Deregistering an incorporated association
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 the incorporation of the association should be ended.
Ending an association
There are a number of ways in which an association’s incorporation can cease. These include the:
- association’s members voluntarily applying for its cancellation;
- Commissioner ordering its cancellation;
- association’s members voluntarily applying for its winding up under the Corporations Act 2009; or
- association or its members, creditors or the Commissioner applying to Supreme Court for its winding up;
An association’s incorporation may also come to an end if its members choose to either amalgamate (merge) the association with another incorporated association to form a new incorporated association or becoming registered as a different type of body corporate under another law.
Reporting defunct or disbanded associations and clubs
We are compiling a list of associations which may be defunct as they have not been submitting an annual information statement and appear to have been inactive/dormant for 12 months or more.
If you are or were a member of a club, society or association which is now defunct please let us know by completing our very simple 'report a defunct association' online form.
Handy information you might be able to provide us includes:
- Registered name of the incorporated association:
- Association Registered number
- Contact details
- Last known activity
- Any previous members
The list of associations which may be defunct should be available soon.
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