How we can help
Our VIC Rules Tool asks you a series of questions about how you would like your association to operate – in simple, plain English – then generates a downloadable, customised rules that your association can submit to Consumer Affairs Victoria for approval.
Our tool will help you create a set of rules that is customised to your association’s needs, compliant with Victorian law, and set out in plain language.
How our tool works
Associations often choose to write their own rules so their governing document suits the specific needs of their group. If you decide to write your own rules, our tool will help make sure they meet legal requirements.
Free to use
We know how costly legal information can be. That’s why we’ve created this free tool – to help your organisation get started with your rules.
We have included links to other resources and to where you can get more free help, as well as clear steps of what to do next.
What are rules and why are they important?
Incorporated associations in Victoria must have a governing document that sets out the rules and procedures for how the group will operate. This document is called the association’s ‘rules’ or ‘constitution’.
Under Victorian law, certain things must be included in an association’s rules. The Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012 (Vic) includes a template set of rules called the ‘model rules’ which includes these compulsory items. You can download the model rules from Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website.
If an association decides to write their own constitution, our tool can help make sure that it meets certain legal requirements. You will still need to submit your rules to Consumer Affairs Victoria for approval. You may not use the rules until they have been approved by Consumer Affairs Victoria.
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