• Community Groups - Legal and Financial Duties - Quarterly Sessions

    Date : 1st July, 2019 - 30th June, 2020Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

    Follow the register link below to view dates and book for upcoming training courses on financial and legal duties for not-for-profit community groups.

    They are run every three months by Central Coast Council and Community Compass at different locations on the Central Coast.

    Register now on the Council’s site.

  • Date : 1st July, 2019 - 30th June, 2020Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Workshop Starting a Community Organisation

    Date : 30th October, 2019Time: 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

    Part of Community Compass Not-for-Profit essentials ‘Need to Know Series’

    This our work shop selection was created as a trusted source of professional development for community groups

    Are you looking for answers to these questions:

    • How do you I start a not-for-profit organisation?
    • Can you pay yourself if you start a not for profit?
    • What about tax, how does that work?
    • Do the board members get paid?
    • What is the difference between not for profit and for profit?

    Are you involved in setting up a community organisation and are keen to understand the legal issues?

    If you’re involved in setting up a new community organisation or need to refresh your knowledge on the legal basics, this introductory session is for you. It will provide you with an overview of the key legal requirements and will cover:

    • What is a community group?
    • What does not-for-profit mean?
    • The basic structure of (an unincorporated) community group
    • Incorporation: what it means, how to do it and pros and cons
    • Auspicing: what it means, how to do it and pros and cons
    • What does it mean to be a charity?
    • What tax concessions are available for community groups?

    Attendees:          people looking to start up a community group, or already involved in running a not-for-profit community organisation of any size and legal structures, including unincorporated groups

  • Date : 30th October, 2019Time: 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
  • As a manager, committee or board member of your Central Coast not-for-profit organisation funded by the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ), ongoing professional development in Governance and Financial Literacy provides a valuable foundation for your organisation. It’s important you’re fully aware of your legal and financial responsibilities, as well as local sector development opportunities to further support you.

    This day has been designed to provide professional development to both new organisational members and those seeking to update their knowledge. Ideally, organisations will include this annual training in their organisations strategic plan for ongoing professional development. We recommend Managers along with 2 board or committee members attend this development day with two different board or committee members attending the following year.

    This essential training will help you better understand:

    • The legal role of Committee Members as decision makers
    • The difference between governance and management
    • The importance of your organisation’s rules and legal purpose or objects
    • The 4 main legal duties of Committee Members
    • Other laws that you should be aware of as a Committee Member
    • Potential liabilities and how to protect your organisation
    • Learn which financial reports you should be receiving and how to interpret them
    • Gain an understanding of the significance of cash flow to plan for sustainability
    • Review budget and cost control
    • Make sure you’re across key financial concepts critical for management decision making

    Presenters & facilitators: This event is a collaboration facilitated by Community Compass and other local agencies. Topics at this event will be presented by industry specialists, including a Not-For-Profit lawyer.

    Your not-for-profit must be funded by the Central Coast, NSW region, NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).

  • Date : 1st April, 2020Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm