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In review: sports governance and dispute resolution in Australia

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Organisation of sports clubs and sports governing bodies

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There is no legal requirement for a sporting club (whether professional, amateur, commercial or non-profit) to become incorporated in Australia. However, many sports clubs (including non-profit amateur sports clubs) choose to incorporate, either as ‘incorporated associations’ under the applicable state or territory legislation (the Associations Incorporations Acts) or as corporations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Corporations Act). There are a number of advantages to incorporating a sporting club, the main one being that it provides the members of the club with a degree of limited liability. Additionally, under Australian law, unincorporated amateur sporting clubs are not considered legal persons separate from their members, which means that these sporting clubs do not have the…

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