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The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 requires every incorporated society to have a set of rules. The rules set out how the society is run.

The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 requires every incorporated society to have a set of rules. The rules set out how the society is run. 

Well drafted rules will contribute to the smooth running of an incorporated society.  
The rules should be: 

  • detailed
  • clearly expressed and
  • unambiguous/certain. 

 

Poorly drafted rules may lead to disagreements over how the rules should be interpreted and whether or not the society is operating in accordance with its rules.

 

There are some things that must be included in the rules

The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 sets out certain matters that must be included in the rules of a society. Rules will also often contain additional clauses covering issues that are specific to the administration of a particular society. Any other matters can be included in a society’s rules, provided they are not inconsistent with the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 or general law.

 

It may also be useful to include rules that cover: 

  • Membership fees
  • Registered office
  • Copy of rules
  • Management of the society
  • A process for handling internal disputes
  • Financial year.


Note | This is by no means a comprehensive list of rules that a society can adopt.

 

Last updated 25 September 2015