Incorporated Societies Act review
The Government has recently introduced the Incorporated Societies Bill. This page provides information about the review of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908.
As at May 2021, a draft Bill to replace the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 has been introduced in Parliament on 17 March 2021. The Bill had its first reading on 6 April 2021. Currently, the Bill is at Select Committee and submissions are being accepted. The closing date for submissions is 28 May 2021.
You can make a submission through the Parliament website:
You can read:
The 1908 Act
The aim of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 is to give guidance to the many New Zealanders who run societies. The Act is now more than 100 years old and needs updating to help volunteers govern and administer a society in today’s conditions.
The review process
In February 2014, the Government agreed to implement modern legislation that will help guide the sector into the future.
The Incorporated Societies Bill was released for public comment between October 2015 and June 2016. It aims to:
- make societies more robust
- help societies govern themselves
- provide societies and their members with more constructive options when things go wrong.
In May 2019, the Government agreed to make a number of changes to the draft Bill before it was introduced.
You can read:
The Bill is now undergoing its parliamentary stages. The progress of the Bill can be followed via the Parliament website.
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