Using our Constitution Builder tool to draft or revise a society’s rules

An online tool for drafting or revising society rules

Every incorporated society is required to have a constitution or set of rules, stating clearly how it intends to be run. These rules must cover certain basic functions and responsibilities, such as why the society exists, the conditions of membership, and how the society will hold meetings, make decisions and elect officers.

Where to start when drafting or revising rules

To help you draft your constitution, we’ve designed the Constitution Builder, a ‘do-it-yourself’ online tool for writing or revising your society’s rules.

This tool is able to produce a draft document that contains most of the content required in a constitution; however, it should not be considered a substitute for expert legal advice. You should consult a professional before finalising your constitution.
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Any constitution prepared using the Constitution Builder will also need to be reviewed once the proposed new Incorporated Societies Act has been enacted by Parliament.

Temporary modifications to rules due to COVID-19

There may be things that your society has been unable to do because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Government has reinstated the temporary compliance relief measures contained in the COVID-19 Response (Requirements For Entities—Modifications and Exemptions) Act 2020, which had expired earlier in 2021.

The temporary legislation takes effect from 3 November 2021 and allows societies affected by COVID-19 restrictions to make certain changes to their constitutions or rules and to carry out certain tasks electronically. You’re able to make use of these temporary provisions up until 30 April 2022.

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