Registration as an Incorporated Association - Victoria


You will require this application if you intend to incorporate an association. Incorporation is a voluntary process which allows a not-for-profit club or community group to apply to become its own legal entity. The benefits of incorporation include:

  • protection of the members and office holders against personal liability for debts and other legal obligations of the organisation
  • the ability to invest and borrow money and buy and sell property in the name of the organisation
  • the ability to accept gifts or bequests
  • greater certainty and acceptability to potential contracting parties such as lenders, employees and suppliers of goods and services
  • the ability to sue and be sued in the name of the association
  • greater eligibility to apply for grants.

Alternative options for non-profit organisations include incorporating as either:

  • a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Law
  • an Indigenous Incorporated Association under the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (for Indigenous associations only).

For-profit businesses cannot incorporate as an association. Businesses should instead apply to register a company with ASIC. Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible you will need to:

  • be a not-for-profit association
  • have at least five members
  • have the support of the majority of your members
  • make a resolution in accordance with the rules of your organisation to apply for incorporation
  • nominate a person as first secretary who is at least 18 years old
  • have a suitable name, written statement of purposes and set of rules
  • submit to the incorporation process as described in detail on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website
  • make your application in the approved form, with accompanying documentation
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees may vary. Please contact the responsible council / agency for more information.

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 VIC

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012 VIC

Application process


The person authorised to apply for incorporation must complete the application form and lodge it with the Registrar, along with:

  • A copy of the proposed statement of purposes;
  • A copy of the proposed rules of the association (unless you are adopting the Model Rules unmodified);
  • Copies of any trusts that may affect the association; and
  • The application fee.

Administering agency

Department of Justice and Regulation

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Contact details

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

Consumer Affairs Victoria

Department of Justice and Regulation

Operating address: 121 Exhibition Street
VIC 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 123
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 8684 0735
Fax: 03 8684 6199
Other: 1300 558 181
Website: Consumer Affairs Victoria (Opens in new window)