Rural Seminar: Top Legal Tips for Community Organisations

Held Wednesday 4 September 2013

Social, sporting and charitable organisations are the backbone of many rural communities. Being involved in running a community group can be stimulating and satisfying - a way to contribute to your community and follow your passions. It also involves complying with your legal duties and following good governance practices!

The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice in partnership with PilchConnect ran a seminar on legal tips for community organisations on Wednesday 9 September 2013. Board members and administrators from community based organisations participated via video conference at one of nine regional locations. Download the presentation [1.7MB PDF].

The interactive seminar covered some of the top legal tips for running a successful community organisation.

Topics covered included:

  • Understanding your organisation's legal purpose, structure, charity and taxation status
  • Ensuring your rules or constitution meet your group's needs and comply with the law
  • Keeping health and safety on the agenda
  • Reviewing your risk and insurance profile
  • Finances and fundraising - keeping up to date with reporting requirements

Presented by:
Kate Fischer, Manager of Training, PilchConnect *
Kate Fazio, Manager of Legal Information, PilchConnect*


*PilchConnect is a specialist legal service set up by PILCH to provide free and low-cost legal assistance to not-for-profit community organisations. PilchConnect helps the helpers' by providing legal information, advice and training to not-for-profit community organisations. In doing this, we help organisations focus their time and energy on achieving their mission- whether that's supporting vulnerable people, delivering community services, enhancing diversity or bringing people together to pursue a common interest or cause.


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