Incorporation of an Association - South Australia


Incorporation allows an association to become a legally separate entity with the same powers as an individual. An incorporated association has the benefits of limited liability, can enter into contracts, can sue and be sued, 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

Only associations with an eligible purpose may apply for incorporation. An eligible purpose includes:

  • a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose
  • providing medical treatment or promoting the interests of people suffering from a disability
  • promoting or encouraging science, literature or the arts
  • preserving environmental, historical or cultural heritage
  • for sport, recreation or amusement
  • promoting the interests of students or staff of an educational institution
  • for a community centre or promoting the interests of a community.

To apply for incorporation, your association must authorise a person to act on the association's behalf and appoint a public officer for your association to be the central contact person for the association.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application Incorporated Association $239.00

Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Transfer process


This licence cannot be transferred

Administering agency

Consumer and Business Services

Contact details

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