Often people want to form a group to pursue a common goal, such as assisting people who are experiencing hardship or forming a local netball club. Community organisations are important and most people A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. either be part of a community organisation or will have to deal with one.
It is important to understand both the basic operation and structure of community organisations, and the key legal requirements for running them.
This chapter does not contain comprehensive information about every form of community organisation. Nor does it set out the law as it relates to these organisations in detail. It contains an overview of the most common legal structures available to community organisations (and their advantages and disadvantages) and information about other general legal considerations to bear in mind when running a community organisation.
The content of this chapter is directed only to not-for-profit community organisations.
For more information on issues raised in this chapter, see ‘More information’ at the end of this chapter and the free resources on Justice Connect Not-for-profit Law’s website (www.nfplaw.org.au). Justice Connect is a community legal centre that has a specialist Formal delivery of legal documents to a person to tell them there are court proceedings against them which they must defend, or to make sure a witness in a case knows when they have to go to court to give evidence., Not-for-profit Law, that helps
not-for-profit community groups.