Incorporated societies

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 Government has agreed to implement modern legislation that will help guide the sector into the future. The Incorporated Societies Bill, which was exposed for public comment from October 2015 to June 2016, aims to make societies more robust, help them govern themselves, and provide more constructive options when things go wrong.

View the Incorporated Societies Bill - Exposure draft 

Next steps

The Ministry has analysed the more than 100 submissions on the exposure draft. A number of important points were made and as such, changes to the Bill are needed. After a temporary pause, work has now restarted on preparing these changes for Cabinet approval later in 2018.

View the submissions received

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