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How are our existing incorporated association rules affected by the new law?

Under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, there are additional items that every incorporated association’s rules must address. If you use your own rules but these do not cover the new items, the relevant model rules will apply to your association as soon as you make any change to your rules.

For example, if your own rules do not define:

  • how the secretary is appointed, then they must be elected at your next annual general meeting, as described in the model rules
  • who can access the minutes of committee meetings, then all your members must be given access in accordance with the model rules.

If there is an inconsistency between your association's existing rules and the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, the requirements of the Act apply.

For more information, view our Incorporated association rules page.

As Victoria's consumer affairs regulator, we help incorporated association committees and members understand their rights and responsibilities.