Running the organisation
New laws for Victorian incorporated associations came into effect on 26 November 2012. The resources in this section have been updated to reflect the new laws. The new Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic) can be accessed here, and you can read more about the changes at Consumer Affairs Victoria's website here.
This section is designed to assist community organisations to comply with the legal and regulatory requirements for running not-for-profit community organisations.
When running your organisation, there are both internal and external considerations.
PilchConnect has pages on internal issues that your group should consider, including:
More detailed information and tools on running an incorporated association are included in the Secretary's Satchel below.
There is also information about the following extra issues that may arise when running an organisation:
When running an organisation you should also be thinking about risks and risk management, including:
If you are looking for more information and it is not covered on this page, go back to the Information Webportal and check under other catergories like 'the People Involved'.
Additional detailed resources
In addition to the pages listed above, PilchConnect has developed two detailed resources:
1. A Secretary's satchel - Guide for secretaries of Victorian Incorporated Associations
This Guide is designed to help secretaries (as well as anyone involved in the day to day running of a Victorian incorporated association) to run an effective, compliant community organisation.
The Guide is in 8 parts. Many of the parts of the Guide contain practical tools - such as sample documents, checklists, and flowcharts - to help you in your role.
Download a Part of the Guide or a Tool:
Download the complete Transitional Guide or the complete Secretary's Satchel:
Important changes to the law
From 26 November 2012, the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Vic) has been replaced by the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 (Vic). The Public Officer is now known as the Secretary of the Association. The ‘Secretary's Satchel has been updated to reflect the new law.
There is a 12 month transitional period. Some obligations start on 26 November 2012 and some obligations have a declared implementation. It is very important to read our Transitional Guide to understand when you need to implement changes and what changes you will need to make.
2. Guide to the legal duties of not-for-profit Committee members in Victoria
This Guide covers the key legal duties of all people who hold a position on the governing body of a not-for-profit community organisation, including incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee, cooperatives and indigenous corporations as well as unincorporated groups.
It is a plain-language guide which includes case studies based on common situations that arise in the not-for-profit sector, as well as tips to help Committee and Board members comply with their legal obligations.
Download the complete Guide: