In partnership with Our Community, Moores is offering members of the not-for-profit sector the opportunity to obtain expert legal advice via the Not-for-Profit Assist legal membership service.

Membership of Not-for-Profit Assist gives you direct access to the expertise of lawyers who have extensive knowledge of the not-for-profit sector and are committed to providing relevant, targeted and practical advice and service.

Members can also choose from three membership levels (silver, gold and platinum), and may opt for a membership period that suits your own needs.

We offer three, six or 12-month packages. You can also opt in to access our 24/7 hotline service for those particularly turbulent times.

Legal Areas Covered:

  • Human resources and employment
  • Board governance, compliance & risk management
  • Tax
  • Property & construction
  • Agreements
  • Bequests

What every not-for-profit organisation must do NOW

To join, call us direct on our NFP Assist line (03) 9843 2119 or complete the expression of interest form by clicking here
and a member of Moores will be in touch to discuss your application and answer any queries you have.

Child Protection

The lawyers at Moores have helped organisations deal with these types of issues for over 40 years. Most recently, we have assisted organisations deal with concerns of abuse / misconduct, investigate allegations, assist the Victorian Institute of Teachers and the police in relation to such concerns, helped clients through the Royal Commission process, and provided education to thousands of individuals regarding the voluntary and mandatory reporting obligations.

Free Child Protection Toolkit

The Child Protection Toolkit sets out practical advice to help organisations across Australia meet their child protection obligations (including new obligations that came into force for most Victorian not-for-profit organisations on January 1), and ensure their environment is a safe place for children. The toolkit it designed to provide practical advice to organisations of all sizes across the country. It includes a rundown on laws and obligations in every state and territory, child-safe volunteer and employee recruitment and screening tips, template policies and code of conduct, and a checklist to ensure your organisation is meeting its obligations and, if not, knows where to go to get help.

The toolkit has been designed to provide practical advice to organisations of all sizes across the country. It includes a rundown on laws and obligations in every state and territory, child-safe volunteer and employee recruitment and screening tips, template policies and code of conduct, and a checklist to ensure your organisation is meeting its obligations and, if not, knows where to go to get help.

By making the toolkit available at no cost to Australian organisations, Moores and Our Community aim to play our part in helping to preserve every child’s right to a safe childhood.

“By downloading this toolkit and putting in place the strategies, policies and procedures it recommends, organisations will be taking the first invaluable step toward preventing child abuse,” said lead author Catherine Brooks, a principal at Moores. “It’s vital we as a community work together to reduce the number of Australian children experiencing neglect or abuse. We’d like to see these figures reduced to zero.”

The toolkit is available at: www.ourcommunity.com.au/childprotectiontoolkit

Our products and services

  1. Education: We run training for your board, management, staff, volunteers and contractors;
  2. Strategy: We assist organisations implement proactive strategies to reduce the risk of child abuse and report concerns as required;
  3. Recruitment: We help organisations implement stringent recruitment and screening mechanisms to reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel;
  4. Policies and procedures: We draft and implement policies and procedures (including child protection policies, recruitment procedures, codes of conduct etc) to create a culture of child protection and safety;
  5. Investigative services: We assist clients to appropriately investigate concerns and allegations to minimise risk and harm for all parties involved – we do this by utilising trained investigators that are qualified lawyers and we work closely with the relevant regulatory bodies and the police to ensure that the investigation is carried out swiftly, appropriately and in the best interests of all;
  6. Litigation and representation at the Royal Commission / state-based inquiries: We assist organisations through threatened or actual litigation and provide support to reduce stress and anxiety through the process.

  • There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. 

    – Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

  • It is never too early to start educating ourselves and children about their rights. As you know children’s learning experiences shape their thinking and values, and children who grow up knowing they are human rights holders will carry the messages of respect and dignity that accompany this knowledge into adulthood.

    – Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner

  • Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.

    – Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

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