This page provides information on the number of ways an association can be closed.
An incorporated association can apply to voluntarily cancel its registration. For information on the procedure please visit the Voluntary cancellation page on the Fair Trading website.
If an association is unable to pay its debts it cannot apply for voluntary cancellation of registration. In these circumstances the association should seek immediate independent advice from a solicitor or accountant in relation to its obligations.
An association’s registration may be cancelled by Fair Trading if:
Where this cancellation action occurs, the property of the association comes under the control of the Director-General. The Director-General will determine what is to be done concerning payment of the association’s surplus and distribution of any property and the winding up of the association’s affairs.
An association ceases to be an independent legal entity when its registration is cancelled. The Director-General may reinstate an association’s registration if satisfied that the registration should not have been cancelled. If an association’s registration is reinstated then the association is taken to have continued in existence as if it had never been deregistered.
An association may apply for a transfer of registration under a corresponding law. If the association is contemplating transfer of registration then it should contact Registry Services.
Contact Registry Services
Freecall: 1800 502 042
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