An association is eligible for incorporation if it has more than five members with voting rights and is formed for either:
- a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose
- the purpose of promoting or encouraging literature, science or the arts
- the purpose of sport, recreation or amusement
- the purpose of establishing, carrying on, or improving a community, social or cultural centre, or promoting the interests of a local community
- political purposes.
If the purpose of your association is not one specified above, an application in writing may be made to the Commissioner for Consumer Protection to approve the purpose. However, an association is not eligible for incorporation if it is an association for the purpose of trading or securing financial profit to the members.
To be eligible to apply you must:
- provide a copy of the rules of the association conforming to the requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act
- issue an advertisement in the prescribed form to be published in a newspaper three months before you make your application
- provide a certificate certifying that you are authorised by the association to apply for registration, and verifying your application, copy of rules, that your association has more than five members, and that you have complied with the advertising requirements.