- Bachelor of Commerce (UQ)
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) (UQ)
- Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies (Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)
- Masters of Christian Studies (Regent College, Vancouver, Canada)
Andrew is the co-founder and consultant at Corney & Lind. He was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and The High Court of Australia in 1990.
He has worked in a top tier national law firm and then as a partner of a medium sized CBD firm acting for private enterprise, not-for-profits and Government-owned corporations.
Andrew has served on many not-for-profit and charity boards and on church leadership teams.
Chair, Deputy Chair & Member (past)
Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit Law Committee
Law Council of Australia Not-for-Profit and Charities Committee
ACNC Professional Users Group (by ACNC invitation)
To lawyers at the invitation of Lexon Insurance, Queensland’s professional indemnity insurer
To other lawyers at the invitation of the Queensland Law Society, T.E.N, LegalWise, and Australian and New Zealand Charity Law Association
To leaders of Not-for-Profits and Charities at the invitation of Christian Management Australia
To Accountants and Non Profit leaders at the invitation of CPA Australia
At the invitation of the Senate Economics Committee, called to provide expert opinion at the inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010
At the invitation of the Economics and Governance Committee of the Queensland Parliament and the Queensland Law Society, called to provide evidence into the Public Hearing – Inquiry into The Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (Qld) as it affected charities and not-for-profits
At the invitation of the ACNC Review Panel and the Queensland Law Society, called to provide expert opinion to the Review Panel of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Legislation Review 2018
Evidence as Chair of the Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit Committee to the Economics and Governance Committee of the Queensland Parliament on the PUBLIC HEARING—INQUIRY INTO THE REVENUE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2018 as it related to charity and not-for-profit state revenue concessions (17 September 2018)
Evidence as Chair of the Queensland Law Society Not-for-Profit Committee to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of the Queensland Parliament on the PUBLIC HEARING—INQUIRY INTO THE CIVIL LIABILITY (INSTITUTIONAL CHILD ABUSE) AMENDMENT BILL 2018 AND THE CIVIL LIABILITY AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2018 (11 February 2019)
Law Council of Australia submission to the Charitable Fundraising Working Group in response to their August 2020 discussion paper Charitable Fundraising in Australia: Proposed cross-border recognition model. Submission available here. September 2020
QLS submission on Religious Freedoms Bills [link forthcoming]
Queensland Law Society submission on proposed changes to the Taxation Administration Act 2001 (Qld) by the Revenue & Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018(Qld) as it relates to not-for-profits and charities.
Queensland Law Society and Law Council of Australia submission on the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017. Submission is available online.
Queensland Law Society Submission to the Review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2012
The Queensland Law Society submission on the Inquiry into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (Qld) as it relates to Charities.
Law Council of Australia, submission on Social Enterprise and Social Impact Investing (February 2017) to the Commonwealth Government consultation
Queensland Law Society submission on Limitation of Actions (Institutional Child Sexual Abuse) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Qld) and the Limitation of Actions and Other Legislation (Child Abuse Civil Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016 (Qld)
Queensland Law Society submission to the Queensland Government Issues Paper: Child sexual abuse – civil litigation issues review
The Queensland Law Society submission to the Queensland Attorney-General on the Trusts Bill 2013 (Qld) in relation to cy-près schemes, taking into account the Queensland Law Reform Commission Trusts Act 1973 (Qld) Review
Law Council of Australia submission to the Charitable Fundraising Working Group in response to their August 2020 discussion paper Charitable Fundraising in Australia: Proposed cross-border recognition model. Submission will be available here. September 2020
Principal author of QLS submission to the Australian Accounting Standards Board on AASB Exposure Draft 291 – Not-for-Profit Entity Definition and Guidance
A Director by Any Other Name – Duties of Board and Committee Members of Religious Institutions
Presented at TEN Religious Law Conference
Melbourne, 29 July 2019
Charity Directors’ Duties and Liabilities
Presented at Television Education Network 7th Annual Not-for-profits and Charities Regulatory Conference
Melbourne, 16 May 2019
Mergers, Collaborations & Strategic Alliances
The 6th Annual Not for Profits and Charities Regulatory Conference (TEN)
Melbourne, May 2018
Fundraising Regulation: Compliance in a Changing Landscape
The 5th Annual Not for Profits and Charities Regulatory Conference (TEN)
Melbourne, May 2017
“More Bang for your Buck”? A State by State Review of Duty, Land Tax and Payroll Tax Exemptions Available to Charities
The 4th Annual Not for Profits and Charities Regulatory Conference (TEN)
Melbourne, May 2016
Public Ancillary Funds – A “New” Vehicle for Public Philanthropy
The 4th Annual Not for Profits and Charities Regulatory Conference (TEN)
Melbourne, May 2015
Migrating A Charity or An NFP From An Incorporated Association to A Company Limited By Guarantee
The 3rd Annual Not for Profits and Charities Regulatory Conference (TEN)
Melbourne, May 2014
Effective Governance Structures for Charities and Not For Profits: ACNC Requirements and More
TEN Charities & Not-for-Profits: National Technical and Regulatory Conference
Melbourne, May 2013
New Governance Requirements for All Charities (proposed)
Christian Ministry Advancement Annual Conference
Melbourne, June 2012
Charities and Redressing Historic Wrongs
The Study and Prevention of Psychological Diseases Foundation (SPED) v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1117
Company Directors – Some Key Risks and How to Manage Them (Relevant to Not-for-Profits & For-Profits)
NFP – Tax Endorsements, ATO Endorsement Reviews & Audits, Reporting and Compliance Guidance
The CPA Australia annual Not for Profit Conference
Brisbane, May 2010
Preparing a Not for Profit Organisation for an ATO Endorsement Review or Audit
Peer reviewed published article
The Non-Distribution Constraint and Social Enterprise – Can Share Capital Fund Nonprofit Organisations? [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 25, No. 2, 29/Jan/2020: 233-257. Availability: <https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=929455576652457;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 1323-9163. [cited 07 Feb 20]
Abstract: Not-for-profit (NFP) organisations are characterised by the ‘non-distribution constraint’ that binds them in their governing documents to apply their income and assets for their purposes and not share that income or those assets with private persons (during operation and on winding up). This has meant that access to capital through the equity markets has been largely closed due to an inability of equity owners to receive a market return on their investment. Social enterprise and the social impact investing movement have challenged this by creating hybrid organisations that combine both ‘purpose’ and ‘profit’ for the common good. For example, they have developed social impact bond debt instruments, a form of quasi-equity, to allow the creation of an instrument with some of the economic characteristics of equity.
This article argues that the raising of funds by issuing shares with fixed or capped dividend rights and the right of a return of capital to the shareholder limited to the price paid for the shares (on redemption, buyback or winding-up) seems to have been overlooked to date in NFP legal structuring. Such shares are given the name ‘non-distribution constrained shares’. A framework is proposed where capital could be raised by NFPs and charities (including social enterprises) by issuing non-distribution constrained capital (shares or debt) without breaching the spirit of the non-distribution constraint, and so being able to retain charity registration (if applicable) and tax concessions.
Princpial author Law Council of Australia’s detailed submission to Treasury in response to its Social Impact Investing Discussion Paper
What is a Testamentary Trust?