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Society or associations

Member information guide

A society or association may be defined as a relationship between persons carrying out an activity for the benefit of the group, such as a society, organisation, strata, social club, charity, not for profit organisation, incorporated body, or co-operative. These types of groups will usually have a governing “committee” for such groups comprising of president/chair, treasurer and secretary.

What do I need to open a membership for a society or association?

To set up a membership and accounts for your society or association, you will need to provide copies of the following documents:


Prepare your documents

You will need to provide a copy of minutes from your last committee meeting stating:

  • The membership and account is to be opened at BCU Bank.
  • The committee members to be added as authorised signatories.
  • How many signatures will be required to operate the account i.e. will transactions require one or two signatures.
  • Signed by at least two named signatories.

Attend a branch

All signatories are required to open a personal membership with BCU Bank to be linked as a signatory on the Society of Association Membership. You can do this by attending a branch with the required documents and primary photo identification or by returning certified copies (including certification form) to: PO Box 1563, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450.


Complete a request form

Complete and sign a non-personal membership application form and finalise your membership.

Is the society or association an incorporated body?

You will also need to provide:

  • A copy of your rules or constitution.
  • A certificate of Incorporation.

Is your society or association a not for profit?

You will also need to provide:

  • Confirmation of registration from the Australian Charities and Not For Profit Commission.

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