Environmental group constitution and rules

Comprehensive terms and conditions, or rules for an environmental group to promote and encourage the improvement and protection of the environment. The group could be formed to promote environmental protection in general, or for a specific purpose, for example, to improve the quality of the air, to, monitor and report on local industrial processes and chemical and oil spills, to reduce noise pollution, to promote water consumption awareness and other similar things.
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This is an all embracing legal document setting out the terms and conditions for a club, group or society as an unincorporated association. By that, we mean any association of two or more people, who have come together to form a club to pursue a common social or recreational purpose. Mutual rights and responsibilities arise from the rules which members agree to – that is, this agreement.

This document provides for how the club will be constituted, who controls its structure, administration and funds as well as setting out its purposes, aims and goals. In law, this type of group is called an ‘unincorporated association’ because, unlike a company, it has not been ‘incorporated’.  Thus, it has no legal identity of its own, beyond the identity of the individual members. These members of course, require rules by which to regulate their association in the pursuit of their common goals.  So if you organize a society, club, group or association of any kind, you will need a document such as this.

Whether you are a small group wanting to clean up your local community by removing litter, implement car-share policies, clean a beach, plant some tress or organize a “walk to work day”, or whether you are an international association with bigger objectives such as saving whales and lowering the impact of global warming, this document is suitable.

Application and features

  • Follows a clear and logical structure by which to manage your organisation, association, club or group;
  • Suitable for a variety of environmental groups;
  • Written in plain English;
  • Extensive explanatory notes to guide you.


  • Main objective for the association: who, when where and why;
  • Subscriptions: how much and when to pay;
  • Resignation, suspension and expulsion: who decides;
  • Management of the association;
  • Powers of the Committee;
  • Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General Meetings;
  • Quorum at meetings;
  • Voting at meetings;
  • Amendment of Rules: by whom, when and how;
  • Dissolution;
  • Other usual legal provisions.

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current Australian law.

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