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How have the model rules for incorporated associations changed under the new law?

From 26 November 2013, the new model rules automatically apply to incorporated associations that previously used our model rules, unless they notified us prior to that date that they would create their own rules.

The new rules have been modernised. They allow an association to conduct meetings using technology, rather than having to meet in the same physical location. 

The grievance procedure has also been updated, in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.

The revised clause about winding up an association is better suited to the Australian Taxation Office’s rules about charitable tax exemptions.

The number of rules has increased from 36 in the old model rules, to 77 in the new model rules. The additional rules cover, among other things: 

  • the association's name and purposes
  • members’ rights and obligations
  • procedures for resignation and cessation of membership
  • the process for appointment and termination of the secretary
  • preparing and keeping minutes of general and committee meetings
  • enabling members to access minutes of general meetings, including financial statements submitted at a general meeting
  • members’ right of access (if any is specified in the rules) to committee meeting minutes.

We recommend that you review the rules in detail to see how they may affect your association. Download a copy:

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