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Who can apply to become an incorporated society?

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Any group of 15 or more people may apply to become incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

Any group of 15 or more people can apply to become incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.  This means natural people (that is, individuals) or other corporate bodies. 

If some members of your group are corporate bodies then each of these bodies counts as three people for the purpose of making the minimum number of 15 members.  An unincorporated body cannot be a member of an incorporated society.

Corporate bodies include:

  • incorporated societies
  • companies incorporated under the Companies Act 1993
  • charitable trusts incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 or
  • a city, district or regional council.

 

Last updated 23 December 2011

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