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Final consultations on proposed changes to the Associations Incorporation Act of 1966



The Investment Promotion Authority recently completed consultation on proposed changes to the Associations Incorporation Act of 1996 which commenced in Port Moresby and then onto Goroka, Kokopo and Lae last month.


This continued on from consultations that began last year in Port Moresby, Goroka, Lae and Kokopo that provided IPA with feedback from stakeholders on a range of issues including, processes to incorporate, sub-types of associations, financial transparency and rights and responsibilities of committee members, amongst others.


According to the Consultation Report, there were numerous comments received on a variety of topics that all amounted to a call for more Government oversight and regulation of associations and their committee members. For example, many stakeholders indicated a need for the Registrar to act against any association that was engaged in unlawful activities, that didn’t comply with its own internal Rules, or that otherwise failed to comply with its stated objectives.


Whilst agreeing with this call and seeing the benefits of additional oversight the IPA currently does not have the resources to become a true industry watch-dog to oversee every association in PNG.


IPA however suggested that the most efficient approach to these issues of good governance is to empower the actual members of each association to better police the entity themselves, through various methods and approaches.


The resulting Consultation Report indicated overwhelming support on the need for a revised legislation. The IPA has developed and proposed a revised legislation that takes into account the stakeholders’ feedback.


The proposed revised legislation will ultimately amend the Associations Incorporation Act with a fresher and updated set of rules.


The public version of the Consultation Report, the Proposed Legislation to repeal and replace the Associations Incorporations Act 1966, and Explanatory Memo are available at

www.ipa.gov.pg

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