Registration of Associations

Our company specialises in the incorporation of unincorporated associations.

What we provide

  • Fully comprehensive service for incorporation of proposed or unincorporated association
  • Adoption of Model Rules (schedule to regulations) or own rules
  • Fully completed documentation
  • Lodgement of application and liaison with authority
  • Supply of certificate of registration, statutory register and common seal

Further Information

The NSW Associations Incorporation Act provides an inexpensive means for members of an unincorporated association to obtain the benefits of incorporation.

The following information may be helpful to you if you are considering whether to incorporate your association.

  • What is incorporation?
    Incorporation is a statutory process whereby a group of persons with a common interest may join together to create a legal entity.
  • What is a legal entity?
    Under the law every person or incorporated body is a separate legal entity ie. the person or incorporated body may own property of all kinds and may sue or be sued.
  • What are the advantages of incorporation of an association?
    • Members have limited liability, such liability being limited to any amounts payable to the association under its rules.
    • The association can hold property without having to appoint trustees.
    • The association can enter into contracts in its own name.
    • The association can sue and be sued in its own name.
    • The association has perpetual succession (unless it is wound up in accordance with the Act) whereas an unincorporated association operates through its committee or its trustees which may change from time to time.
  • Other relevant information
    • There is no limit on the number of its members.
    • It may not trade or secure pecuniary gain for its members.
    • No audit of accounts is necessary (unless provided for in its rules).
    • It may either adopt model rules (which form a part of the Regulations to the Act) or it may adopt its own rules. The model rules are generally suitable for associations which have straightforward needs and conditions of membership.
    • It must have a public officer who must be at least 18 years of age.
    • It must have a committee of at least two members.
    • It is no longer compulsory to take out a public liability insurance policy (for N.S.W.).

If your association operates or intends to operate in other States of Australia it may be more appropriate to incorporate as a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act. The company would then be registered as an Australian company and be able to operate in all states of Australia.

To apply please fill in our Order form or contact us if you wish to discuss any aspect of incorporating an Association.