This page is to help Victorian community organisations to understand the main circumstances when a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) may be suitable to document an agreement between two organisations. The information on this website is intended as a guide only, and is not legal advice. If you or your organisation has a specific legal issue, you should seek advice before making a decision about what to do. Information, including when an MOU is appropriate, templates, examples and Victorian-specific fact sheet can be found here on Justice Connects's Not-for-profit Law Information Hub.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) highlights the objectives and management arrangements of a partnership. It may also detail communication, information sharing and consultation processes. Here is an MOU template provided by DEECD that partnership organisations can use: MOU template DEECD
This free tool kit has been produced by the Office for the Community Sector to provide a logical step-by-step process for building and maintaining relationships between business and NFP organisations. It provides practical tools, templates - including a template for MOUs - and links to other useful resources. Community organisations mat not find it necessary to do all the activities in this tool kit- just select those activities you find helpful. Community Sector and Business Partnerships Tool Kit