A public officer is the official point of contact for an incorporated association and one of the authorised signatories.
A committee member, an ordinary member or a person outside the association may hold the position of public officer.
They must be over 18 years of age and reside in New South Wales. An association's incorporation may be cancelled if the public officer does not comply with these requirements.
Every association must have an official address. The official address must be a physical address in NSW where the public officer can be contacted. It can be premises where the association is located, or where the public officer resides, is employed or carries on his or her business.
The official address cannot be a post office box.
The public officer must advise Fair Trading of a change of official address by lodging Form A9 - Notice of appointment of public officer and Notice of change of association address within 28 days after the current address becomes obsolete or unusable.
The person nominated as the public officer on the application for incorporation of an association will become the association's first public officer. The committee will appoint the public officer when a vacancy occurs.
A public officer will vacate the position if he or she:
Once the position becomes vacant, the committee must fill the position within 28 days.
The new public officer must notify NSW Fair Trading within 28 days of the new appointment. Notification must be in the approved form (Notice of appointment of public officer and notice of change of association address Form A9).
The public officer is responsible for:
Contact Registry Services
Tel: 6333 1400
FreeCall: 1800 502 042
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