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Members have a crucial role in ensuring their association conducts its affairs in an acceptable way. If there is a problem in the association, members and committees should make all reasonable attempts to resolve any complaints themselves, whether informally or through the dispute resolution...
What is an incorporated association?
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Associations and clubs are required to submit an information statement to Consumer Protection every year. This statement confirms the association is still active, eligible to be incorporated and has held its Annual General Meeting. Statement due dates Information statements must be lodged within...
New law for associations
The new law requires a number of matters to be included in an association’s rules (also known as the constitution). Most of these items will already be provided for in the existing rules of many associations and only minor changes will be required. Associations have until 1 July 2019 to change...
New law for associations
Reporting requirements for tier 2 and 3 associations Tier 2 and tier 3 associations must prepare a financial report containing financial statements and notes that comply with the accounting standards. Tier 2 and tier 3 associations may be exempt from complying with accounting standards during their...
New law for associations
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...
What is an incorporated association?
An incorporated association must meet its obligations under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 , including: Holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) once every calendar year within 6 months after the end of the financial year (section 50). Maintaining true and correct records of all financial...
What is an incorporated association?
Why should you incorporate an association? While incorporating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 is voluntary incorporation offers groups some benefits including: members and officers of the association are generally not liable to contribute towards the payment of debts or liabilities...
What is an incorporated association?
The following information is to help you use the AssociationsOnline system. There are also several step-by-step guides with detailed support information. While in the system, the FAQ and help resources button, located at the top right of each page, will link you back to this page to access the help...
INC Guide and Associations Online
The Associations team have been conducting presentations to help associations make changes to comply with new law which commenced 1 July 2016. The video is of one of the presentations held prior to the commencement of the law and covers: Effect of new laws on existing incorporated associations...
New law for associations

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This document covers guidelines for the licensing of online crowdfunding campaigns for social causes - exceptions to requirement for charitable collections licence. Purpose of Guidelines The purpose...
Consumer Protection
Fact sheet
20 Sep 2017
People often come together to form groups to pursue a range of common interests of a recreational, social, political, economic, cultural, spiritual or professional nature. In Western Australia alone...
Consumer Protection
Brochure
08 Sep 2017
The officers of the licensed organisation are responsible for the preparation of accounts in accordance with the requirements of the Act and the Regulations. It is thier responsibility to undertake...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
22 Aug 2017
To be used to apply for a new charitable collections licence. Instructions Type directly into the form electronically before printing and signing it or hand print neatly using an ink pen in block...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
17 Aug 2017
This form is to be completed to renew a charitable collections licence. Instructions Ensure all questions on this form have been answered Type directly into this form electronically before printing...
Consumer Protection
Form – application
22 Aug 2017
All charities licensed in Western Australia must submit an Income and Expenditure Statement to the Commissioner for Consumer Protection in Western Australia annually. This form, with a copy of your...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
08 Aug 2017
The Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (the Act) includes specific responsibilities for auditors and reviewers appointed by an incorporated association. These requirements have been listed below for...
Consumer Protection
Information
05 Jul 2017
Incorporated associations who fall into Tier 2 and 3 for financial reporting purposes have specific responsibilities under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (the Act) with respect to appointing...
Consumer Protection
Information
05 Jul 2017
This form is an integral part of any application for, or renewal of, a Charitable Collections Licence, and may also be used to advise of a change in office bearers or director of a licence holder...
Consumer Protection
Form – notification
22 Mar 2017
Information Pack 3 is a step by step guide on how to review and update your association's rules to meet new requirements. Associations have until 1 July 2019 to comply, but we recommend the review...
Consumer Protection
Guidance note
08 Feb 2017

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Announcements

With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Are you a member of a club or group? If it is a registered Association, do you know if it has lodged its annual information statement? We are compiling a list of associations that may be defunct as they have not been submitting an annual information statement and appear to have been dormant for 12 months or more. The reason...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2017
The value of the support that community legal centres provide the WA community has been recognised in the 2017 Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards. Karen Merrin, who has managed the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre in Mirrabooka for the past 20 years, has been honoured with the Rona Okely Award for an individual who has given their time, energy and experience for the betterment...
Consumer Protection
Media release
15 Mar 2017
Individuals and organisations in WA involved in promoting consumer and tenancy rights and providing community support are urged to submit a nomination for the Consumer Protection Awards 2017. Nominations are now open for the awards which formally recognise the efforts of individuals, groups, businesses, advocates, local government and the media in educating the community about their rights and...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Sep 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
The AssociationsOnline portal is currently unavailable as it is being updated. The new system, expected to be released over the coming weeks, will be in line with the new law and improve the ability of associations to self-manage many processes. In the meantime, please visit the fees and forms page to make any applications and see the latest version of the model rules. The Inc guide is a...
Consumer Protection
Alert
30 Jun 2016
New laws have been passed which are aimed at helping associations and clubs in WA operate more efficiently by providing them with a clearer framework in which to operate under a simplified set of regulations. The new laws will replace the existing Associations Incorporation Act 1987 and will apply to all existing incorporated associations in Western Australia. The changes are expected to come...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe The Syrian refugee crisis has prompted an outpouring of public support for those in need of aid. Consumer Protection would like to remind Western Australians, who try to make a difference through charitable donations, to choose an established humanitarian charity. Charities in Western Australia need to be licensed and you can check...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Sep 2015
The WA community has its annual opportunity to nominate deserving candidates for a Consumer Protection Award, from now until the end of November 2015. This is the 12 th year that Consumer Protection will formally recognise those involved in consumer or tenant advocacy. Award categories acknowledging the promotion of product safety in the WA marketplace and journalism that raises awareness of...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Sep 2015
After fifteen years being based at the Forrest Centre on St Georges Terrace in Perth, Consumer Protection has moved to a new CBD location. The main location is Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street Perth with front counter services available on Level 2. The move is in line with the state government's plan to consolidate existing office space for the public service. Consumer Protection’s...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Sep 2014
The St Georges Terrace office of Consumer Protection is moving offices over the September long weekend and in preparation it will close early this Friday . Bonds will close at 1.00pm; while all other services (including our Contact Centre) will close at 3.30pm. While there may be some minor services disruptions, we expect to be fully operational by 10.00am, Tuesday 30 September 2014. If you have...
Consumer Protection
Department News
22 Sep 2014

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