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Associations Incorporation Bill introduced into Parliament

Consumer Protection is pleased to announce that a Bill has been introduced into the Western Australian Parliament to replace the existing Associations Incorporation Act 1987.

Consumer Protection acknowledges the contributions made by the sector to the development of the Bill, and appreciates the strong levels of interest and engagement which have been a feature of the consultation process.

What changes are proposed?

Some of the key features of the Bill include:

  • A system of financial reporting and accountability designed to minimise the reporting burden on smaller associations, whilst recognising that larger associations should be accountable for the significant resources under their control;
  • A flexible approach to what contact information a member must provide to their association as well as limits on what can be done with that information;
  • A modernised statement of the duties of committee members and officers which formalises the duties that already exist under other laws;
  • A process for the appointment of a statutory manager to administer the affairs of an association as an alternative to the winding up or cancellation of an association when it is not functioning effectively and efforts to resolve the situation have been unsuccessful.
  • A dispute resolution system that requires associations to have an internal dispute resolution process in its rules and that unresolved disputes can be heard by the State Administrative Tribunal;
  • Removal of the restriction on an association to carry on business or trading ventures, provided that all profits from the activities are used to further the association's objects or purposes and that individual members do not profit from such activities;
  • A lengthy transition period of three years to allow associations to update their rules/constitution; and

A simplified and streamlined process for associations to resolve their affairs and cancel their incorporation.

What happens now?

You can view the contents of the Bill by clicking here. Until the Bill is passed by Parliament these new provisions will not have any effect and the current requirements and obligations of the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 will apply.

However, it is important to stay in contact with the Department so that we can continue to provide information and updates as the Bill progresses. Please ensure we have a current email address for your organisation by joining the eNewsletter subscription list.

If you have any questions please telephone the Associations Branch on 1300 30 40 74 or email associations@commerce.wa.gov.au for more information.

 

Stirling Sports Star Awards

Winners of the Stirling Sports Star Awards for the Octobe to January 2015 period were announced in a ceremony at Herb Graham Recreation Centre on 19 February 2015.

The category winners each received over $300 in cash and prizes including a $150 cheque. iTunes voucher, a forty swim pass or one month Diamond Membership to the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre and a Clubs Forever Pack.

Clubs Forever would like to congratulate the following category winners:

Stirling Junior Sports Star Award winner is:
Sachi Morrow - Swimming

Stirling Senior Sports Star Award winner is:
Trenton Matthews - Hockey

Stirling Sports Star Valued Volunteer winner is:
Jenni Santa-Maria - Balcatta Cricket Club 

Stirling Sports Star Community Coach winner is:
Anna Haynes - Ultimate Frisbee Club

Rotary Junior Sport Scholarship finalists are:
Jess Williams - Baseball & Vanessa Tenaglia - Cheersports

Hot stuff

Watch this space for the latest updates on local sport and recreation community issues in the City of Stirling.

Achievements

There are currently 430 local sport and recreation clubs in the Clubs Forever database. To date the program has presented over 40 seminars on various topics, attending by more than 900 people.

'Goals kicked since bounce down'

In 2003, the Clubs Forever program was featured in a presentation at the Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference, which generated significant interest from interstate delegates.

Clubs Forever was featured in Sports View magazine, October 2003 as a unique program unparalleled by other local government organisations.

In February 2005, Clubs Forever initiated a special event at the Scarborough Cricket Club, where Kim Hughes gave an inspirational talk on club development from his personal perspective. The former Western Australian and Australian cricket captain also reflected on his current role as a volunteer with Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club.

In September 2005, ex-North Melbourne and East Perth footballer, Ross Glendinning was a guest speaker at the Mt Lawley Football Club, candidly offering his views on all facets of the sport. He gave a captivating overview of the stars he played against and a critical analysis of the various coaching styles.

Other notable achievements include:

  • Winner, 2003 Best Practice in Local Government Awards for 'Innovation'
  • Winner, 2004 Western Australian Local Government Award for 'Effective Communication'
  • Finalist, 2003 and 2005 Bi-annual Sport and Recreation Industry Awards for 'Volunteers Support'.