Registration of a Friendly Society - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you wish to operate as a friendly society.

A friendly society is an Australian, mutually owned, not-for-profit company that provides financial benefits, such as funeral costs, sickness cover, hospital insurance and retirement benefits for its members.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer or view the attached guidelines for more information regarding eligibility requirements.





General application fee: $80 000.



Application for Registration as a Friendly Society - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Administering agency

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Act(s) name

Life Insurance Act 1995 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Life Insurance Regulations 1995 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority


02 8037 9015

Toll Free:

1300 558 849

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