The following support and resources are available to all volunteers and not for profit organisations.

Getting Started

When getting started Justice Connect Not for Profit Law provides information about all the legal issues which may impact the success and operation of the group:

  • Before you start
  • The incorporation decision
  • Choosing a legal structure
  • Registering as a charity
  • Setting up your organisation
  • Social enterprises

Justice Connect Not for Profit Law also provides provides assistance with legal aspects in operating a non for profit including:

  • Good Governance
  • Rules or Constitution
  • Holding Meetings
  • Documents and Records
  • Roles and Duties of Committee Members and other people involved
  • Fundraising and events
  • Advertising and communication
  • Important legal agreements e.g. contracts
  • Reporting to government
  • Insurance and risk’
  • Tax
  • Disputes and conflict
  • Changing or ending your organisation
  • Working with other organisations

Incorporate Groups

If you are an incorporated group or planning to become incorporated Consumer Affairs Victoria provides information about:

  • Becoming incorporated
  • Running an incorporated association
  • Update details
  • Cancel, wind up or amalgamate
  • Search for an incorporated association
  • Penalties
  • Fees and forms

Our Community

Our Community provides advice, connections, training and easy to use tech tools for people and organisations working to build stronger communities.

Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria

The Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) is a free dispute resolution service funded by the Victorian Government. DSCV provides mediation services, as well as training and accrediting mediators to national standards.

State Government Victoria - Not for Profit Compliance Support Centre

The Not for Profit Compliance Support Centre is an online information resource for Victorian NFP community organisations. Its purpose is to help reduce the regulatory compliance burden and increase productivity within the sector.

State Government Victoria – Food Handling

If you are a Community Group or not-for-profit body wanting to sell food in Victoria, you need to identify the classification for your event and understand, and act on, the obligations that relate to your class of event. The resources include the following:

Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC)

Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission provides information about who can register and the requirements for registration.

Better Boards Australasia

Better Boards Australasia connects the leaders, chief executive officers, board members and senior management teams, of Australasian non-profit organisations to the knowledge including factsheets and networks necessary to grow and develop their leadership skills and build a strong governance framework for their organisation.

Board Connect

Board Connect provide advice, support such as fact sheets and self-development for the boards of not for profit organisations.

Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria is the peak body for volunteering in Victoria providing fact sheets, guides and research.

Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)

Victorian Council of Social Service is the peak body of the social and community services sector in Victoria and provides various resources

Volunteering Australia

Volunteering Australia is the peak body for volunteering in Australia and provides resources to assist you in volunteering, managing volunteers or setting up and running a corporate volunteer program.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory body whose role is to educate people about their obligations to consider human rights when making laws and providing services. The commission offers education, training, consultancy services.


In Victoria, all food premises are required to have a Food Act registration from their registering council before selling food. This includes fixed premises, such as cafes and restaurants – but also temporary and mobile food premises such as a market stall or food van or cart.  Streatrader is the online tool for businesses and community groups to register and notify their temporary and mobile food premises with their registering council.

A Secretary’s Satchel

A Secretary’s Satchel – Guide for Secretaries is designed to help the secretary and others within your association by explaining legal obligations and offering practical tips and tools for running an incorporated association in Victoria.  

Any secretary of an incorporated association in Victoria can benefit from this Guide, whether the association is a large association with paid employees, or a small, volunteer-run association.

Memoranda of Understanding

Download a MOU template from Justice Connect Not for Profit Law 

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