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New laws for incorporated associations

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A new legislative framework for incorporated associations in Victoria came into effect on 26 November 2012.  The framework includes:

  • a new act - the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012
  • new regulations - the Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012, and
  • new model rules for incorporated associations.

Not-for-profit Law (previously known as PilchConnect) prepared a range of resources to assist incorporated associations to understand the new laws and transitional issues that may apply to them.

Transitional Guide 

The PilchConnect Transitional Guide provides practical guidance on transitional issues for incorporated associations including:

  • transitioning from the old financial reporting system to the new financial reporting system
  • transitioning from "public officer" to "secretary", and
  • transitioning from old to new model rules.

The Transitional Guide also includes a summary of changes to the law.

New Rules Resources

The following resources are all available on our Information Hub Rules page.

Rules Checklist

The Rules Checklist outlines:

  • new requirements for rules of incorporated associations
  • steps incorporated associations need to take to make sure their rules meet new requirements, and
  • a table comparing the old and new rules requirements.

Model Rules and Model Rules Comparison Table

The Model Rules Comparison Table compares the old model rules with the new model rules. This table will assist associations to consider whether the new model rules will be suitable for their association. 

Updated Secretary's Satchel - Guide for Secretaries of Incorporated Associations

Not-for-profit Law's Secretary's Satchel reflects the requirements of the new laws. To dowload the Satchel, go to theinformation Hub Secretary's Satchel page

Indemnity for office holders of incorporated associations

The Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, which came into effect on 26 November 2012, includes a new indemnity provision that requires every incorporated association to indemnify its office holders for liabilities they incur in good faith while performing their duties. The following fact sheet covers the issues that Victorian incorporated associations should consider:


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