Club rules and constitution

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This is the perfect constitution for your club or association or society. It covers all your basic requirements very thoroughly. It sets out the constitution and rules in a sensible, practical way with notes of advice too. Needs no legal expert support and no registration. Just go with it.
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About this unincorporated club rules and constitution template

This is a constitution or set of rules to regulate your management of any straight forward club or association or other organisation.

Use it for any group interest. Examples are:

  • sports club
  • collectors' club
  • enthusiast club (like a bird-watching society)
  • amateur dramatic or music societies
  • some intellectual pursuits
  • a political organisation

It is not suitable for a not-for-profit organisation, a co-operative society or any organisation that may want to register as a charity later.

The law relating to club rules and constitutions

Whether your club is new or has existed for years, you have a simple choice of how to frame it. Most simply, either it will be an unincorporated body or you form a company and put it there. If you use a company, you are probably best with a company limited by guarantee. So your question is “Do I need a company or shall I leave it unincorporated and regulated by the constitution we want to decide on”. A really useful article is at Chose the Best Structure for Your Club or Association.

If you choose an unincorporated association, you have one further choice. You can either obtain corporate status under state law, for example, the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 of New South Wales, OR you can remain as a simple group or club as an unincorporated “body”. If you want incorporation, your state incorporations act administers your affairs in much the same way as the Australia Corporations Act, but with a far lighter touch. But of course there are obligations and restrictions. If you are not concerned about the benefits of incorporation - usually because your activities have little or no business face, then here is your template.

Template features and contents

Of course you want to be sure that the constitution covers everything you needs but does not go over the top in an unnecessarily long document. We have a good, short article on what should be in your constitution and why, at How to Manage your Club or Association.

The document includes the following sections:

  • Main objective
  • Subscriptions, resignation, suspension and expulsion
  • Management of the association
  • Powers of the committee - what are they and who decides
  • Meetings
  • Quorum at meetings
  • Voting at meetings
  • How and when the rules can and will be amended
  • Provisions for dissolution
  • Explanatory notes and guidance
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Recent reviews

Great Service
07 December 2023
I was in a bit of a hurry, and I didn’t want to be bothered seeing a solicitor to draw up a fairly standard legal document – I found that this constitution ticked all the boxes and was easy to use. Good value for money.
Campbell Horsfall
Invaluable Aid
13 August 2022
The draft document provided an invaluable starting point for our requirements. It enabled us to rely on every point being covered and was easy to edit. Far easier than trying to include everything when starting from scratch.
The price was modest too, excellent value.
Highly recommended. This is our "go to" site from now for legal drafts.
Keith Collingwood
Review of the United Kingdom version
Perfect Solution
28 March 2021
This document is very good value and is just what we needed. We wanted to establish a formal basis for our association, but can’t afford to spend too much. This document gave us a modifiable template which we have adjusted to suit our requirements, written in terms that are easy to understand, and has helpful guidance notes at the end. Thank you for great service, Netlawman.
Jeanne-Marie Richards
Review of the United Kingdom version
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