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Community Organisation Rules

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Do you find the rules or constitution of your community organisation confusing? How, and when, should you change your rules?

A well-governed community organisation requires a set of a rules (also known as a constitution). The rules of a group are the key document for running your organisation and can resolve many day-to-day issues that arise so it’s vital that everyone involved understands them. This practical, interactive session will cover:

  • The typical clauses that most rules contain and what they mean
  • An explanation of difficult terms like ‘quorum’, ‘proxy’ and ‘poll’
  • The topics that all association rules must cover
  • When and how your organisation can legally change its rules
  • The status of Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Model Rules and other rule templates.

We encourage you to bring along a copy of your association’s rules to this session.

“No-one has ever explained the content and legal meaning of our organisation’s rules to me before – it was so helpful to have the rules explained in such detail but with so much clarity. This really is must-do training for anyone involved in a not-for-profit community organisation” (Training participant, Community Organisation Rules)

“Presenters’ knowledge was great and they were open and friendly”

Suitable for groups that are Victorian incorporated associations, or organisations thinking of incorporating as an association in Victoria.

Standard length 3 hours

Maximum number of participants: 30 (if you think your group will exceed 30 participants please contact us to discuss further)

Facilitator One of our lawyers with expertise in charity and not-for-profit law and experience in providing training to community groups 


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