Apply to incorporate an association

Incorporated associations have a legal entity separate from their members and usually suit small community-based groups as an alternative to a co-operative or a company limited by guarantee.

They are not-for-profit organisations and don’t engage in trade or commerce unless approved by the Corporate affairs Commission, which is administered by Consumer and Business Services (CBS).

They must benefit the community and usually include areas such as promoting science or the arts, sport and recreation or fundraising for medical treatment.

To incorporate an association you'll need to upload a copy of:

The name of the association must be the same as shown in the rules.

Application fee:  $216.00

You'll receive the Certificate of Incorporation in approximately 14 days.

Before you begin


Your committee members must have:

The association's name

The name should reflect the nature and purpose of the association. The name can't be:

  • the same as a name reserved or registered under the Corporations Act 2001
  • easily mistaken for another incorporated association
  • the same as a registered business or likely mistaken for one
  • undesirable or offensive to the public
  • suggestive of any connection with government.

List of restricted and undesirable names for associations - Government Gazette

Reserve a name

You may reserve your association's name if you need extra time to collect the evidence needed for the application.

Fee: $152.00

Reserve a name

Contact CBS Associations and Cooperatives


Phone: 131 882

In person:
91 Grenfell Street

GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

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