Incorporation for Clubs & Associations
There is no legal necessity for a recreationional water polo club to become incorporated if it remains a voluntary association. However any not-for-profit group with five or more members should consider the benefits of becoming incorporated. These include:
- having club members protected, to a certain extent, from being sued individually if someone is injured while involved in activities run by your club;
- improving your club’s fundraising ability and eligibility for grants. Many local councils insist on it before allocating funds;
- and making it easier to enter into leases, to open and operate bank accounts and to borrow money.
Not-for-profit sport and recreation clubs generally incorporate under State or Territory legislation known as the Associations Incorporation Act. The Acts are not identical in each State or Territory. You should refer to the relevant legislation in your State or Territory. Information on the relevant legislation is usually available from departments of fair trading or their equivalents in each State and Territory. For more information visit the Australian Sports Commission website.
The Australian Sports Commission has a number of useful club development resources. Click here to view these resources.
Water Polo Australia is committed to the requirements for the protection of the health, safety and well being of all members, including those who participate in the activities of Water Polo Australia member associations and affiliated clubs.
The Membership Protection Policy shall provide a safe and comfortable environment so that all members can and enjoy the great sport of water polo, in a harassment free environment.
Click here to view the Water Polo Australia Membership Protection Information Officers