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Incorporation of an association - Queensland

Description

Incorporation allows 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, can enter into contracts, and can sue and be sued.

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.

Service type

Licence

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
  • be a not-for-profit association
  • have a physical address in Queensland.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Your incorporated association must comply with legislative requirements and must lodge an annual return and audited / verified financial statements.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $177.95

Fees for 2024-25

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Incorporated Association Model rules (Opens in new window)

Application process

Apply

To incorporate, your 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 (2 different people must hold the President and Treasurer positions)
  • lodge an application form and 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 agency's website.

Approval time

Normal processing time is three to four weeks, unless you need to be contacted for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Office of Fair Trading

Registration Services

Contact details

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