On 11 September 2014 the Associations Incorporations Bill 2014(WA) (Bill) was introduced into the Western Australian Parliament. The Bill has now been passed by both Houses of Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent. Certain provisions of the Bill take effect on the date the Bill receives Royal Assent, while other provisions take effect on a day fixed by proclamation.
The Bill repeals and replaces the current Associations Incorporation Act 1987 (WA). It establishes a scheme for the incorporation of associations, and makes provision for corporate governance, financial accountability and matters relating to rules and membership of incorporated associations. The Bill also introduces provisions which impose specific eligibility requirements on members of the management committee of an incorporated association.
All existing incorporated associations will now need to review and update the rules of their association to ensure compliance with these new laws. The Bill provides that existing incorporated associations have a transition period of three years from the commencement date of the Bill within which to do so.