Incorporated Associations review

Following a governance review in 2013, NSW Fair Trading is undertaking a statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act  (the Act) 2009.

The aim of the review is to ensure the Act is working as intended. The issues raised in submissions to the 2013 governance review will be considered in this review. The Act affects more than 36,000 community and not-for-profit associations registered in NSW.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner, Rod Stowe, is encouraging the public to participate in the survey. “Six years on from the introduction of the Associations Incorporation Act, it is time to review the law and ensure it is meeting the needs of the sector,” he said.

“Incorporated associations are typically community based organisations such as sporting clubs, cultural groups, child care services and environmental groups.

“Most incorporated associations are run by volunteers. Working with the sector, Fair Trading will look for ways to cut red tape and reduce the administrative burden on volunteers running these groups,” he said.

An association under the Associations Incorporation Act is a legal entity, and is able to hold bank accounts, enter into contracts and develop rules governing membership and voting rights.

The association must not engage in trade or commerce and it must be not-for-profit.

Those who wish to have their say can complete the public survey, available until 7 August, on the NSW Fair Trading website. The review will be completed by October 2015.