Incorporated associations

Dissolving an association

This page is for associations that want to dissolve voluntarily.

Licensing NT may dissolve an association if it finds they no longer meet the objectives for which it was formed.

In certain circumstances, member or officer liabilities may continue after the association is dissolved and be treated as if the association had not been dissolved.

Read more about investigation and resolving disputes.

How to dissolve an association

First, your association must submit outstanding audited financial reports to Licensing NT, unless Licensing NT has granted an exemption.

Then, your association's management committee must:

  • acquit all government grants
  • transfer any surplus assets or personal property.

If your association has prescribed property or property purchased from, or using grants from, the Northern Territory Government (NTG) or Australian Government, they are not treated as your association's assets at dissolution.

You will need directions from the granting body on what to do with these assets.

Dissolving an association with assets

To dissolve an association with assets, follow these steps:

Step 1. Your association's members must pass a resolution to dissolve the association and transfer its property to any of the following:

  • another body with similar or charitable objectives
  • a local government council where the property is situated.

Step 2. Within 14 days of the resolution, the public officer must publish your association's intention to transfer its property in the:

  • a Northern Territory (NT) newspaper where the association carries on its activities
  • NTG Gazette by emailing gazettes.dcm@nt.gov.au.

They must also submit a copy of these advertisements to Licensing NT with the following forms.

Resolution authorising transfer of property of an association form PDF (19.6 KB)
Resolution authorising transfer of property of an association form DOCX (31.9 KB)

Notice of intention to transfer property of an association form PDF (18.6 KB)
Notice of intention to transfer property of an association form DOCX (30.9 KB)

Step 3. Once 28 days have passed from publication of the notice, your association may transfer all of the surplus assets.

Step 4. Once transferred, the public officer must submit the following form and submit it to Licensing NT.

Completion of transfer of property of an association form PDF (20.0 KB)
Completion of transfer of property of an association form DOCX (31.4 KB)

Prohibiting a transfer

The following people may apply to the Supreme Court for an order to prohibit an association from transferring its real or property assets:

  • a member of the association who did not vote in favour of the resolution to dissolve the association
  • a creditor of the association.

You have 28 days from the publication of the notice of the association's intention to transfer all its property to make an application to the court.

An application to the court must be in the form of a writ or originating motion.

For more information, go to the Supreme Court of the NT website.

Dissolving an association without assets

Step 1. The public officer must complete a dissolution statutory declaration form in front of a witness aged 18 or older.

Dissolution statutory declaration form PDF (117.1 KB)
Dissolution statutory declaration form DOCX (18.6 KB)

Step 2. The public officer must submit the form to Licensing NT.

Licensing NT will publish a notice of intention to dissolve your association in the NTG Gazette.

After 3 months, if there is no objection, a notice of dissolution is gazetted and your association will come to a formal end on the same day.

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Last updated: 28 April 2022

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