OBJECTS, PURPOSES AND POWERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN CAT FEDERATION INC.

The reasons for establishing the ACF (Inc.) are outlined in detail in the ACF Constitution and the relevant extracts appear below. The wording in the Constitution is, necessarily, legalistic as the ACF (Inc.) is an incorporated association. If you have any questions about the meaning of any of these functions, please do not hesitate to contact the Hon. Secretary of ACF by email.

  1. the purchase, taking on lease or in exchange, and the hiring or otherwise acquiring of any real or personal property that may be deemed necessary or convenient for any of the objects or purposes of the Federation;
  2. the buying, selling and supplying of, and dealing in, goods of all kinds;
  3. the construction, maintenance, and alteration of buildings or works necessary or convenient for any of the objects or purposes of the Federation;
  4. the accepting of any gift, whether subject to a special trust or not, for any more of the objects or purposes of the Federation;
  5. the taking of such steps from time to time as the committee or the members in general meeting may deem expedient for the purpose of procuring contributions to the funds of the Federation, whether by way of donations, subscriptions, or otherwise;
  6. the printing and publishing of such newspapers, periodicals, books, leaflets, or other documents as the committee or the members in general meeting may think desirable for the promotion of the objects and purposes of the Federation;
  7. the borrowing and raising of money in such manner and on such terms as the committee may think fit or as may be approved or directed by resolution passed at a general meeting;
  8. The investment of any moneys of the Federation not immediately required for any of its objects or purposes in such manner as the committee may from time to time determine;
  9. the making of gifts, subscriptions, or donations to any of the funds, authorities, or institutions to which paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section 78 of the Income Tax and Social Services Contribution Assessment Act 1936-1964 of the Commonwealth relates;
  10. the establishment and support, or aiding in the establishment and support, of associations, institutions, funds, trusts, schemes, and conveniences calculated to benefit servants or past servants of the Federation and their dependants, and the granting of pensions, allowances, or other benefits to servants, or past servants of the Federation and their dependants, and the making of payments towards insurance in relation to any of those purposes;
  11. the establishment and support, or aiding in the establishment or support, of any other association formed for any of the basic objects of the Federation;
  12. the purchase or acquisition, and undertaking, of all or any part of the property, assets, liabilities, and engagements of any association with which the Federation may at any time become amalgamated in accordance with the rules of the Federation; and
  13. the doing of all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the basic objects of the Federation or of any of the objects and purposes specified in the foregoing provisions of this sub-rule.
  1. To recommend to members the adoption of common standards and practices for all aspects of the breeding and showing of cats, while in no way abrogating the autonomy of members to conduct their own affairs as they shall determine.
  2. To recommend to members the adoption of common policies on any matter connected with or incidental to the showing of cats and the conduct of championship cat shows, including the definition of classes for shows, the award of Challenge Certificates, Merit Certificates and other awards or titles.
  3. To recommend to members the adoption of common policies on the accreditation of cat show Judges and the establishment of a national panel and register of Judges.
  4. To promote co-operation between ACF (Inc.) member bodies so as to protect the rights and interests of all ACF (Inc.) members, and to promote co-operation with other recognized bodies within Australia, in all matters affecting a common standard for the registration of cats within their state or territory of birth
  5. To encourage co-operative action by members in all matters of common interest affecting any aspect of promotion, breeding and showing of cats.
  6. To promote the breeding and showing of all breeds of cats recognized by ACF (Inc.).
  7. To maintain standards of all breeds of cats recognized by ACF (Inc.).
  8. To maintain a register of cattery prefixes.
  9. To issue export certificates for cats registered in registries maintained by member bodies.
  10. The ACF (Inc.) Judges Guild is recognised as a recommendatory body by the ACF (Inc.).
  11. To receive from affiliates, matters of business and notice of motion.
  12. In cases where no ACF member body exists in a State or Territory allow an ACF member body in an adjoining State or Territory to:
    • facilitate membership, registration and other services associated with the breeding of pedigree cats owned by individuals
    • facilitate matters connected with or incidental to the showing of cats and the conduct of championship cat shows
    • facilitate matters associated with the granting of status (titles); and
    • recognise existing ACF judges; living in the State or Territory where no ACF member exists.