Upcoming events

CLAANZ Annual Conference: Charity Law Regulation in Australia and New Zealand - 10 Years On

Friday July 29 2022, 9.00am - 5.00pm (AEST)

Melbourne and online


CLAANZ is delighted to announce the initial details of its annual conference. The conference will be held at Arnold Bloch Leibler, Level 21, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria. Morning and afternoon tea, as well as a light lunch will be provided. CLAANZ is grateful for the support of Arnold Bloch Leibler in hosting the face to face option for this event at their firm.
 Once again we are also offering virtual attendance at the conference via Zoom.
CLAANZ will administer conference registration, and will open the link on our website soon, along with details of the conference program and ticket pricing. If you have any questions, please contact admin@claanz.org.au.

2022 ACNC Regulators Day

Thursday July 28 2022

Melbourne and online

The 2022 ACNC Regulators Day will focus on the ACNC's regulation of charities over the past year, the impact of regulation generally on Australia charities and opportunities for the future. The Regulators Day will be a hybrid event, which will cater for those who wish to attend in-person and those who would prefer to attend virtually. Please register your attendance here.

Past events

CLAANZ Webinar: What does a World-Leading Framework of Charities Law Look Like? Reflections on New Zealand Charities Law Reform

Date and Time: Thursday 19 May 2022, 3.00pm - 4.00pm (NZ Time) 1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEST) 11.00am - 12.00pm (AWT)


CLAANZ held its first webinar for 2022 on 19 May. It discussed the report "What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?" which has just been released in fulfilment of the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellowship Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao. The report makes 70 recommendations, including that the review of the Charities Act 2005 is transferred to an independent body, such as the New Zealand Law Commission, for an independent, first principles (and ideally multi-disciplinary) review taking into account the wider legal framework applicable to charities. The report draws on the experience of comparable jurisdictions and aims to shine light on some of the underlying assumptions and unintended consequences that are causing considerable current difficulty in this area of law in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Presenter: Sue Barker (Director, Sue Barker Charities Law)

Chair: Dr Andrew Butler (Barrister and Chair of the New Zealand Law Foundation Te Manatū a Ture o Aotearoa). 

A recording of the webinar can be accessed here.

2022 Journal of Equity Conference: Equity. Charity and Governance

Date and Time: Friday 1 April 2022, 12.30pm - 6.30pm (AEDT)


CLAANZ would like to warmly invite all members and friends of CLAANZ to the Journal of Equity conference, hosted by the University of Melbourne. The event will be held entirely online, with full details, including the link to register, available on the event page. We encourage you to attend what will be a fantastic event.  

Not For Profit Researchers Network - first meeting for 2022

Date and Time: Wednesday 30 March 2022, 12.00pm - 1.30pm (AEDT)

For members of CLAANZ who are academics, the NFP Researcher Network (sponsored by CLAANZ, ANZTSR and ACNC) will hold its first meeting for 2022 on 30 March. Please contact admin@claanz.org.au for more information about the meeting or the network.

CLAANZ supported event: John Emerson Oration 2021

Date and Time: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 5.30pm - 7.00pm (AEDT)

CLAANZ is delighted to support the second John Emerson AM Oration, which will hosted by the Charities and Not-For-Profit Committee of the Legal Practice Section of the Law Council of Australia in Melbourne on 30 November 2021, and will be live-streamed. The Oration will be delivered by Professor Ann O’Connell (Melbourne Law School and Senior Member, Administrative Appeals Tribunal) and chaired by Seak-King Huang, Chair of the Not-for-Profit and Legal Practice and Charities Committee, Legal Practice Section.  Registration is free, but tickets are limited.  Registration closes on 29 November 2021. Full event details, and the link to register can be found on the Law Council of Australia's website.

Global Citizen and ACNC – Public Benevolent Institution Decision

Date and Time: 29 September 2021

The AAT recently determined that a charity can be a public benevolent institution (with a purpose of relieving poverty) where that charity pursues its purpose by way of a holistic range of education, advocacy and lobbying activities designed to elicit financial commitments and policy changes from governments and philanthropists. This represents a large shift from the current practice. Find out more

CLAANZ 2021 conference: Government and the Sector

5 August 2021 – online in Australia, and with nodes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand 

CLAANZ reinstated its annual conference on 5 August 2021. The conference was hosted online for Australian audiences, and both online and in-person for audiences in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand. The theme of the conference was Government and the Sector, which was broadly conceived and covers matters such as regulation, administrative law, tax, the government and charity boundary, outsourcing and political advocacy.). Find out more here.

NFP Researcher Network - Research Engagement Panel Discussion

23 June 2021

For academics who are members, the NFP Researcher Network (sponsored by CLAANZ and ANZTSR and ACNC) held a panel discussion on tips for research engagement. 

CLAANZ online seminar on illegal activities

Tuesday 9 March 2021

CLAANZ is delighted to invite you to a webinar dealing with the current proposal to amend the ACNC regulations in respect of illegal activities. Hear from sector leaders and experts about this important and topical issue. Speakers will include Tim Costello, Myles McGregor-Lowndes, Murray Baird, and Murray WessonFind out more

CLAANZ End of Year Celebratory Event

17 December 2020

CLAANZ marked two significant events for the Charity and NFP sector: the retirement of Professor Fiona Martin from her academic position at UNSW, and celebrated the publication of Professor Ann O’Connell’s landmark book, Taxation of Charities and Not-for-Profits. Find out more. 

CLAANZ webinar: Marilyn Warren AC QC in conversation with Jennifer Batrouney AM QC

Wednesday 2 December

The Hon Marilyn Warren AC QC, in conversation with Jennifer Batrouney AM QC, discussed her experiences with charity law in practice and on the bench, and some of the key questions for Australian charity law today
Find out more.

Charity Law, Accounting, and Regulation Conference 2020: 

Responding to COVID-19 – how might we #buildbackbetter?

Online conference

Wednesday 4 November 2020

This half day webinar will have a special focus on the sector in New Zealand, and an emphasis on how to rebuild the sector after the pandemic and its aftermath. Find out more here.

Webinar: Charity Advocacy: Recent Developments

Thursday 1 October 2020

The New Zealand Court of Appeal recently handed down its judgment in the case of Family First New Zealand v Attorney-General. This case raises important questions relating to the legal treatment of political advocacy and the law of public benefit in New Zealand. CLAANZ recently intervened in the New Zealand Court of Appeal case, Family First of New Zealand v Attorney-General. The case was heard in October last year, and a CLAANZ team of consisting of Kate Davenport QC, Jennifer Batrouney AM QC, Professor Matthew Harding, and Sue Barker, prepared the CLAANZ submissions and then presented oral arguments in Court. Find out more here

Webinar: Charity Law and Charities: Responding to Crises

Thursday 30 July

The years 2019 to 2020 have seen a series of crises, from bushfires in Australia and mosque shootings in New Zealand to the COVID-19 global pandemic. These crises pose challenges for charities and for charity law. This webinar engages with some of those key challenges through a series of short presentations arranged in two parts: (1) Crises and Fundraising: The Questions Not Asked in the Celeste Barber/New South Wales Rural Fire Service Case; (2) Operational Challenges in Crises. Find out more here

2019 CLAANZ Annual Public Lecture

Faith, hope, and charity – religion as a public benefit in modern Australia

Presented by the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington

28 November 2019, Melbourne Law School

This year the CLAANZ annual public lecture was delivered by the Hon Justice Sarah Derrington, the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission. The lecture was held at Melbourne Law School. Justice Sarah Derrington is the President of the Australian Law Reform Commission. Find out more here. The Australian Law Reform Commission has published a copy of Justice Derrington's paper, which is available here

Public Benefit conference

29 November 2019, Melbourne Law School

The Melbourne Law School held a major international conference on 'Exploring Public Benefit in Charity Law' . Speakers included Professor Matthew Harding, Professor Debra Morris, Associate Professor Mary Synge, Professor Adam Parachin, Professor Henry Ergas AO, The Hon Dyson Heydon AC QC, Professor Pauline Ridge and Jennifer Batrouney QC. The conference programme can be viewed here

2019 CLAANZ conference, Melbourne 

Why and How We Value the Charity Sector

1 August 2019 

The 2019 CLAANZ Conference, Why and How We Value the Charity Sector, will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 1 August 2018. The conference will be at the Woodward Conference Centre at the University of Melbourne, followed by a dinner also at the Woodward Conference Centre. Find out more here.

2019 New Zealand CLAANZ conference

The Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ), in conjunction with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and supported by DIA Charities Services hosted Future prospects for charity law, accounting, and regulation conference in Wellington, New Zealand on 11 and 12 April 2019. Find out more here.

Regulation and the Contemporary Not-for-profit: A Summit 

Featuring CLAANZ Annual Keynote Lecture by the Hon Robert French AC

Monday 26 November 2018

In this inaugural NFP UWA Research Group symposium, industry and academics convened to consider the regulatory framework impacting NFPs and charities. The summit involved presentations and roundtables, including the inaugural Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ) annual keynote lecture, which was delivered by the Hon Robert French AC. 

New NFPs UWA Report: Regulation of the Contemporary Not-for-profit
Commissioned by the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, supported by the UWA Public Policy Institute and UWA Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, the report synthesises and analyses themes from discussions and presentations at a recent summit on NFP regulation. The summit included the inaugural CLAANZ keynote lecture by the Hon Robert French AC. Key themes are the need for a national scheme for NFP regulation, need for red tape reduction and need to focus the ACNC’s second object on supporting the sector.
The report can be downloaded here and further information about NFPs UWA is available here.

2018 CLAANZ Conference

The 2018 CLAANZ Conference, Charity Law: What does the future hold?, was held in Melbourne on Thursday 2 August 2018 at the Woodward Conference Centre at the University of Melbourne, followed by a dinner also at the Woodward Conference Centre. On 3 August, the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC) kindly invited conference delegates to join them for a day of discussions on charity regulation. Find out more here.

2018 New Zealand CLAANZ Conference

The Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ), in conjunction with 
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)and Parry Field, hosted Perspectives on Charities Law and Regulation in New Zealand conference in Wellington, New Zealand on 26 and 27 April 2018. Find out more here.

Global Citizen and ACNC – Public Benevolent Institution Decision