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These case notes have been made about recent cases of interest to nonprofit organisations.
Full case reports are usually available through AUSTLII.

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  • 2008

Singh v Singh; Flora trading as Flora Constructions v Budget Demolition & Excavation Pty Ltd 2008 NSWSC 386 (1 May 2008)
SinghvSingh.pdf File Type: PDF File Size: 11 KB
Whether committee members were suitably elected and new members properly admitted

  • 2007

Case Notes: Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Dick DYO:2007 NSWCA 190
DeputyCommissionerofTaxationvDick.pdf
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No defence under the Corporations Act.

Case Notes: Coleman v Liberal Party of Australia, New South Wales Division (No 2) \DYO:2007\ NSWSC 736 (6 July 2007)
ColemanvLiberalPartyofAustralia.pdf
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Concerning pre-selection

Case Notes: The Presbyterian Church (NSW) Property Trust v Scots Church Development Ltd \DYO:2007\ NSWSC 676 (29 June 2007)
ThePresbyterianChurch(NSW)PropertyTrustvScotsChurchDevelopmentLtd.pdf
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A question of trust

EDUCANG Ltd and Queensland Industrial Relations Commission & Queensland Independent Education Union
EDUCANGLtdandQueenslandIndustrialRelationsCommission.pdf
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Whether the organisation was a Constitutional Corporation for the purposes of the Workplace Relations Act (as amended by the Work Choices legislation)?

  • 2006

Case Notes: Darkinjung Pty Ltd v Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Council & Ors; Hillig v Darkinjung Pty Ltd & Ors; Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Council v Warner & Ors \DYO:2006\ NSWSC 1008
DarkinjungPtyLtdvDarkinjungLocalAboriginalCounil.pdf
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About the validity of a trust

Case Notes: Falvo v Australian Oztag Sports Asso iation and Anor \DYO:2006\ NSWCA 17 (13 February, 2 March 2006)
FalvovAustralianOzSportsAssnInc.pdf
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Whether negligence was involved in a sporting injury.

Case Notes: Martin v The Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of Sydney \DYO:2006\ NSWCA 132
MartinvTrusteesofRomanCatholicChurch.pdf
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About the consequences of activities on a school 'adventure' camp.

Harmer v Shoalhaven Community Housing Scheme Limited \DYO:2006\ NSWIRComm 1165
HarmervShoalhavenCommunityHousingScheme.pdf
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Concerning issues for nonprofit organizations under the Work Choices legislation.

Shree Sanatan Dharm Sabha of New South Wales Inc v Mani \DYO:2006\ NSWSC 657
Shree_SanatanDharmSabhaofNewSouthWalesIncvMani1.pdf
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Concerning internal governance issues

Case Notes: Lombe v Wagga Leagues Club Ltd \DYO:2006\ NSWSC 3
LombevWaggaLeaguesClub.pdf
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About problems with a deed of administration

Central Bayside Division of General Practice Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue VCAT no. 2002/137; [DYO:2003] VSC 285;[DYO:2005] VSCA 168; \DYO:2006\ HCA 43.
Central_Bayside_Decision.pdf
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High Court decision regarding defining a charitable body.

Case Notes: ABC Developmental Learning Centres Pty Ltd v Wallace \DYO:2006\ VSC 171 (3 May 2006) 
ABCvWallace.pdf
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About employer liability for actions of staff in a childcare facility.

Save the Ridge Inc v Commonwealth \DYO:2006\ FCAFC 51
SavetheRidgevCommonwealth.pdf
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An attempt to avoid paying legal costs.

Hetherington v Belyando Shire Council & Anor \DYO:2006\ QCA 209
HetheringtonvBelyandoShireCouncil.pdf
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About occupier liability (i.e. occupiers of premises).

Ffrench v Sestili & Sestili v Triton Underwriting Insurance Agency P/L \DYO:2006\ SASC 44
FfrenchvSestili.pdf
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About an employer's liability for an employee's theft

South Sydney Junior Rugby League Club Limited v Commissioner of Taxation AATA 265 (21 March 2006)
South_SydneyJRLcLtdvCT.pdf
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About liability for tax


Re Dennis Anthony Turner (in his capacity as liquidator of the Underbank Country Club Inc.)
DennisAnthonyTurner.pdf
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Concerning the distribution of a country club's assets

Guild of Students of Murdoch University v Patrick Walker, Commissioner of Fair Trading and Anor \DYO:2006\ WASCA 11
GuildMurdochvPatrickWalker.pdf
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Concerning distribution of property on winding up

Guides Australia Inc v McMartin \DYO:2006\ NSWCA 20
Guides_AustraliavMcMartin1.pdf
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About the consequences of breach of a duty of care

  • 2005

St George Soccer Football Association Inc v Soccer NSW Ltd \DYO:2005\ NSWSC 1288
StGeorgevSoccerNSW.pdf
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About exclusion from the New South Wales A Grade competition

Lenz v Trustees of the Catholic Church and Anor [DYO:2005] NSWCA 446
LenzvTrustees.pdf
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About volunteer liability

Meehan v Cunningham District Bowls Association
MeehanvCunningham.pdf
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Yachting Australia Incorporated v Chief Commissioner of State Revenue \DYO:2005\ NSWADT
YachtingAustraliavCssrState_Rev.pdf
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Nonprofit sporting body seeks tax exemption

VT200366 
Income_Tax_Exemption_Adv_Rel.pdf
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Seeking income tax exemption for an institution involved in the advancement of religion

NSW Arabian Horse Assn Inc v Olympic Co-Ordination Authority \DYO:2005\ NSWCA
NSWArabianHorse.pdf
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Concering a breach of contract involving a matter of public liability

Battenberg vs Union Club \DYO:2005\ NSWSC 242
Battenberg_Case_Notes.pdf
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Implications of bankruptcy on membership of a company limited by guarantee

Swain v Waverley Municipal Council \DYO:2005\ HCA 4
Swain_v_Waverley_Case_Notes.pdf
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An important case on public liability issues.

McCracken v Melbourne Storm Rugby League Football Club \DYO:2005\ NSWSC 107
McCracken_v_Melbourne_Storm_Case_Notes.pdf
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A case about an injury during a football match.

Medical Defence Association of WA v ASIC [DYO:2004] FCA 1684 \DYO:2005\ FCA 80
MDA_v_ASIC_Case_Notes.pdf
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About converting an incorporated association to a company


Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation vs Attorney-General VIC
MelbourneAnglicanTrustvAG.pdf
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Regarding the importance of respecting the stated purposes of the trust.

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association vs Commissioner of State Revenue
SDAEAvCmrStateRev.pdf
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About whether duty was payable on a land transaction.

Percy (AP) vs Church of Scotland Board of National Mission
PercyvChurchofScotland1.pdf
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Regarding unfair dismissal and unlawful sexual discrimination

Magro vs Fremantle Football Club
MagrovFremantle.pdf
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Football club - whether misleading and deceptive conduct under the Trade Practices Act in regard to employment contract for assistant coach

Baird vs State of Queensland
BairdvStateofQld.pdf
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Concerning discrimination against indigenous workers on former Queensland missions.

  • 2004

ASIC vs MDA
AsicvMDAcombined.pdf
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About the difficulties involved in a Western Australian incorporated association's attempt to become a company.

Iwave Pty Ltd vs Break O'Day Business Enterprise Board Inc (2004) TASSC 43
Iwavev_BreakO'Day_Case_Notes.pdf
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Concering a dispute between joint venturers

Australian Karate Federation (QLD) Inc v Australian Karate Federation \DYO:2004\ QSC 53
Australian_Karate_Federation_Case_Notes.pdf
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Concerns an attempt to terminate an incorporated association's membership of an umbrella body

Parish of St Michael of the Ukranian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in Adelaide Inc \DYO:2004\ SASC 69
Parish_of_St_Michael.pdf
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About court involvement in an amendment to an incorporated association's constitution

Thorpe vs Adelaide University Post-Graduate Students' Assoc. Inc \DYO:2004\ SASC 438
Thorpe_Adelaide_Uni.pdf
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Was a person duly elected as president of a university association?

Frewin v Emmdale Sports Club & Anor \DYO:2004\ NSWSC 860
Frewin_v_Emmdale_Case_Notes.pdf
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A case about insurance and public liability

McCorquodale v Masterson Case Notes \DYO:2004\ FCA 1247
McCorquodale_v_Masterson.pdf
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Trademark case involving a nonprofit organisation

QBE Workers Compensation v Wandiyali A.T.S.I. Incorporated ; S E Kilroy - Applicant \DYO:2004\ NSWSC 1022
QBE_v_Wandiyali_Case_Notes.pdf
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Winding up an incorporated association in NSW

  • 2003

Walker, Ex parte Fremantle Islamic Assoc Inc (2003) WASCA 252
WalkerFre_IslamCase_Notes.pdf
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About cancellation of an association's incorporation.

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