Rules in an incorporated association

The association’s rules should be clear and help the association be inclusive, fair and open with its members. The rules must cover the association's:

  • name and purpose
  • powers and responsibilities
  • membership, including:
    • subscriptions
    • resignations
    • removals
    • register of members
  • funds and property management
  • powers, duties and committee appointments 
    • committee structure
    • terms of office of members
    • notice of proposed appointments/elections
    • casual vacancies
    • proceedings
    • barring of members

The rules need to be submitted when you apply to incorporate, or when you alter your rules after incorporation. You should keep a copy for the association’s records.

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

To help create your rules, review the example rules for incorporated associations (PDF 616KB) and the checklist for the proposed rules which forms part of your application.

Changing the rules

Association rules can be changed if the membership agrees by a special resolution or other provisions in the association's registered rules.

How to change the rules in an incorporated association.

Contact CBS Associations and Cooperatives


Phone: 131 882

GPO Box 1719
Adelaide SA 5001

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