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:
- 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
- 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.