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  1. Steps to becoming an incorporated association

    The procedure for incorporating an association involves the following steps: members agree to become incorporated; decide on a suitable name; develop a set of rules or adopt the model rules; and submit the application. 1. Agree to incorporate An incorpora ...

  2. The certificate of incorporation

    The Commissioner for Consumer Protection will approve the application if satisfied the: association is eligible for incorporation; rules of the association conform with the Act; and name of the association is appropriate in accordance with the Act. The Co ...

  3. What happens if the application is not approved?

    The Commissioner for Consumer Protection will not incorporate an association if it would be more appropriate to carry out its activities as a body corporate incorporated under some other law or the incorporation is against the public interest. If the appl ...

  4. What are the costs of incorporation?

    There is a one-off fee to become incorporated.  Once incorporated there is no annual fee but other costs incurred over time can include the cost of meeting reporting and accounting requirements, legal advice (if required) and future applications to change ...

  5. The management committee

    The management committee is authorised to exercise the powers and functions of the association and to manage its affairs. This chapter describes the role, functions and structure of management committees of incorporated associations under the Act. Key poi ...

  6. Membership of the committee

    Committees are ideally made up of people with a range of skills, qualifications, knowledge and experience that can add to its overall strength.  Committees may also include people who represent particular interests such as social services, consumers, Abor ...

  7. Electing the committee

    In most cases, committee members are appointed at an annual general meeting.  The procedure for electing the committee and office bearers should be set out in the rules. ...

  8. The role and duties of the management committee

    The responsibilities of committee members fall into two categories: those of the committee acting as a group and those held by its members as individuals. Group responsibilities The committee has the responsibility to ensure the association complies with ...

  9. Liability of management committee members

    Members and office bearers of the association are generally not liable for the debts or liabilities of the association. Debts are most commonly incurred as a result of a contract it has entered into. An association may also incur a liability if sued. For ...

  10. Orientation and training for management committee members

    New management committee members need to know about their responsibilities and the workings of the association.  It is good practice to provide a structured, comprehensive and practical orientation to the activities, policies and structure of the associat ...

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