NFP Lawyers is a specialist boutique law practice providing legal support to the not for profit sector.

We identify issues and risk areas, offer practical advice and assistance for issues affecting not for profit organisations and social enterprises.

We have worked with a diverse range of not for profit organisations and social enterprises, from community groups and associations to companies limited by guarantee.  Our clients have come from various areas of Australia and undertake a wide range of activities and services.

We aim to provide specialist legal support which is also cost effective.


  • Advice on appropriate legal structure

  • Preparation of governance documents

  • Advice on governance and compliance with directors’ duties

  • Advice on regulatory compliance – ASIC, ACNC, State Offices, ATO

  • Preparation of taxation endorsements/exemptions

  • Advice on intellectual property protection strategies – copyright, trade marks (national and international), domain names, confidentiality

  • Advice on privacy and FOI compliance

  • Advice on funding/grant agreements, sponsorship agreements

  • Advice on property and commercial transactions

Support Act

We have obtained legal advice from NFP Lawyers for a number of years now and have always found Dr Joanne Redburn to be very responsive and extremely thorough in the advice she provides. This gives us the confidence that we need to make decisions in relation to policy and strategy, knowing that we are compliant with regulatory requirements.  Clive Miller, CEO. Support Act.

Clive Miller

Healthy Land and Water

I have personally worked with NFP Lawyers for nearly 8 years, with my company having sought NFP legal counsel for over 10 years. I have found them to be responsive, professional in their dealings and experts in the provision of legal advice. The level of trust and respect built between Joanne and myself allows for open, honest and frank discussion. This level of interaction over the years ensures my legal counsel thoroughly understands our business needs, growth and opportunities, and as such they are able to provide guidance beyond what is typically considered the ‘legal domain’. Joanne and the team really know what it is like to walk in our shoes, and they work with my company to ensure we not only meet all legal obligations, but that the business and staff can excel at what we do. Julie McLellan, CEO. Healthy Land and Water.

Julie McLellan
Chief Executive Officer / Healthy Land and Water

Drought Angels Ltd

We engaged NFP Lawyers at the beginning of our journey some 4 years ago, to help us bring to life our passion of wanting to help farmers experiencing drought and other natural disasters. Joanne and her team have enabled us to navigate the NFP sector with ease.  Their advice and encouragement of not only the NFP requirements but their understanding of our charity, has made it possible for Drought Angels to accept any challenge head on with confidence.

Jenny Gailey


The support that CRC ORE receives from Dr Joanne Redburn of NFP Lawyers is excellent.  Jo’s advice over the years has been very helpful in negotiating some challenging issues.  Her knowledge in the areas of cooperative collaborations, research consulting and IP negotiations has made a number of these issues (almost) seamless!

Suzanne Campbell

Blackall Range Care Group

We have had a long association with NFP Lawyers because they understand the importance of practical assistance for not for profit organisations. Most recently, they have helped us with challenging employment issues. Michelle assisted us with advice that explained the legal issues in a way we could easily understand and implement. She drafted documents and gave us practical advice about how to manage the situations so we could stay on track and maintain good working relationships with our community, clients, employees and volunteers.

Pat Habner

Focus ACT

NFP Lawyers assisted us to deal with an investigation into serious allegations against one our employees. Michelle alerted us to issues we hadn’t considered, advised us on the legal issues we should take into account and gave us practical guidance about how to resolve the situation and then minimise the risk of it happening again. She explained the options we had, the effect and risks of those options and assisted us to make a decision that suited our organisation.

Carsten Shaw
Chief Operating Officer / Focus ACT


NFP Lawyers proved to be invaluable in a case before the Fair Work Commission. Michelle advised us, both professionally and thoroughly, over a period of many weeks. She demonstrated excellent knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulations and her experience in this field proved to be of significant benefit to our case. Her attention to detail in her advice and preparation of documents enabled us to argue our case very well, resulting in a successful outcome. She explained things thoroughly and clearly and represented us well through the process, keeping me engaged throughout. I have no hesitation in commending Michelle and NFP Lawyers.

Ken Fenton


We have relied on NFP Lawyers for many issues over the years and find their advice and support invaluable. With the extension of their employment practice, we have been able to get honest, efficient and effective professional advice when facing employment related challenges to avoid negative outcomes.

Debbie Dyke


107, 2022

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