An incorporated association is an organisation incorporated in a state or territory under that state’s or territory’s laws. Its structure establishes it as a legal entity separate from its individual members.

You can recognise an incorporated association by the word 'Incorporated' or the abbreviation 'Inc' after its name.

An incorporated association must meet the requirements of the state or territory in which it is incorporated. It also has ongoing responsibilities and obligations to its state or territory regulator.

Many charities registered with the ACNC are incorporated associations.

Registering an incorporated association as a charity

To be registered as a charity, an incorporated association must meet the legal meaning of charity, and our requirements for registration.

Requirements to register an incorporated association as a charity

In summary, to be registered as a charity, an incorporated association must:

See more information on these requirements for registration.

Requirements to remain registered as a charity

All registered charities, including incorporated associations, must comply with certain ongoing obligations to remain registered.

These include to:

Notifying us of changes includes any changes to the charitable trust’s Address For Service, its Responsible People (the committee members or board) and its governing document (the rules or constitution).

See more information about ongoing obligations to the ACNC.

An incorporated association also has obligations to its own state or territory regulator. These obligations might include providing annual reports or keeping financial records.

See more information about obligations to other regulators.

Incorporated association no longer operating

If an incorporated association is registered as a charity and ceases operations, it must apply to have its charity registration revoked. Do this through the Charity Portal.

In winding up, an incorporated association must follow its rules, as well as all other legal requirements. In addition to its obligations to the ACNC, it is likely to have obligations to its state or territory regulator.