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.