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Associations laws 

The associations laws provide for the registration of associations engaged in small-scale, non-profit and non-commercial activities and to provide for corporate governance and financial accountability of associations registered under the legislation.

NSW Fair Trading’s Registry Services administers the laws for incorporated associations. The laws are:

  • Associations Incorporation Act 2009
  • Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016

Administration of the laws 

NSW Fair Trading has developed a range of policies to support the effective operation of the associations law.

To view these policies go to the Administration of associations law page.

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Copies of current approved forms relating to various provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 are available from the Associations forms page or from Registry Services:

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To view the prescribed fees for the lodgement of incorporated associations documents visit the Association fees page.

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Statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009

In 2015 a statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 was undertaken and the report on the review was tabled in Parliament on 17 November 2015. The Government adopted all the recommendations made by the review. 

The Associations Incorporation Act 2009 was amended on 15 April 2016 and on 1 September 2016 to implement the review’s recommendations. 

View or download the Report on the statutory review of the Associations Incorporation Act 2009.

Remake of the Associations Incorporation Regulation

The Regulation, which provides the support and administrative detail needed for the effective operation of the Act, was remade in 2016. The main changes to the Regulation were as a result of the statutory review.

The Associations Incorporation Regulation 2016 commenced on 1 September 2016.

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Further information 

For further information please contact:

Registry Services
PO Box 22
Bathurst NSW 2795
Te: 6333 1400
Free Call: 1800 502 042

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