Ending an association

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A benefit of incorporating is an association has perpetual succession, which means it can continue to exist regardless of any changes to it its membership.

However, there may come a time where the association has a lack of members or there is no longer any interest in continuing its activities and the incorporation of the association should be ended.

There are a number of ways in which an association’s incorporation can cease. These include the:

  • association’s members voluntarily applying for its cancellation;
  • Commissioner ordering its cancellation;
  • association’s members voluntarily applying for its winding up under the Corporations Act 2009; or
  • association or its members, creditors or the Commissioner applying to Supreme Court for its winding up;

An association’s incorporation may also come to an end if its members choose to either amalgamate (merge) the association with another incorporated association to form a new incorporated association or becoming registered as a different type of body corporate under another law.

Go to the Inc guide e-book: End of the road www.commerce.wa.gov.au/books/inc-guide-incorporated-associations-western-australia/end-road

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