Incorporation of an association - Queensland


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, 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


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, and be a not-for-profit association.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

Your incorporated association must comply with both the legislated requirements and will need to be audited or verified annually and lodge financial statements.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $167.85

Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply Incorporated Association Online service portal (Opens in new window)
Apply Incorporated Association Application for incorporation of an association - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

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

Application process


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 (two different people must hold the President and Treasurer positions)
  • lodge an application form
  • 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 Department's website.

Approval time

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

Additional information

Any member of the public can access copies of the documents that you are required to provide, including a copy of your rules, annual returns and financial statements.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Registration Services

Registration Services

Office of Fair Trading

Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Operating address: Upper Plaza Terrace
33 Charlotte Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4000
Mailing address: GPO Box 3111
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 13 74 68
Phone: 07 3738 8789
Fax: 07 3738 8783