Under section 18(1) of the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 (SA) an association is eligible to be incorporated if formed for:
- a religious, educational, charitable or benevolent purpose
- promoting or encouraging literature, science or the arts
- providing medical treatment or attention, or promoting the interests of people suffering from a particular physical, mental or intellectual incapacity
- the purpose of sport, recreation or amusement
- establishing, carrying on or improving a community centre or promoting the interests of a local community or a particular section of a local community
- conserving resources or preserving any part of the environmental, historical or cultural heritage of the State
- promoting the interests of students or staff of an educational institution
- political purposes
- promoting the common interests of people engaged or interested in, a business, trade or industry
- administering a scheme or fund for paying superannuation or retirement benefits to members of any organisation or the employees of any incorporated body, firm or people (with the Minister's approval)
- any other purpose approved by the Minister.
The Minister's approval is also required for the incorporation of an association that has a main object of making a profit for its members or to engage in trade or commerce. However many non profit associations engage in trade for ancillary fundraising purposes, and approval is not required for this.
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