1. U3A Association Constitution
1.1 Template Constitution Click this link to download the Zip file (in PDF format and for editing, use either the MS Word file or the RTF file) Constitution Template as a ZIP file. Updated 15.10.2019
1.2 Commentary on the Template Constitution EXPLAINS THE PURPOSE OF A CONSTITUTION AND THE NATURE OF ITS CLAUSES. ANY CHANGES TO A CONSTITUTION REQUIRES A SPECIAL RESOLUTION AND MUST, IF PASSED BY THE MEMBERS, BE ACCEPTED BY THE NSW OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING.
Click this link to download the accompanying Commentary. updated 29 August 2019
Note: For U3As outside of NSW, they will need to check compliance with local legislation.
4. General Guide to Current U3A Copyright Licences.
Click this link to another page on this site to view important information on the management of Copyright in your U3A.
Click this link to download an updated Guide to the Copyright licences that are relevant to Member U3As of our Network Copyright Licences. Updated 08.10.2019
5. Guide to Use of U3A Logo issued by The Third Age Trust
The Third Age Trust (U.K) has now issued guides on HOW THE U3A LOGO MUST BE USED by U3As throughout Australia.
Here are links to the two guides:
6. Further Guidance to Legal Matters
6.1 Insurance matters
Information about the proposed ONEMUSIC LICENCE.
6.4 Privacy Legislation
7. Incorporated Associations
The conduct of an incorporated association is governed by the Associations Incorporations Act 2009 and its Regulations. The government instrumentality that has responsibility for policing compliance is NSW Fair Trading.
Committee members have a duty to ensure that their U3A is conducted in accordance with the law . You must therefore familiarize yourself with the relevant law. The NSW Fair Trading website is an excellent starting point: https://www.
More detailed information can be found in the U3A Guides listed above and on the Not-for-Profit website at nfplaw.org.au under the heading “Running an Incorporated Association in NSW”. This organisation also provides free legal advice.
If you are seeking tax advice including GST please read the advice provided by the Tax Department at https://www.ato.gov.au/
If you are seeking copyright advice, please check out https://www.copyright.com.
8. The Blue Book
A copy of the Blue Book is issued to every U3A in the territory of U3A Network NSW INc. It contains an excellent guide to what you need to know about U3A and the running of a U3A. Read in conjunction with the above listed Guides should provide every committee member with a good grasp of their legal obligations and the matters about which they need to be informed.
The Blue Book is currently being reviewed as there may be some matters that require updating. They are unlikely to be extensive. The Blue Book should remain the first port of call for all matters U3A!