Sector Development Working Manual

ECCQ · April 22, 2020

Community associations play a critical and positive role in supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse groups, facilitating successful settlement processes for migrant and refugee communities as well as promoting community development and social cohesion in Australia.

Starting or engaging with a community organisation is a big responsibility and this document helps you understand the basic steps that must be undertaken to establish a community organisation and comply with laws and regulations.

Democratic structures and the rule of law have helped make modern multicultural Australia a peaceful nation. However, there are a number of layers of law in Australia and it can sometimes be confusing as to which laws apply. Many people find these layers of law confusing, not just newcomers to Australia.

There are Federal, or Commonwealth, laws; there are State laws, which can vary from State to State; and there are also local government laws, rules and regulations. It is important to recognise that these laws and rules have not been established to make it difficult for you. Rather, they are there to make it easier for the association to function effectively and to protect the association’s members and the elected office bearers of the association.

This manual is divided into two sections and covers topics including:


Starting and setting up your community association

  • where and how do you begin?
  • what are your options for the structure of your association?
  • establishing, understanding and implementing good governance and leadership for your association.


Running and growing your organisation

  • understanding and establishing financial systems (money management) for your association.
  • getting funding, undertaking projects, project management and ‘acquitting’ grants funding.
  • considering strategic and succession planning, undertaking and resourcing for business development.


Disclaimer: This manual has been developed by the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) as a guide for leaders of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities who want to set up, or continue to develop and grow, a community association. The information conveyed and presented in this manual is not professional advice and is general information only. ECCQ does not guarantee, and accepts no legal liability whatsoever arising from or connected to, the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material contained in this manual or any action taken, or not taken, in reliance on the information in this manual. ECCQ has no control over the content or changes of any external websites owned by third parties linked-to in the manual, with such links to external websites being provided in good faith. It is the responsibility of the user of this manual to make their own decision concerning the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information contained in any external third-party websites linked to or referred to in this manual.

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Part 1 - Starting and setting up your community association
Part II - Running and growing your organisation

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