Organisation types

Incorporated associations

Reporting requirements for charities will be streamlined under changes to legislation that will commence in early 2017. The Consumer and Business Services website has more information on changes for charities and prescribed associations.

Incorporation is particularly suitable for small, community-based groups and provides a limited liability for members, except as may be provided in the rules of the association. It is a simple and inexpensive means of establishing a legal entity.

Organisations incorporate under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985.

Some features of incorporated associations:

  • they have their own corporate identity
  • they can sue and be sued
  • they can enter into contracts
  • affairs are usually run by a committee or board of directors
  • documents lodged are kept on a public register.

For further information about incorporated associations, visit the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) website or contact:

CBS Licensing and Registration
91 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
Phone: 131 882
Fax: (08) 8226 8512
GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

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