Which groups are eligible for incorporation?
To be eligible for incorporation a group must:
- have at least six members who will have voting rights under the rules;
- be not-for-profit; and
- be formed for one or more of the purposes outlined under the Act.
The Act allows incorporation for the following purposes:
- religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purposes;
- promoting or encouraging literature, science or the arts;
- providing medical treatment or attention or promoting the interests of people who suffer from a particular physical, mental or intellectual disability or condition;
- sport, recreation or amusement;
- establishing, carrying on or improving a community or promoting the interests of a local community;
- conserving resources or preserving any part of the environmental, historical or cultural heritage of the State;
- promoting the interests of students or staff of educational institutions;
- political purposes; or
- promoting the common interests of persons engaged in or interested in a particular business, trade or industry.
If a group does not fit into any of the above categories it may apply for special approval by the Commissioner for Consumer Protection.