advice and guidance. We provide a full suite of top-tier experience in areas such as corporate/commercial, tax, intellectual property (including trademarks), finance (including banking and loan agreements), real estate and projects (including leasing), construction, planning and employment. We also have a long-standing and well known commitment to the community through our pro bono practice and CSR initiatives.

Our services

Our services include advice and guidance on:

  • Organisation/business types, structures and models preparation of new constitutions and reviewing and tailoring current constitutions.
  • Charitable fundraising laws, licensing and regulation.
  • Receipt of gifts and other donations and the running of charitable fundraising activities and events (including from a tax perspective).
  • Deductible gift recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) status and other tax benefits, exemptions and rebates both federal and state (such as income tax exemption, land tax and payroll tax relief). We provide TCC, DGR and other tax analysis from the initial review and application process, to audits and on-going compliance.
  • Income and capital gains tax, goods and services tax and stamp duty.
  • Trade promotions, privacy, spam and do not call laws and regulation.
  • Establishing, running and winding up trusts (including stamp duty and drafting and interpreting founding trust documents).
  • Corporate governance generally such as director and member meetings, directors’ duties, voting procedures and protocols and reporting to ASIC.
  • Preparing, reviewing and advising on employment, consultancy and volunteer agreements providing corporate governance and board charter solutions.
  • Negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements such as joint venture and consortium agreements, agreements for the supply of goods or services, funding agreements (including tenders and government grant/funding agreements), web services agreements, web use terms and conditions, software procurement agreements and publishing and licensing agreements.
  • Preparing government submissions and conducting other legal policy work including preparing, contributing to and/or reviewing clients internal and external publications.
Awards and Recognition
  • Gilbert + Tobin's Charities + Social Sector Team is ranked for Charities by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019.

Way ahead in its levels of commitment and its ability to understand the needs of charities.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018