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 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.

Submit the rules to Consumer and Business Services (CBS) when you apply to incorporate, or when you change your rules after incorporation. You should keep a copy for the association’s records.

Changing the rules

Association rules can be changed if the membership agrees by a special resolution or by other provisions in the association's registered rules. Consumer and Business Services (CBS) can refuse any changes if they don't comply with the Act.

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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