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  1. A note on copyright

    Throughout this guide, various websites have been referred to for additional information, forms and policies.  In some cases the information will be protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright owner. The website wi ...

  2. A final word

    This guide is written primarily for people without a legal background and deals with a large number of areas, involving in some cases quite complex laws and regulations.  The guide therefore simplifies a number of matters.  As a result, topics are explain ...

  3. Introduction to incorporated associations

    This chapter explains what it means to be incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 and the various powers of an incorporated association. Key points Incorporation creates a new legal entity with powers similar to those of a natural perso ...

  4. Effect of incorporation

    The purpose of incorporation is to create a legal entity that is separate from the individual members.  In practical terms incorporating means: the association becomes a body corporate with perpetual succession (it may exist forever, even as its membershi ...

  5. Powers of an incorporated association

    The association may do all things that are necessary or convenient to pursue its objects and purposes. It may: acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of any real property (land) or personal property (goods, shares, etc.);  open and operate bank accounts;  i ...

  6. Not-for-profit

    To be eligible for incorporation the association must be not-for-profit. 'Not-for-profit' refers to the membership, purpose and activity of the association. This does not mean that an association cannot make a profit from its operations. It is a ...

  7. Potential business requirements

    Registering a business name A registered business name is a trading name under which an organisation or an individual can conduct their business activities. An association does not need to register a business name if it operates under its incorporated nam ...

  8. Common seal

    A common seal is the official stamp or ‘signature’ of an association.  As a body corporate an association is entitled to have a common seal though it is not compulsory. Common seals are not expensive to purchase and can be obtained from most stationery sh ...

  9. Becoming an incorporated association

    Incorporating an association is suitable for many community and charitable groups because this structure is specifically designed for not-for-profit organisations. This chapter sets the requirements for incorporating an association.  For information about ...

  10. 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 p ...

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