All clubs should set out their basic structure and methods of operating in writing. The product of this process is called a constitution. A club’s constitution should:
- Outline the club’s purpose;
- List all of the rules of operation; and
- Set out the members’ rights and responsibilities
Not-for-profit sport and recreation clubs generally incorporate under State or Territory legislation known as the Associations Incorporation Act. To become incorporated a club must, among other things, lodge a set of rules, commonly referred to as a “constitution”. The model rules are not identical in each State or Territory. The model rules are intended as a guide only and clubs can adopt, or change the rules to suit their needs so long as the basic requirements are met.
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.