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.
The public officer must be over 18 years of age and reside in New South Wales. An association's incorporation may be cancelled if it does not have a public officer or if its 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 generally be found. It must be premises at which documents can be received by post.
The official address cannot be a post office box.
The public officer must advise NSW Fair Trading of a change of official address by lodging the approved form Notice of appointment of public officer and notice of change of association address (form A9) within 28 days after the current address becomes obsolete or unusable.
The public officer is automatically one of the authorised signatories for the association. However, the public officer is not automatically a signatory to the association's bank account.
For additional information on authorised signatories, visit the Management committee page on the Fair Trading website.
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 must fill any vacancy in the position of public officer within 28 days.
A public officer will vacate the position if he or she:
The public officer is responsible for:
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