What are incorporated Associations?

Incorporation is a method of registration that gives an association legal advantages, in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities.

When you incorporate your association, it becomes a legally separate entity with the same powers as an individual. An incorporated association can own land, sign a lease and appear in court.

An incorporated association and its members are legally separate. Under normal circumstances, it provides protection to the management committee from personal liability for the actions of the incorporated association, provided they are carried out in good faith and due diligence.

However, with these benefits come obligations and responsibilities. Your incorporated association must comply with both the Associations Incorporation Act 1981and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999. Your incorporated association´s financial affairs will need to be audited or verified annually and financial statements lodged. Any member of the public can access copies of the documents that you are required to provide to us, including a copy of your rules, annual returns and financial statements.

Incorporating an association
Steps to becoming an incorporated association, including choosing a name, adopting a set of rules, electing a management committee and lodging your application.

After incorporation
Several tasks you need to do after your association becomes incorporated.

Running an incorporated association
Information on the management committee, membership, public liability insurance, holding meetings, changing the rules or your incorporated association´s name, handling disputes and amalgamation.

Financial obligations
What your incorporated association needs to report, lodging your annual return and proper record keeping.

Winding up an association
Steps to take when your incorporated association needs to finalise its affairs.

Research an Incorporated Association
Request a search of the public register of incorporated associations or purchase an extract.

Incorporated associations fees
As at 1 July 2010.

Incorporated associations forms
Forms for incorporated associations.

Check a charity or association
Search the Queensland Charities and Associations Online Register.

Incorporated Associations Smart Business Guide
A guide to operating an incorporated association in Queensland.  

Latest News

Illegal or unsuitable cladding now a big issue

Why we have laws, regulations and Australian standards? Because some people just do the wrong thing all for the sake of making money. The cladding issue is the subject of 4 Corners program on the ABC.

We are already seeing Insurance policies now placing exclusion endorsements into their policies excluding and claims relating to illegal cladding. We are seeing Governments demanding Audits of all existing buildings above a certain height. There are accusations of Builders taking other short cuts such as on Wiring, Pipes and sprinkler systems. 

The question is, who is to blame? Who will take responsibility?

read more

Small business in NSW

Right after the NSW Government have reimposed Fire Service Levies, they have at least made an effort for small business. The government has announced it will abolish stamp duty on a number of policies taken out by a small business. This is an important change.

What is a small business? In order to gain the exemptions, the business must be a small business for Capital Gains Tax Purposes for the income year in which the insurance is effected or renewed. A small business for CGT purposes is: “an individual, partnership, company or trust that is carrying on a business, and has an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million.”

read more