Incorporation of an Association - Western Australia


You will need this approval if you intend to incorporate your association. An association is a society, club, institution or body. Incorporation provides a mechanism for associations to establish a corporate identity and achieve certain legal advantages in return for accepting certain legal responsibilities.

If you intend to operate the association in multiple states you will need to become a registered Australian body or incorporated as a company limited (both of which are regulated by the Federal Government rather than state government).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

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.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $208.00

Application for incorporation of an association (own rules). Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All $168.00

Application for incorporation of an association (model rules). Fees for 2021-22

Apply Miscellaneous All -

Further fees may apply. Please contact the agency for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All AssociationsOnline (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Act(s) name

Associations Incorporation Act 2015 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Associations Incorporation Regulations 2016 Western Australia

Approval time

Approximately one week

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Consumer Protection

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:

Associations and Charities Branch

Consumer Protection

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Western Australia
Operating address: Level 2
140 William Street
Perth, Western Australia 6000
Mailing address: LOCKED BAG 100
East Perth, Western Australia 6892
Phone: 1300 304 074
Website: Consumer Protection (Opens in new window)