Incorporation under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006)

The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006) provides a simple way for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander groups to incorporate. 

Eligibility for membership is limited to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander persons and their spouses if the spouses meet the membership requirements in the rules.  Some Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations may make provision in their rules for associate membership.  This allows those persons, who are not entitled to become full members under the membership rule, to become associate members.  Associate members have the same rights and responsibilities as a member. They are not entitled to vote at meetings of the corporation or stand for election to the governing committee.

Unlike incorporated associations, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporations allow groups to share profits and engage in trading activities that incorporated associations are restricted from doing.

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations 

Assistance and advice on forming an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation is available from the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations.

PO Box 2029   WODEN    ACT   2606
Telephone:    1800 622 431
Email:    info@oric.gov.au
Website:    www.oric.gov.au