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Associations and clubs are required to submit an information statement to Consumer Protection every year. This statement confirms the association is still active, eligible to be incorporated and has held its Annual General Meeting. Statement due dates Information statements must be lodged within...
New law for associations
The new law requires a number of matters to be included in an association’s rules (also known as the constitution). Most of these items will already be provided for in the existing rules of many associations and only minor changes will be required. Associations have until 1 July 2019 to change...
New law for associations
Reporting requirements for tier 2 and 3 associations From 1 July 2016, tier 2 and tier 3 associations must prepare a financial report containing financial statements and notes that comply with the accounting standards. Under the new regulations, tier 2 and tier 3 associations may be exempt from...
New law for associations
A benefit of incorporating is an association has perpetual succession, which means it can continue to exist regardless of any changes to it its membership. However, there may come a time where the association has a lack of members or there is no longer any interest in continuing its activities and...
What is an incorporated association?
Complaints against an association can be investigated by Consumer Protection if there appears to have been a breach of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 . Before you submit a complaint consider the following: Do the concerns relate to internal issues, the rules, or a potential breach of the...
What is an incorporated association?
Members have a crucial role in ensuring their association is conducted in an acceptable way. If one or more members think there is something wrong with the running of an incorporated association there are a number of options available to resolve the dispute. Raise your concerns: informally with...
What is an incorporated association?
An incorporated association must meet its obligations under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 , including: Holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) once every calendar year within 6 months after the end of the financial year (section 50). Maintaining true and correct records of all financial...
What is an incorporated association?
Why should you incorporate an association? While incorporating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 is voluntary incorporation offers groups some benefits including: members and officers of the association are generally not liable to contribute towards the payment of debts or liabilities...
What is an incorporated association?
The following information is to help you use the AssociationsOnline system. There are also several step-by-step guides with detailed support information. While in the system, the FAQ and help resources button, located at the top right of each page, will link you back to this page to access the help...
INC Guide and Associations Online
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia

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Information Pack 3 is a step by step guide on how to review and update your association's rules to meet new requirements. Associations have until 1 July 2019 to comply, but we recommend the review...
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
08 Feb 2017
Explaining the Schedule 1 requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015. Every incorporated association has a set of rules (often called the constitution) which outlines how the association...
Consumer Protection
Guide / handbook
07 Dec 2016
IMPORTANT: If you were enrolled prior to 1 July 2016 your old log in details will not work. To be able to manage the information about your association and lodge applications each person needs to...
Consumer Protection
Information
06 Dec 2016
To be able to manage the information about your association and lodge applications every AssociationsOnline user needs to be linked to their association. A user may choose to be linked as a primary...
Consumer Protection
Information
06 Dec 2016
Discuss as a Committee how your charity rates in complying with its obligations in WA. Disclaimer : the information contained in this publication is not intended to be legal advice and should not be...
Consumer Protection
Checklist
01 Nov 2016
This complaint form only applies to potential breaches of the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 and the Charitable Collections Act 1946 . Consumer Protection will not generally intervene in...
Consumer Protection
Form – registration
01 Nov 2016
It is common for potential conflicts of interest to arise in associations and clubs because people with a common interest are brought together and they are often involved in more than one community...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
01 Nov 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016
This application form is to be used to obtain an exemption from including a Schedule 1 matter in an association’s rules as required by the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 .
Consumer Protection
Form – application
21 Jul 2016
This application form should be used by an association to obtain approval to appoint an auditor that does not meet the qualification provisions prescribed in s 88(2) of the Associations Incorporation...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
21 Jul 2016

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Individuals and organisations in WA involved in promoting consumer and tenancy rights and providing community support are urged to submit a nomination for the Consumer Protection Awards 2017. Nominations are now open for the awards which formally recognise the efforts of individuals, groups, businesses, advocates, local government and the media in educating the community about their rights and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
The AssociationsOnline portal is currently unavailable as it is being updated. The new system, expected to be released over the coming weeks, will be in line with the new law and improve the ability of associations to self-manage many processes. In the meantime, please visit the fees and forms page to make any applications and see the latest version of the model rules. The Inc guide is a...
Consumer Protection
Alert
30 Jun 2016
New laws have been passed which are aimed at helping associations and clubs in WA operate more efficiently by providing them with a clearer framework in which to operate under a simplified set of regulations. The new laws will replace the existing Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and will apply to all existing incorporated associations in Western Australia. The changes are expected to come...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted an outpouring of public support for those in need of aid. Consumer Protection would like to remind Western Australians, who try to make a difference through charitable donations, to choose an established humanitarian charity. Charities in Western Australia need to be licensed and you can check...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Sep 2015
The WA community has its annual opportunity to nominate deserving candidates for a Consumer Protection Award, from now until the end of November 2015. This is the 12 th year that Consumer Protection will formally recognise those involved in consumer or tenant advocacy. Award categories acknowledging the promotion of product safety in the WA marketplace and journalism that raises awareness of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Sep 2015
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 2014
Nominations have now opened for the 2015 Consumer Protection Awards which publicly recognise those who promote consumer and tenants’ rights as well as product safety in the community. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll is urging West Australians to nominate individuals and organisations who they believe are making a valuable contribution in the area of consumer protection. “Last...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Sep 2014
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