CLAANZ was originally established as the Australian Charity Law Association in 2009 in response to the growing need for accountable, charity-related legal services in Australia. The Association changed its name in August 2015 to better reflect the work of Australian and New Zealand colleagues in addressing legal issues in the charity and not-for-profit sector in both countries. CLAANZ is a registered charity with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profits Commission.

Charity law in Australia and New Zealand is diverse, being the product of judge-made law, statute law as well a regulatory policy and practice. It requires an uneasy interaction of trusts law, tax law and regulatory law, with many core questions still unresolved. CLAANZ explore contemporary charity law to consider future development.

“Women & Leadership New Zealand” administer a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across New Zealand’s legal sector. The initiative provides women with grants of between NZD3,000 and NZD8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.