Incorporation of an Association - Australian Capital Territory


You will need this authorisation if you intend to incorporate an association. 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
  • other similar purposes.

Service type


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
  • not be ineligible for incorporation.

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

  • is intending to obtain or trade financial 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
  • 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.


Incorporation remains valid until the association deregisters.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $200.00


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Association Fees and Charges (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporation Act 1991 Australian Capital Territory

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Regulation 1991 Australian Capital Territory

Lodgement process


Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

Access Canberra

Business and Industry Licensing

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.