Groups must register
Are you a member of a club or group?
If it is a registered association, do you know if it has lodged its annual information statement?
We are compiling a list of associations that may be defunct as they have not been submitting an annual information statement and appear to have been dormant for 12 months or more.
The reason associations and clubs are required to submit an information statement to Consumer Protection every year is to confirm the association is still active, eligible to be incorporated and has held its annual general meeting.
If an incorporated association has not submitted its information statement, we will have to presume it is inactive, which carries the risk of the incorporation of the association being cancelled.
If the incorporation of the association is cancelled, it is no longer a legal entity, which may cause problems.
If you are a committee member or office bearer of an incorporated association that has not lodged its information statement, we urge you to do so.
Submitting the annual information statement is not a big undertaking and doesn’t cost money, it can be done in the time you might take to have a cuppa and there are no lodgement fees.
Lodgement of the information statement can be completed online through our web portal, AssociationsOnline.
We even have a helpful video to explain how at commerce.wa. gov.au/cp/infostatement.
You should make sure you have the following information ready to complete the statement:
The association’s current address for service (this can be a street address or a PO box).
The date of the most recent annual general meeting.
The total revenue for the last financial year.
You will also be asked to confirm:
Whether the association has at least six voting members.
The association’s main purpose, such as educational, sporting, recreation or religious.
Whether the association is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission.
It is not necessary for an association to submit copies of meeting minutes, financial reports or registers of members or committees.
The report is more or less just a checklist for both the association and us to assess whether you are still operating as per the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act, 2015.
It is also a great way to formally confirm the contact information for the association.
If you are a member of a club, society or association that is active, encourage your committee to submit its information statement. If you were a member of a club or group that you know no longer exists or operates, contact Consumer Protection and let us know that the group is no longer operating.
You can do this by completing an online form at commerce.wa. gov.au/endassoc or email firstname.lastname@example.org.