Rules of Incorporation - or constitution - provide associations with a document outlining their objectives, structure and responsibilities. It is an essential document, ensuring the smooth administration of an association and is a legal necessity to protect the interests of members. Associations have a duty of care to ensure the Rules of Incorporation comply with the Act and reflect current practice.
The Rules of Incorporation differ from ByLaws in that bylaws are additional rules which apply to members and deal with internal and administrative matters. The bylaws should clearly outline the requirements of all clubs, teams and individuals, as members of the Association, along with the penalties for any breaches of these rules.
BNA Constitution amended 2014 (adopted at the AGM February 2014)