The Australian Motorcyclist Association (AMA) team has been working closely with its not for profit specialist law firm to produce a unique legal structure for local AMA branches which we think will greatly benefit clubs, industry, riders and local communities for many years to come.
Unlike a traditional motorcycle club which stands alone with its own rules, policies, procedures and is left to fend for itself, an AMA branch is a child association of the AMA, which means it’s not just a part of the AMA family, it is the AMA family.
To liken an AMA branch to another organisation think a local Lions Club to Lions Australia or a local Surf Life Saving Club to Surf Life Saving Australia, as is with a local AMA Branch to AMA National, eg. Australian Motorcyclist Association Bendigo Branch (AMA Bendigo).
The AMA’s insurer describes an AMA branch as a subsidiary company/ child association of the AMA, which means it has the same purpose as the AMA and is automatically named as an insured on all of the AMA insurance policies, ie. an AMA branch receives FREE insurance!!
And unlike traditional clubs which have members that can vote out effective committees and replace them with others that have self-serving interests, an AMA branch does not have those members. An AMA branch has a board as nominated by AMA national so a committee will always be effective and be able to just get on with the job of running the club.
Being a national organisation means all members join at the national level and an entitlement of this national membership is to participate in the activities of an AMA branch, anywhere in Australia. And unlike traditional incorporated clubs which can only operate within their home state, an AMA branch can operate anywhere in Australia.
AMA branches can work side by side in the organization and operation of local, regional, state and national events and share equally in the results of those events. Partnering with other AMA branches and creating a series of events can help return motorcycling in Australia to its heyday.
Even existing clubs can form a new AMA branch, wind up their existing club, transfer assets to the AMA branch and then register an ASIC trading name to the new AMA branch in the name of the old club. This way motorcycle clubs across Australia can reap the benefits of an AMA branch and still retain their existing identity.
So if you want to get more people involved in motorcycling, do it affordably and actually make money so you can build infrastructure to accommodate these people and do it in a way that is more effective than you have ever experienced as a motorcycle club in Australia, then come join us as an AMA branch.
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