Related agencies and links
- Australian Securities and Investment Commission
For information on the registration of companies, Registrable Australian Bodies, as well as ACN, ABNs and related matters.
- Australian Taxation Office
For information on tax liabilities and obtaining tax exemptions as a not-for-profit or charitable entity. Publications include "packs" with tax information for non-profit organisations (Tax basics for non-profit organisations), fundraising and deductible gift recipients (GiftPack for deductible gift recipients & donors).
Department of Commerce
- Charitable Collections
If your association is considering collecting from, or selling goods to, the public for charitable purposes you will need to be licensed.
- Department of Local Government and Department of Regional Development and Lands
These departments provide a very useful webpage for community organisations, including information on writing submissions, working with the media and running meetings. It also has a Grants Referral Directory which includes information on grants which are available for community groups.
- Department of Sport and Recreation
This department also has many excellent publications available from the department or their webpage to assist sporting associations, as well as telephone assistance. Although the publications have been developed specifically for sporting groups, other associations may want to download them from the website as many include information useful for any association.
- Insurance Commission of Western Australia
For information regarding risk management and insurance for community organisations.
- Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner
This Office administers the Commonwealth's privacy legislation. Information Sheets, guides and legislation can be downloaded from the website and there is also a telephone information line. Information Sheet 12 - 2001 Coverage of and Exemptions from the Private Sector Provisions is generally of interest to associations.
- Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations
For information on Aboriginal associations and corporations incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act (2006). Associations with Aboriginal members may want information from this Office to work out whether the Commonwealth or WA legislation better suits their needs.
- State Law Publisher
The Act and Regulations also can be downloaded from the State Law Publisher's website. Go to "Online Publications" and then "Statutes - Acts and Regulations" or telephone 9426 0000.
- Department for Communities
The Community Participation unit of the Department for Communities provides information and resources for volunteers.
- Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor
The Department responsible for regulating occasional and club liquor licenses. Also issues permits for fundraising activities including Lotteries (Raffles) and games such as Bingo.
- National Standard Chart of Accounts (SCoA)
The National SCoA is an agreed list of account categories to be used by all Australian government agencies when dealing with not for profit (NFP) organisations. The SCoA lists the names and account categories most likely to be used by NFP groups to record accounting information. The implementation of the National SCoA in Western Australia is supported by the Department of Treasury.
This page and others on this site must not be relied on as legal advice. For more information refer to the complete Associations Incorporation Act and Regulations, available from the State Law Publisher on 9426 0000 or on their website at www.slp.wa.gov.au (Online publications).