Becoming an incorporated association
Should your group or association become incorporated?
Registering as an incorporated association is a popular and suitable option for many community and charitable groups because this structure is specifically designed for not-for-profit organisations and is simple and cost effective.
The decision to incorporate is not one to be taken lightly as it means the organisation enters into a regulated system with formal accountability requirements. This chapter sets out the steps that a group needs to take to become incorporated and lists the requirements for registration. For information regarding the benefits and consequences of becoming incorporated refer to Introduction to Incorporated Associations.
- Only certain groups may qualify to register as an incorporated association.
- To become incorporated an association must lodge an application with Consumer Protection.
- The association must develop a set of rules that comply with the requirements of the Act and make provision for all the matters included in Schedule 1.
- The application must clearly state the name and purpose of the association and include a copy of the rules of the association.
- The Certificate of Incorporation is proof of incorporation and must be kept in a safe place.