Association’s Model Rules


Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012


The Australian Association for Restorative Justice Inc (AARJ Inc)

Associations Incorporation Reform Regulations 2012

Part 3 Table of Provisions

    Regulation                                                                                                        Page


1       Name  3

2       Purposes  3

3       Financial year 3

4       Definitions  3


5       Powers of Association  4

6       Not for profit organisation  4


Division 1—Membership  5

7       Minimum number of members  5

8       Who is eligible to be a member 5

9       Application for membership  5

10     Consideration of application  5

11     New membership  5

12     Annual subscription and fee on joining  6

13     General rights of members  6

14     Associate members  6

15     Rights not transferable  7

16     Ceasing membership  7

17     Resigning as a member 7

18     Register of members  7

Division 2—Disciplinary action  7

19     Grounds for taking disciplinary action  7

20     Disciplinary subcommittee  8

21     Notice to member 8

22     Decision of subcommittee  8

23     Appeal rights  9

24     Conduct of disciplinary appeal meeting  9

Division 3—Grievance procedure  9

25     Application  9

26     Parties must attempt to resolve the dispute  10

27     Appointment of mediator 10

28     Mediation process  10

29     Failure to resolve dispute by mediation  10


30     Annual general meetings  11

31     Special general meetings  11

32     Special general meeting held at request of members  11

33     Notice of general meetings  12

34     Proxies  12

35     Use of technology  13

36     Quorum at general meetings  13

37     Adjournment of general meeting  13

38     Voting at general meeting  14

39     Special resolutions  14

40     Determining whether resolution carried  14

41     Minutes of general meeting  15


Division 1—Powers of Committee  15

42     Role and powers  15

43     Delegation  15

Division 2—Composition of Committee and duties of members  16

44     Composition of Committee  16

45     General Duties  16

46     President and Vice-President 16

47     Secretary  16

48      Treasurer 17

Division 3:Election of Committee members and tenure of office 17

49     Who is eligible to be a Committee member 17

50     Positions to be declared vacant 17

51      Nominations  18

52     Election of President etc. 18

53     Election of ordinary members  18

54     Ballot 18

55     Term of office  19

56     Vacation of office  20

57     Filling casual vacancies  20

Division 4—Meetings of Committee  20

58     Meetings of Committee  20

59      Notice of meetings  20

60     Urgent meetings  21

61     Procedure and order of business  21

62     Use of technology  21

63     Quorum    21

64     Voting  21

65      Conflict of interest 22

66     Minutes of meeting  22

67     Leave of absence  22


68     Source of funds  22

69      Management of funds  23

70     Financial records  23

71     Financial statements  23


72     Common seal 23

73     Registered address  24

74     Notice requirements  24

75     Custody and inspection of books and records  24

76     Winding up and cancellation  25

77     Alteration of Rules  25

OWN Rules for an Incorporated Association


The persons who from time to time are members of the Association are an incorporated association by the name given in rule 1 of these Rules.

Under section 46 of the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012, these Rules are taken to constitute the terms of a contract between the Association and its members.


         1   Name

The name of the incorporated association is “The Australian Association for Restorative Justice Incorporated”. The Australian Association for Restorative Justice is a registered business name with ASIC.


Under section 23 of the Act, the name of the association and its registration number must appear on all its business documents.

         2   Purposes

The purposes of the association are to support individuals and organisations working with restorative justice and restorative practices. AARJ promotes effective decision-making, dispute resolution, conflict management and healing in the justice system, along with educational, work, residential communities and wherever else people are seeking fairer and safer ways to heal social harm and promote well-being. The Australian Association for Restorative Justice supports restorative practitioners, professionals, researchers and policy makers across Australia.

         3   Financial year

The financial year of the Association is each period of 12 months ending on June 30th.

         4   Definitions

In these Rules—

absolute majority, of the Committee, means a majority of the committee members currently holding office and entitled to vote at the time (as distinct from a majority of committee members present at a committee meeting);

associate member means a member referred to in rule 14(1);

Chairperson, of a general meeting or committee meeting, means the person chairing the meeting as required under rule 46;

Committee means the Committee having management of the business of the Association;

committee meeting means a meeting of the Committee held in accordance with these Rules;

committee member means a member of the Committee elected or appointed under Division 3 of Part 5;

disciplinary appeal meeting means a meeting of the members of the Association convened under rule 23(3);

disciplinary meeting means a meeting of the Committee convened for the purposes of rule 22;

disciplinary subcommittee means the subcommittee appointed under rule 20;

financial year means the 12 month period specified in rule 3;

general meeting means a general meeting of the members of the Association convened in accordance with Part 4 and includes an annual general meeting, a special general meeting and a disciplinary appeal meeting;

member means a member of the Association;

member entitled to vote means a member who under rule 13(2) is entitled to vote at a general meeting;

special resolution means a resolution that requires not less than three-quarters of the members voting at a general meeting, whether in person or by proxy, to vote in favour of the resolution;

the Act means the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012 and includes any regulations made under that Act;

the Registrar means the Registrar of Incorporated Associations.