New rules for clubs, associations
Failure to adapt to new changes that have come into play under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 could mean clubs or associations are viewed as no longer existing.
New requirements came into play July 2016 with three years for clubs and associations to conform to the changes, however, three actions took effect immediately.
Failure to adopt these changes could see a club or association’s incorporated status cancelled.
Any club or association including sporting clubs must now submit an annual information statement, provide the Department of Consumer Protection with a current address and adapt to new financial auditing tiers.
The information statement must be submitted within six months of a club or association’s annual meeting and department regional officer Danni Bloomfield said it was quick and easy.
“The information statement needs to include the association’s current address, the date of their latest AGM and total revenue of the last financial year,” she said.
“You’ll also be asked to confirm whether your association or club has at least six voting members, what your main purpose is and whether you’re registered with the Australian Charities and Not-forprofit Commission.”
Statements can be completed online at the AssociationsOnline portal.