New rules for clubs, as­so­ci­a­tions

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Zoe Keenan

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.

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