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.
Use our Constitution Builder tool
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 — expired
Societies were able to make certain modifications to their constitutions or rules if a majority of their governing officers believed, in good faith, that it was not reasonably practicable to comply with those provisions as a result of COVID-19. This provision expired on 31 March 2021.