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Organisational structures

Associations may be incorporated under Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, as Registered Organisations, as co-operatives

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Governance

The governing body is entrusted to govern and, funds permitting, to appoint a CEO to manage the association.

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Constitutions

Whilst being subject to common law and legislation, it is the constitution that defines objects, who can be members, their voting rights

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Membership Structures

Whilst membership has no commercial or sale value, members play a crucial role in governance:

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Gaining and Maintaining Charitable Status

Charity status is conferred by the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) on entities or trusts.

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Board Composition

How boards are elected, appointed, structured or removed is crucial to all associations, including the mix between elected

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Taxation

Many associations only pay income tax on profit from non-member income and some associations are income tax-exempt due to their specific purpose

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Company Secretarial and Compliance

The associations regulatory framework in Australia is complex. Whether supervision is by ASIC,

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Association Mergers and Amalgamations

Associations sometimes realise their future may be stronger through merger or amalgamation with another entity.

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Changing Incorporation

Associations often incorporate under the Associations Incorporation Act of a state or territory and later decide

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Conducting General Meetings

Members usually have a voice in the conduct of their association only once per year at an Annual General Meeting.

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Policies

An array of matters in an association require policies as a base to guide operations. Issues such as privacy,

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Fundraising including Charitable Trusts and Bequests

Associations need a diverse range of income sources. As well as membership, event and sponsorship income

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Commercial Law

Associations have the same pressures as commercial businesses and government in that they have staff, premises, provide services and buy products.

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