Incorporation of an Association - New South Wales


You will need to register with the department to form an incorporated association. Your incorporated association must be made up of five or more people and be small-scale, non-profit and non-commercial in nature.

Groups that may become registered as incorporated associations include:

  • sporting groups
  • arts and crafts groups
  • social groups
  • ethnic and cultural groups
  • pensioner associations
  • musical societies
  • environmental groups.
You cannot register as an incorporated association if you are planning to operate as a business or to provide monetary gains to members.

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, you must:

  • have no fewer than five members and a committee consisting of at least three members
  • develop a constitution as well as a statement of your association's objectives
  • appoint a public officer of at least 18 years of age residing in New South Wales
  • have an official address within New South Wales, this cannot be a post office box
  • pay required fees.

Eligibility is subject to various regulations in respect to trading, buying and selling of shares, stock and property for financial gain of the association and its members.


Incorporation continues until formally cancelled or wound up.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Incorporated Association Associations Fees (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporations Act 2009 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Customer Service

NSW Fair Trading

Contact details

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