When starting a business or service it is important to ensure you comply with all the state, federal and local government regulations and licensing requirements.

A number of online resources will help you start a community service organisation.

Legislation

Queensland Associations Incorporation Act

Queensland Associations Incorporation Regulations

Queensland Co-operatives legislation

Commonwealth Corporations Act

Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

Government Offices

Fair Trading Queensland

Incorporated Associations website (Queensland Office of Fair Trading) provides information to support organisations incorporated under the Associations Incorporations Act 1981. This website also includes a simplified guide to Queensland's Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and Associations Incorporation Regulation 1999.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator, including the regulation of companies limited by guarantee. You can also search the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s National Names Index.

Registrar of Indigenous Corporations

Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) supports and regulates the corporations that are incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

A guide to the legislation that governs Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations. Published: updated February 2010

Australian Tax Office

Australian Taxation Office offers non-profit organisations relevant GST and other tax information.  A guide for nonprofits is also available.

Caxton Street Legal Centre publishes an Incorporated Associations Manual

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Handbooks
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Pages

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Queensland Associations Incorporation Act Queensland Associations Incorporation Regulations Queensland Co-operatives legislation Commonwealth Corporations Act Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).
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