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What is a non-profit?

Not-for-profit organizations are types of organizations whose primary purpose is to provide benefits and service to its members, not to earn profits for its shareholders.

A not-for-profit can make and keep profits as long as it is to used to pursue its purpose, such as to expand its facilities in order to deliver greater benefits and services to a larger number of members.

Nonprofit organisations are tax-exempt. In a nonprofit organization, income is not distributed to the group’s members, directors, or officers

There are different ways you can register as a not-for-profit organisation. Before you register, you should consider what structure best suits your organisation’s purposes.

Registering as a company
Registering as an incorporated association
Creating a registrable Australian body

Registering as a company

Charitable and not-for-profit organisations can be registered as public companies limited by guarantee. This means the liability of the company’s members is limited. The limit is usually the amount members will contribute to the property of the company if it is wound up.

Registration of a company creates a legal entity separate from its members. This means the company can hold property and sue or be sued.

If a public company limited by guarantee subsequently registers with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (the ACNC), some of these Corporations Act obligations are turned off.

Registering as an incorporated association

An incorporated association also known as Co-operatives is a legal entity separate from its members. The incorporated association structure can be more effective for small community organisations. They are generally simpler and more affordable than a company structure.

Incorporated associations are registered under state and territory legislation, which is not administered by ASIC. Incorporated associations can only carry on business in the state they’re registered in. For example, if registered in Victoria, they can only conduct business in Victoria. If they want to trade in other states, they need to become a registrable Australian body.

Unincorporated groups

For groups that have decided not to incorporate, the following fact sheet has information about unincorporated associations, including:

  • developing a statement of objectives and rules
  • the risks that may arise for unincorporated groups, and
  • registration as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

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We can provide you with professional consultations and support for various aspect such as:

  • Registration process
  • Tax concessions
  • Endorsement process
  • Legal structures
  • Financial management

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Overall Pros and Cons


  • Tax exemption
  • Limited liability
  • Eligible for grants
  • Working for society


  • Lack of funds
  • Low pay and loss of tax status
  • Competition for funding
  • Paperwork and administrative costs

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