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Great news! Law changes are coming to reduce red tape and improve internal governance for the more than 22,900 incorporated associations in Queensland, including the 3,750 that have registered as charities.
These law changes were introduced by Queensland Parliament on 16 June 2020 with the passing of the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020. The legislation governing associations has not undergone substantial reform since the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 was last amended in 2007.
Some of the law changes start now on assent, while others will take effect progressively over the next couple of years.
Changes taking effect now include:
- your association being able to amend its own rules, or replace them, to adopt the model rules after the association has become incorporated
- not having to include in your rules, the provision of using technology in your general meetings such as video conferencing
- new provisions that allow your association to voluntarily appoint an administrator if you experience financial difficulties, rather than having to apply to the Supreme Court for the appointment of a provisional liquidator
- the introduction of a voluntary cancellation process where your association can apply to the Office of Fair Trading to be cancelled, provided you have no outstanding debts, instead of undergoing a lengthy, formal winding up process.
Please refer to the Office of Fair Trading website for full details on the law changes and how they will benefit you. You may also want to download a copy of the incorporated associations business guide.