Your incorporated associations must have a constitution. This written set of rules outlines your incorporated association´s operations, including members´ rights, how the management committee works and how meetings run.
Any incorporated association member can ask the Secretary for a copy of the rules. The Secretary may ask the member to cover reasonable costs of providing them. Alternatively, we can provide members with a copy of their incorporated association´s rules for a fee of $2.90 per page.
You may use either the model rules or you can write your own rules. The model rules are a standard set of rules that an incorporated association can use instead of writing their own.
If you use the model rules, the only details you can change are:
- the name of the incorporated association
- the name of the unincorporated association
- the objects of the incorporated association
- the financial year of the incorporated association
- the classes of membership.
If your association plans to use the model rules, you must complete Appendix B on the application for incorporation. If your association writes its own rules, you must complete Appendix A.
The rules become effective once the association is incorporated.
Changes to rules
Your incorporated association can apply to register amendments to its rules, or adopt the latest version of the model rules, at any time. A special resolution at a general meeting must be passed.
Within three months of passing the special resolution, the Secretary must:
- complete lodge Associations Incorporation Form 8 - Application to register an amendment of rules (PDF, 326 KB)
- pay the $17.00 fee.
Last reviewed 13/07/2012