You will require this approval if you intend to incorporate your association. Associations are any group that is formed for a common purpose and that doesn't operate to create financial profit for its members. Examples of purposes for which associations can be made include:
- 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; or
- Administering retirement benefits or superannuation schemes.
Incorporation provides a mechanism for associations (often community based groups) to establish a corporate identity and achieve certain legal advantages in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities. For example, an incorporated association can:
- Have limited liability;
- Enter into contracts;
- Apply for government grants;
- Accept gift and donations; and
- Operate regardless of changes to its membership.
Please note that it is not compulsory for associations to incorporate.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for incorporation, the association must:
- Obtain the consent of the association's first public officers;
- Approve the name of the association, ensuring that it is not the name of another incorporated association;
- Approve the rules of the association;
- Agree to abide by all current legislation; and
- Pay any required fees.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Remains valid until the association deregisters.
To support your application, you must provide a copy of the rules of the association as well as the prescribed fee. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information on these requirements.
Department of Justice
Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading
Associations Incorporation Act 1964 (Tasmania)
Associations Incorporation Regulations 2007 (Tasmania)
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