Incorporated Associations Act – what does it mean for your Club?

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup in association with Consumer Protection, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries delivered two free workshops on Tuesday 6th March to explain the new requirements of the Associations Incorporation Act.

Facilitators Annetta Bellingeri & Sheridan Duke with workshop participants

The new Act applies to more than 18,000 not-for-profit groups across the State including associations and clubs.

The Western Australian Associations Incorporation Act 2015 became law on 1 July 2016 and time is marching by for clubs and associations to make any required updates by 1 July 2019.

The Act provides a framework of regulation for not-for-profit organisations, such as sport and recreation clubs, societies and community groups, while leaving the internal management of associations largely to the members.

The new law was drafted to reflect that many clubs and associations have grown and become more corporate in their activities, structure and dealings with many bigger organisations employing paid staff and generating significant revenue.

Tuesday’s sessions were well attended with 39 people representing 24 clubs or groups taking advantage of hearing first hand the key changes under the new law, the transitional requirements and the tools which are available to assist associations to make any required changes.

Associations must review and update their rules in addition to introducing a number of changes regarding financial reporting, governance, privacy and membership of an incorporated association.

 

If you missed the workshops buy want to learn more please contact the Department of Commerce – Consumer Protection – www.associations.commerce.wa.gov.au

Or contact the Community Development team on 9780 4200 or email communitydevelopment@donnybrook.wa.gov.au to collect a copy of the ‘Information Pack’ which was distributed at the workshops.