Tag: Incorporated Association

First Steps for Future Australia

Future Australia movement must meet some mandatory requirements before we can be officially endorsed to be an Australian Political Party.

Step One

Inaugural Meeting (see event details here)

Date: 11th November 2017

Before Future Australia can proceed with our application for incorporation, it must hold a meeting with initial founding members to vote on the following;

  • confirm decision to incorporate

If the members agree that the organisation is to become an incorporated association they need to:

  • authorise one or more members to prepare and submit the application for incorporation;
  • decide on a possible name for the association;
  • decide on the aims of the association; and
  • elect a member or committee to draft the rules.

Step Two

Hold a meeting to formally pass a resolution to adopt the rules and approve the proposed name of the association.

(Target: first week December)

After a draft set of rules has been developed, a meeting to adopt the rules of the association and approve the proposed name should be held. The motions should be formally moved, seconded and recorded in the minutes (see Meetings for more information regarding motions).

Step Three

Submit application to create an Incorporated Association 

(Target: second week December 2017)

After a draft set of rules has been developed, a meeting to adopt the rules of the association and approve the proposed name should be held. The motions should be formally moved, seconded and recorded in the minutes (see Meetings for more information regarding motions).

Step Four

Finalise the list of the first 500 Registered Members

(Target: second week January 2018)

To be eligible for registration a party must be:

  • Established on the basis of a written Constitution that sets out the aims of the party and;
    • a political party that has at least 500 members who are on the electoral roll and are not relied on by any other party.

Future Australia will tally this list publicly on the website.

Step Five

Submit Party Registration Application 

(Target: end of January 2018)

Applications for registration are made to the AEC’s National Office. For parliamentary parties they may be made by the party secretary or all the parliamentary members. For other political parties the application must be signed by ten members of the party of whom one is the secretary of the party.

An application cannot be processed by the AEC in the period between the issue and the return of the writ for a Commonwealth election or by-election.

For application requirements, refer to the Party Registration Guide.

Step Six

Setup bank account for Incorporated Association

(Target: February 2018)

In order to receive membership subscriptions and donations for crowdfunding, the Incorporated Association must have their own bank account to receive payments. The Secretary will be responsible for setting this up once the Incorporated Association application has been approved.

Step Seven

Notification & Objection

(Target: February 2018)

When the AEC receives an application for party registration it publishes a notice in major newspapers in each State and Territory. This notice invites objections on the grounds that:

  • the application does not meet the legislative requirements;
  • the party is not an eligible political party;
  • the name is one which should be refused by the AEC.

Any person or organisation may object to a party being registered on these grounds by submitting reasons in writing to the AEC during the month after the date of notice.

Step Eight

Formal Approval

(Target: March 2018)

Once the AEC formally approves the party application – its go time, and Future Australia will begin to engage heavily with the media to get the word out.