The information on this page is for people involved in a Queensland-based community organisation that want to become an incorporated association.
In Queensland, the process of setting up an incorporated association is set out in the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Qld). This Act also sets out what your organisation must do to maintain its status as an incorporated organisation.
The government body responsible for administering the Associations Incorporation Act is the Office of Fair Trading Queensland. To become an incorporated association you must apply to the ‘Registrar of Incorporated Associations’.
While setting up an incorporated association is relatively simple process, there are a few important decisions that your organisation will need to make (and may need to get advice about). In particular, the wording of your organisation’s ‘objectives’ and ‘rules’ needs to be chosen carefully so that your organisation can apply for tax concessions, fundraising registration and other benefits in the future. It is worth getting these documents right at the start, as it can be time-consuming and difficult to change them later on.