Rules of Incorporation or a Constitution provide Associations and Clubs with a document outlining their objectives, structure and responsibilities. It is an essential document, ensuring the smooth administration of an Association or Club and is a legal necessity to protect the interests of members.
If an Incorporated Association does not have its own Constitution, the model rules will apply. Associations and Clubs have a duty of care to ensure the Rules of Incorporation comply with the Act and reflect current practice.
Bylaws are additional rules which apply to members which generally deal with internal and administrative matters. The Bylaws are made under the Constitution. Accordingly, the Bylaws are subordinate to the Constitution and must not be inconsistent with the Constitution. An Association or Club should have a clause in the Constitution that provides the power to the Board or Committee to make Bylaws.
Up to date bylaws can avoid many issues and grievances in relation to the day to day operations of a netball competition. That is, the bylaws should clearly outline the requirements of all clubs, teams and individuals, as members of the Association or Club, along with the penalties for any breaches of these bylaws.