Temporary Update: During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the South Australian Government has temporarily extended the period in which a prescribed association is required to hold an annual general meeting.
In accordance with section 14 of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, the period within which a prescribed association must hold an annual general meeting in accordance with section 39 of the Associations Incorporation Act 1985, is extended by 6 months.
[See COVID-19 Emergency Response (Section 14) Regulations 2020]
This change will cease on either 8 October 2020, or at the time in which all relevant declarations relating to COVID-19 within South Australia have ceased (whichever is earlier).
Under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 (SA) , prescribed associations (see PRESCRIBED ASSOCIATIONS) must hold annual general meetings, unless the association's rules do not provide for membership [s 39], or unless exempted by the Corporate Affairs Commission (part of Consumer and Business Services). A prescribed association's first annual general meeting must be within eighteen months of incorporation and from then on within five months of the end of the association's financial year.
While the Act only makes annual general meetings compulsory for prescribed associations with membership provisions, the rules of most incorporated associations require the association to hold an annual general meeting. Meetings must be held as stated in the association's rules.