It is essential that your club has a Constitution. This provides a basic framework to assist in the daily running of your club, and offers members and club committees with some certainty about roles, responsibilities, rules, and decision-making authority.

  • The Constitution is a set of rules or guidelines outlining how the association and its members should operate
  • Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading provides a template constitution, known as the Model Rules
  • Associations can either adopt or amend the Model Rules
  • Amending an association’s constitution is done through the passing of a Special Resolution
  • This is where the association advertises its intent to make changes to its constitution and then holds a Special General Meeting to vote on the changes.  If three-quarters of the members present at the meeting vote in favour, the changes are passed
  • The Public Officer is required to notify Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading of the amendments within one month by lodging a Notice of Special Resolution, and attaching a copy of the changes
  • Members are expected to abide by the association’s constitution
  • Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading does not have the authority to investigate a breach of an association’s constitution, or any dispute that may arise between members
  • Any dispute or issues should be dealt with internally or by seeking independent legal advice.

> Find out more about Constitutions (includes a sample)

For additional information on incorporation and constitutions, Tennis Tasmania encourages you to refer to the range of information guidelines available via the Tasmanian Government’s Sport and Recreation website.