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Through our 20 years of advising non-profit funded research bodies and Cooperative Research Centres, at FAL Lawyers we have developed a profound understanding of the needs of the not-for-profit sector.

We advise not-for-profit organisations on a range of issues, from corporate structuring and governance to funding agreements, collaboration agreements, tax exemptions and commercialisation of their valuable research. We have closely followed the development and activities of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, given its impact on many of our clients in this sector.

Brand power is of special significance to charities and not-for-profit organisations in the public eye. Our expertise in branding strategy can help your organisation maximise and protect its visibility and identity in the most comprehensive and ethical manner.

Research Institutes can increase their value and raise capital for further and better research through licensing of their intellectual property. Our particular expertise in this field and unique understanding of the sector can help bring clarity and minimise any anticipated risks and maximise the value of commercialisation activities your organisation may be considering.

FAL is firmly committed to giving back to the community, providing a broad range of non-billed public good services in our areas of expertise to clients referred through the Public Interest Legal Clearing House (Victoria) Inc (PILCH). As advisors to government, we have also undertaken voluntary commitments to achieve certain targets in terms of pro bono work, which we have consistently met or exceeded.

Please contact the PILCH if you believe you may qualify for pro bono legal services.

Our services to the not-for-profit & research sectors:
  • Contracts & Agreements
  • Corporate Structuring / Transition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Grants / Capital Fund Raising
  • Employment
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Information Technology
  • Patent & Technology Commercialisation
  • Plant Breeder’s Rights
  • Trade Marks & Brand Strategy
  • IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Taxation Exemptions
  • Defence Export Controls
Significant matters

INAP: International Network for Acid Prevention is a non-profit collaborative mining industry group established to address the issue of acid drainage, which is one of the most serious and potentially enduring environmental problems for the mining industry. FAL provided strategic advice to INAP on its establishment, as well as ongoing legal advice on governance matters and collaborative research agreements.

FAL provided advice around commercialisation of IP to the Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum (CHAF).

FAL advised one of Australia’s leading professional services industry associations on tax exemptions, in particular payroll tax exemption in light of the Word case (Commissioner of Taxation v. Word Investments Ltd).

FAL advised a healthcare provider on its transition to a new corporate structure, in light of the creation of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission and the Incorporated Associations Reform Act.

On behalf of Brown Coal Innovation Australia. FAL negotiated a highly complex Research Funding Agreement with Australian National Low Emissions Coal Research & Development (ANLEC R&D)

FAL provides ongoing legal and company secretarial support to Young and Well CRC, a not-for-profit collaborative research vehicle investigating the role of technologies in the well-being of young people.