Incorporation is a voluntary, simple and inexpensive means of establishing a legal entity, separate from the individual members. It is an alternative to forming, for example, a company limited by a guarantee, or co-operative. It is particularly suitable for small, community-based groups. In other words, the association is considered by law to have a distinct identity that continues despite changes to its membership.
Incorporated Associations are not profit organizations. Any profits made should be kept by the association and should not used by members for personal gain.
- How to Incorporate: a guide to the Associations Incorporation Act 1985. For a hard copy of this document phone 8204 8514.