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Important information for all Incorporated Associations
Recently the Victorian Parliament passed the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. New laws for Victorian incorporated associations come into effect on 26 November 2012.
What are the key changes to the Associations Incorporation Act?
The reforms cover the following areas:
- Duties of office holders
- Defences for office holders
- Indemnity for office holders
- Tiered reporting procedures
- Merger of Public Officer / Secretary
- Removal of the prohibition on trading
- Use of technology at committee and general meetings
- New matters that must be provided for in an association's rules
- Removal of committee members
- Conflicts of interest and committee members
- Clarification of the rights of members
- Disciplinary action against a member
- Grievance procedures
What do these changes mean for your community organisation?
If your community organisation is an incorporated association established in Victoria it will be required to comply with these new laws once they come into effect.
For example, all of your Committee of Management members will need to be aware of their new duties, and your financial reporting practices may have to be changed as a result of the proposed three-tiered reporting regime. The changes may require many organisations to amend their rules to bring them in line with the new requirements.
New 'Model Rules' are being drafted
Given these significant changes to the legislation for incorporated associations, there will be a re-drafting of the Model Rules, to ensure that they reflect the new laws. Find out more about the new model rules on the Public Interest Law Clearing House (VIC) Inc. (PILCH) website.
For further information on these changes and a range of legal information resources specifically developed for Victorian not-for-profit community organisations go to the PILCH website or visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website.