Incorporated Associations - Queensland

Service summary

Incorporation is a method of registration that gives an association legal advantages, in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities.

When you incorporate your association, it becomes a legally separate entity with the same powers as an individual. An incorporated association can own land, sign a lease and appear in court.

An incorporated association and its members are legally separate. Under normal circumstances, it provides protection to the management committee from personal liability for the actions of the incorporated association, provided they are carried out in good faith and due diligence.

However, with these benefits come obligations and responsibilities. Your incorporated association must comply with both the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999. Your incorporated associations financial affairs will need to be audited or verified annually and financial statements lodged. Any member of the public can access copies of the documents that you are required to provide to us, including a copy of your rules, annual returns and financial statements.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To incorporate an association in Queensland, you must be a group with at least seven members, and a not-for-profit association.



Amalgamation of incorporated associations


Approval to use an unsuitable name


Incorporation of an association


To incorporate, an association needs to convene a general meeting. At this meeting, several decisions must be made.  An association must:

  • pass a motion to incorporate by resolution
  • choose an appropriate name
  • adopt a set of operating rules
  • elect a President, Secretary and Treasurer (two different people must hold the President and Treasurer positions)
  • lodge an Association Incorporation Form 1 - Application for incorporation of an association
  • pay the required fee
  • have an address in Queensland where documents can be personally served.

Further information on each of these decisions and forms is available on the Department's website.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Registration Services

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999 (Queensland)

Contact details

Queensland Government Service Centre
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
Office of Fair Trading
Registration Services

Operating address:
Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address:
GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001


07 3405 0985


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


07 3405 0731


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