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Incorporating an association 

Generally, organisations that may incorporate are small non-commercial community groups.

The types of associations that may consider incorporation are:

  • sporting groups
  • arts and crafts groups
  • social groups
  • ethnic and cultural groups
  • pensioner associations
  • musical societies
  • environmental groups.

The steps to incorporate vary, depending on whether your group is just starting out or is already an unincorporated association, a co-operative or a company.

Note: you can't incorporate if you are planning to provide monetary gains to members.

Incorporating a new association 

If the association does not already exist, follow these steps:

  1. Five or more individuals authorise an application for incorporation/registration that includes:
    • a statement of the association's objects
    • a copy of the association's proposed constitution.
  2. Reserve a name by lodging an Application for reservation of name (Form A1) together with the prescribed fee, with NSW Fair Trading. To find out if a name is already registered call Registry Services on 1800 502 042 or NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.
  3. Apply for incorporation by lodging an Application for registration (Form A2), with the prescribed fee and documents at any Service NSW or Fair Trading Centre or by mail to Registry Services, PO Box 22, Bathurst NSW 2795.

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Incorporating an existing association 

To incorporate your existing association, follow these steps:

  1. Pass a special resolution to authorise an application for incorporation/registration that includes:
    • a statement of the association's objects
    • a copy of the association's proposed constitution.

Follow Step 2 and Step 3 (see Incorporating a new association).

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How much does it cost to incorporate an association? 

Information on current fees is available by calling Registry Services on 1800 502 042 or 02 6333 1400 or by visiting the Incorporated association fees page on the Fair Trading website.

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Need more information? 

Contact Registry Services
Tel: 6333 1400
FreeCall: 1800 502 042

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