Incorporation of an Association - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this authorisation if you intend to incorporate an association in the Australian Capital Territory. Incorporation provides a mechanism for associations to establish a corporate identity and provides legal status in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities. An incorporated association has the benefits of limited liability, may enter into contracts and can sue and be sued. You may apply for incorporation status if an association has been formed for purposes such as:

  • Religious, educational, benevolent or charitable purposes;
  • Providing medical treatment and services;
  • Promoting or encouraging literature, science or art;
  • Recreation or amusement purposes;
  • Establishing, managing, carrying on or beautifying a community centre;
  • Administering superannuation schemes; or
  • Other similar purposes.

Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for incorporation, your association or group must:

  • Have at least 5 members;
  • Be formed or carried on for a lawful purpose; and
  • Not be ineligible for incorporation.

An association is ineligible for incorporation under this subsection if it:

  • Is intending to obtain or trade pecuniary gain for its members;
  • Has capital that is divided into shares or stock held by its members;
  • Holds property in which its members have a transferable interest; or
  • Is eligible for registration as an organisation under federal law.

The association or group may, by resolution, authorise a person who is at least 18 years of age and who resides in the Australian Capital Territory to apply for the incorporation of the association or proposed association. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Incorporation remains valid until the association deregisters.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$179.00
VaryVariation$41.00
TransferTransfer$41.00
GeneralDuplicate Certificate$25.00
Miscellaneous$41.00

Reserve a name for an association.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Application for Reservation of Association Name - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Application to Amalgamate Association - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Application to Incorporate an Association - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Vary

Application for Change of Association Name - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Transfer

Application for Section 82 Transfer of Incorporation - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on this document.

Lodgement

Apply

Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.


Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporation Act 1991 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Enquiries
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Access Canberra


Mailing address:
General Post Office Box 158
Canberra,Australian Capital Territory,2601
Australia

Phone:

13 22 81

Phone:

02 6207 3000
accesscanberra.bil@act.gov.au

Supporting information

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