You will require this approval if you intend to incorporate your association. Associations are any group that is formed for a common purpose and that does not operate to create financial profit for its members. Examples of purposes for which associations can be made include either:
- religious, educational, benevolent or charitable purposes
- providing medical treatment and services
- promoting or encouraging literature, science or art
- recreation or amusement purposes
- establishing, managing, carrying on or beautifying a community centre
- administering retirement benefits or superannuation schemes.
Incorporation provides a mechanism for associations (often community based groups) to establish a corporate identity and achieve certain legal advantages in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities. For example, an incorporated association can:
- have limited liability
- enter into contracts
- apply for government grants
- accept gift and donations
- operate regardless of changes to its membership.
Please note that it is not compulsory for associations to incorporate.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.