A group or association can choose to organise itself in certain ways, to help it run effectively and achieve its goals. One option is to become an incorporated society. This is done by registering under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908, which gives the group its own legal identity, separate to that of its members.

A wide range of organisations can become incorporated societies. These include sports and social clubs, cultural and religious groups, and special interest and activist organisations.

Starting a society

To incorporate a society you must submit an application, along with the required documents, and pay a registration fee.

Before you can apply, however, there are a few things you’ll need to have already done.

Filing your annual financial statements

You must file annual financial statements with us, unless your incorporated society is registered with Charities Services.

There are two ways to file your annual financial statements. Which options you can use to file your annual financial statements will depend on when they are due.

Running your society

Once you've registered your incorporated society, you’re required by law to keep certain information about it up to date. This includes the society's addresses, name, and the rules by which it operates.

Societies must comply with their rules and also need to meet other legal obligations.

News and notices

Do you have an insolvency practitioners licence?

As the 1st of September 2021 deadline looms, all liquidators must meet licensing requirements, or resign from their appointments.

Primary Register: Companies Office Published:

COVID-19 relief measures: expiry update

An update on the dates when the temporary COVID-19-related business relief measures expire

Primary Register: Companies Office Published:

New GM takes charge of registers

Sanjai Raj has been appointed General Manager of the newly formed Market Integrity branch of MBIE, taking over as Registrar of our business registers from Ross van der Schyff.

Primary Register: Companies Office Published: