As an unincorporated association, Woden Valley Alliance Church cannot do any of the following in its own name as it is not a legal entity:
These things must be done by individual members or companies as trustees or through an arrangement with the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia Incorporated (the denomination).
For example, the church property is held by the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australasia Property Trust and the church has a loan through the Alliance Development Fund.
If the church was to incorporate as an association, it would have its own legal entity and could do all the above in its own name.
The church is already subject to government regulation through the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) which is an Australian statutory body and the national regulator of charities and other not for profits, including churches.
Yes, you are, if you are a member of the church. However, if the church was to incorporate, your liability would be limited provided you exercised reasonable care in your decision making and you did not act illegally.
No, it cannot. As an unincorporated association, the church cannot sue or be sued as it is not a legal entity.
Yes, it is. The Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia – the “denomination” – is incorporated in the A.C.T. as the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia Incorporated. It did so some years ago after obtaining legal advice.
The fee payable to the ACT government to incorporate is currently $179.
The fee payable to the ACT government to lodge the annual return is currently $41.
The annual accounts must be audited. The fee payable to the auditor will not change due to incorporation.
These days most churches are incorporated, unless they are organised along denominational lines, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches.
Some examples of Canberra churches and organisations that are incorporated as associations include:
Contact the office on 6287 2033 if you have any more questions.