Associations may be incorporated under Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, as Registered Organisations, as co-operatives
The governing body is entrusted to govern and, funds permitting, to appoint a CEO to manage the association.
Whilst being subject to common law and legislation, it is the constitution that defines objects, who can be members, their voting rights
Whilst membership has no commercial or sale value, members play a crucial role in governance:
Gaining and Maintaining Charitable Status
Charity status is conferred by the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) on entities or trusts.
How boards are elected, appointed, structured or removed is crucial to all associations, including the mix between elected
Many associations only pay income tax on profit from non-member income and some associations are income tax-exempt due to their specific purpose
Company Secretarial and Compliance
The associations regulatory framework in Australia is complex. Whether supervision is by ASIC,
Association Mergers and Amalgamations
Associations sometimes realise their future may be stronger through merger or amalgamation with another entity.
Associations often incorporate under the Associations Incorporation Act of a state or territory and later decide
Conducting General Meetings
Members usually have a voice in the conduct of their association only once per year at an Annual General Meeting.
An array of matters in an association require policies as a base to guide operations. Issues such as privacy,
Fundraising including Charitable Trusts and Bequests
Associations need a diverse range of income sources. As well as membership, event and sponsorship income
Associations have the same pressures as commercial businesses and government in that they have staff, premises, provide services and buy products.