Review of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and Associations Incorporated Regulation 1999
Submissions for the review of the Assiociations Incorporation Act 1982 and Associations Incorporated Regulation 1999 have now closed to the public.
Many not-for-profit organisations in Queensland are incorporated as associations. The relevant legislation is over 30 years old, and due for review. Accordingly, in late-2010 consultation began on reforms to the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 following earlier changes in 2005-2007. Valuable feedback was received from the consultation paper released by Government.
Since then, the Commonwealth Government announced significant changes to the national framework for charity and not-for-profit regulation.
These national reforms provided an opportunity to revisit the legal framework for associations, to reduce red tape and modernise requirements. Consequently, the Government commissioned the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non-profit Studies (ACPNS) to produce a paper on the issues facing modern incorporated associations. In the consultation, community opinion was sought on the possibility of wide ranging changes to the Act and Regulation.
Key areas seeking feedback on include:
- dispute resolution;
- voluntary administration;
- corporate governance principles, particularly the extent to which these should be applicable given changing expectations about the accountability of associations to government and the public;
- reporting requirements, including whether the current public register and tiered system of annual reporting are effective;
- the existing model rules, and if these could be expanded to assist associations access tax concessions and other government benefits; and
- the role of the Office of Fair Trading in assisting associations to comply with their legal obligations.
The Queensland Government invited associations, their members and the broader community to comment on the issues raised in the Paper.
- Discussion paper (PDF, 345 KB)
Submissions closed on Friday 25 May 2012.
Last reviewed 24/04/2013