Organisation types

Incorporated Aboriginal associations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups may choose to become incorporated to:

  • provide support to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • secure land
  • seek greater recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • provide legal assistance
  • develop infrastructure
  • promote art, performance or music.

Ways to incorporate

Incorporation is voluntary for most groups, and there are several ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can incorporate:

Further information on registration options is available from the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations website.

Advantages

There are advantages to an indigenous group in becoming a corporation under the CATSI Act:

  • When they register the corporation, the members can choose not to be liable for the debts of the corporation.
  • The rule book that governs how the corporation is run can take into account Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander customs and traditions.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations can operate nationally - they are not limited to the state or territory where they are registered.
  • It is free to register as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.
  • Sometimes the Registrar may exempt corporations from lodging annual reports.
  • Profits of the corporation can be distributed to members if the rule book allows for this.
  • Corporations can access client assistance, support and information and training programs from the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations.

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Page last updated 30 November 2016

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