The guide was initially developed by the Gosnells Community Legal Centre Inc. (GCLC), and was first published in May 2005. Commerce has supported the guide from its inception and has actively promoted its use at association information sessions throughout the State. In 2007, Commerce agreed to take over responsibility for the further development and publication of future editions of this guide. Commerce acknowledges the extensive research and consultation undertaken by GCLC in developing the original version.
Throughout the document we have also continued with GCLC's concept of explaining the requirements for registration and rules of associations by referring to a fictitious association - the Harmony Community Action Group.
|The Harmony Community Action Group had been operating for a number of years. They were actively involved in organising various educational, cultural, environmental and social community projects to help build their local community, promote local interests and improve services to the community. The Harmony Community Action Group managed to raise substantial funds for charity and an increasing number of people wanted to become members of the group. The group decided to become an incorporated association, known as the Harmony Community Development Association.|