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How to Register a Charity

Making the world a better place often begins with a small idea. But this idea must be turned into a reality before it can affect the real world. Turning an idea into a reality requires organising, planning, and some legal expertise. The following article will outline the steps you should consider to help you turn … Read More

Above the DIN: Understanding the New Director Identification Number (DIN) Requirements

In the aftermath of the Banking Royal Commission, the government is increasingly concerned with accountability and governance. In December 2019, the federal government introduced several bills to Parliament. On 12 June 2020, the legislative package passed both houses of Parliament. The package included the following Acts: Commonwealth Registers Bill Act 2020 Treasury Laws Amendment (registries … Read More

Have you been unsuccessful in your charity registration application? FAL can help!

We are often called in to “rescue” charity applications which have either been unsuccessful or which look like they will be refused. Here we discuss what we routinely see going wrong in applications prepared by others, and our approach to addressing and resolving these issues. If you or your organisation is in the process of … Read More

Not lovin’ it: McDonald’s sues Hungry Jack’s over ‘Big Jack’ trade mark

On 28 August, global fast food giant McDonald’s Asia Pacific LLC (McDonald’s) launched Federal Court proceedings against long-time rival Hungry Jack’s Pty Ltd (Hungry Jack’s), alleging Hungry Jack’s has infringed its famous “Big Mac” trade mark with its lookalike burger, “Big Jack”. Since 1973, McDonald’s has sold its “Big Mac” burgers across Australia and has … Read More

The absence of the Aboriginal Flag from the AFL’s Indigenous Round highlights Clothing The Gap’s continuing fight to #FreeTheFlag

Last weekend, the Aboriginal Flag was absent from the AFL’s Indigenous Round for the first time in fourteen years. The Indigenous Round highlighted that the Australian Aboriginal Flag is still marred in copyright and licensing controversies. While many Aboriginal persons, Aboriginal-owned businesses, organisations acknowledging and supporting Aboriginal culture and history, as well as many members … Read More

Lessons for Charities following Celeste Barber Fundraiser

Celeste Barber’s staggering $51.3 million bushfire appeal demonstrates just how generous, compassionate and supportive people can be in times of need. However, the need to ask the Supreme Court of NSW’s for guidance as to how the funds can be spent also demonstrates the complexity of the laws governing charities in Australia. During last summer’s … Read More

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