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Makinson d’Apice Lawyers


Level 10, 135 King Street, Sydney

Australian Capital Territory 2000



Name: Bill d'Apice

Position: Partner

Phone: +61 02 9233 9013



Makinson d’Apice is a commercial law firm in Sydney, Australia. Today we have one of the largest and most knowledgeable C&NFP practices in Australia. We provide the sector with specialist expertise as well as a team that understands the details of our clients’ operations and the challenges they face.

About us

Our Charity & Not-for-Profit legal services include:

Charity & Not-for-Profit Law: ACNC & Charities Act advice; fundraising requirements; partnerships, projects and procurement, reducing your risk when contracting, collaborating and merging; establishing charitable trusts; interpretation and advice on trusts.

Governance: Advice on best practice; advice on constitutions; meeting governance standards; managing board conflicts; establishment of governance standards and practices.

Intellectual Property and Data Privacy: Protection and management including trademarks and privacy policies

Property: Acquiring strategic property; development and sale of land; easements and leasing; portfolio management; stamp duty exemptions.

Taxation and Compliance Advice: Income tax exempt status; GST concession; FBT rebates; ACNC requirements; obtaining and maintaining DGR status.

Workplace: Drafting of and advising on employment agreements; employee code of conduct; social media policies; anti-discrimination policies and anti-bullying policies.

Products and services

Makinson d’Apice provides the CNFP sector with legal services in Charity & Not-for-Profit Law, Governance, Intellectual Property and Data Privacy, Property, Taxation and Compliance Advice and Workplace.

Examples of work

  • An incorporated association dispute: an ethno-religious incorporated association is in dispute concerning procedures and the identity of office bearers which also touches on procedural and technical issues. We are advising one of the groups in this dispute.
  • An industry association: we advised an industry association which is a company limited by guarantee registered as a State Registered Employer Association and operating also as a NSW Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We assisted the client in connection with its tax exempt status and restructuring to ensure that the association activities and the RTO activities were restructured to maximise ongoing funding and exemption from income tax.
  • Incorporation of school sports organisation: we acted for a group of 11 educational providers who were looking to restructure current arrangements in relation to sporting activities such that they were conducted by a new entity. This involved advice on corporate structure, liability issues, entitlement to tax concession charity status, as well as proceeding to incorporate the entity.
  • Unincorporated association: we provided advice to a representative group in the medical field about their operations as an unincorporated association including advice on associated risks. We advised that an incorporated association be established and have acted on the incorporation of that association thereby providing a vehicle to allow for receipt of funding and limitation of liability.
  • Payroll tax exemption: we acted for a religious/educational institution which was denied payroll tax exemption. We acted on Supreme Court proceedings which were successfully concluded in our client’s favour saving significant payroll tax.
  • FBT exempt status: we provided advice to our client in the social welfare sector concerning the application of exemptions from fringe benefits tax.
  • Amendment to Constitution: we advised a charitable organisation in the welfare sector which is a company limited by guarantee on an amendment to its objects to ensure continuing entitlement to tax exemption including all steps necessary to amend the Constitution.

In addition to these recent examples, our work with the Not for Profit sector includes:

  • several submissions in the last two years to the Department of Treasury on proposed Not for Profit reforms;
  • annual research study into legal issues of the Not for Profit sector;
  • establishing hundreds of charitable trusts;
  • establishing numerous charitable foundations;
  • establishing hundreds of school building funds and scholarship funds;
  • acting for an international honour society associated with numerous universities in Australia and internationally in its restructure
  • advising on Australian Charities & Not for Profits Commission
  • legal support for several research institutes in relation to fundraising matters, constitutional issues and trust issues;
  • acting for a university college on the merger of the administration and investment of its many small scholarship and bursary funds;
  • acting on conversion of incorporated associations to companies limited by guarantee for charities;
  • preparing Directors’ manuals for charitable companies and presenting seminars on Director’s duties;
  • acting on the acquisition and sale of numerous properties for charitable bodies, including numerous successful applications for stamp duty exemption when applicable;
  • ACNC breakfast seminars; and
  • Restructuring organisations as a result of the new ACNC legislation.

Related news

Thursday, 19th April 2012

The Federal Government has released a revised exposure draft on the special conditions for tax concessions for Not for Profit entities,…Read more

Thursday, 1st March 2012

While the Federal Government is setting up a charity regulator in the form of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission…Read more


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