For people, not for profits.

The HEA is a member-funded, not-for-profit, incorporated NSW association. 

An incorporated association has its own legal identity separate from its members, providing protection to members in legal transactions.

An incorporated association:

  • is a 'legal person'
  • can enter into and enforce contracts in its own name
  • can open a bank account
  • can hold, acquire and deal with property in its own name
  • can sue or be sued
  • continues, even though its members may change.

While there are benefits to be gained from incorporation, there are also obligations. These include annual reporting obligations, maintaining minutes, proper financial and membership records and registers.

Management of associations

An association must establish a committee to manage its affairs. 

Duties and responsibilities of the Committee

The HEA Management Committee is responsible for managing the affairs of the association, in accordance with its constitution and the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 (AI Act).

The role of the committee includes:

  • managing the association's financial affairs and maintaining its financial viability
  • ensuring the association acts in accordance with its objects or purposes
  • meeting all legal requirements.

Committee members are elected or appointed and hold office according to our Constitution. The current Committee members are found here.


  • Constitution
  • Code of Conduct for Members
  • Code of Ethics for Committee & Volunteers
  • Complaints policy