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Incorporated Societies

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A new Incorporated Societies Act was passed on 5 April 2022. If your choir is an incorporated society you will need to re-register under the new Act sometime from October 2023, and will most likely need to make some changes to your constitution in order to comply with the new legislation.

The 2022 Act introduces new features such as a contact person, consent to be a member, the requirement for a society to have a committee, duties for officers, dispute resolution processes, the ability for societies to amalgamate and new accounting standards for financial reporting, amongst other things. 

Although the new Act has been signed into law, many of its provisions will not take effect immediately. There is a transition period of several years - until around April 2026 - that gives you time to prepare for the new regime. Until you re-register under the 2022 Act, your choir will continue to operate under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.

Useful links to help you understand the requirements of the Incorporated Societies Act 2022: