Why clubs need a constitution?

As defined by the Australian Sports Commission “ All clubs, except the most informal, should set out their basic structure and methods of operating in writing.

A club’s constitution should:

  • Outline the club’s purpose;
  • List all of the rules of operation; and
  • Set out the members’ rights and responsibilities”

Model Rules

According to Club Help “most constitutions are based on the Model Rules for Incorporated Bodies which is administered by Consumer Affairs Victoria or equivalent”. To follow your state or terrirories model rules visit your consumer affairs.

In addition to your state or territories consumer affairs model rules the Australian Sports Commission offers templates for states and territories as a guide and starting point. Tennis Australia also has some fantastic clubs leading by example around the country. Below are two templates currently being used by small to medium sized clubs.

Tennis Australia – Template 1

Tennis Australia – Template 2

Australian Sports Commission – Constitution


Additional Support:

Australian Sports Commission Constitution
Club Help Constitution
Tennis Australia Constitution (in more detail)


If you have any questions about your club please contact us at 1800 PLAY TENNIS or email.

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