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Associations and Clubs Law

Associations and Clubs Law

in Australia and New Zealand

3rd edition

By A S Sievers


Voluntary non-profit associations are an integral part of community life in Australia. These associations range from local social, sporting or community clubs or associations to large charities and professional or semi-professional sporting associations organized on a national or State level.

A predecessor of this short, practical book was variously described as “”a very useful book”, “a practical work, short and crisp”, “an excellent publication”, “a useful reference book” and “highly recommended”.

This new edition is prompted by major changes to the legislation across Australia, including new statutes in the Northern Territory and New South Wales and large amendments in most other jurisdictions. These have resulted in a more consistent approach to the most crucial regulatory issues, a trend towards a more national approach which is reflected in many of the numerous recent cases, especially those concerning disputes and discipline and the rights of members of an association.

This is a must-have for anyone involved in the not-for-profit sector and their legal advisors.



The Concept and Nature of Voluntary Associations
The Status of Voluntary Associations Incorporation

Unincorporated Associations

Formation, Rules and Management of an Unincorporated Association
Contract and Tort
Legal Proceedings
Dissolution of an Unincorporated Association

Methods of Incorporating an Unincorporated Non-Profit Association

Ways of Incorporating a Non-Profit Association
An Overview of the Associations Incorporation Legislation

Incorporated Associations

Associations Eligible to be Registered under the Associations Incorporation Acts
Incorporating an Association
Effect of Incorporation
Constitution and Rules
Management of an Incorporated Association
Amalgamation of Associations and the Incorporation of Branches
The Rights of Members of an Incorporated Association
Government Regulation of Incorporated Associations
Offences and Evidentiary Provisions
Cancellation of Incorporation
Winding Up and Extermal Administration

Table of Cases/ Table of Statutes/ Comparative Table of Statutes/ Bibliography/ Index


Published 7 October 2010
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862877351
Australian RRP $39.95
International Price $35.00
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Law - Sports & the Law
Charities / Non-profit / Voluntary Sector
Law - New Zealand
Sport & Leisure

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