In October 2007 Blue Whale Study (which had previously been known as Australocetus Research) was registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) as an Incorporated Association. As a result the organisation is to operate according to its Rules of Incorporation (which are registered with CAV) and to submit annual operating and financial reports to CAV.
In December 2008, Blue Whale Study Inc. gained Approved Research Institute status from the CSIRO. This status then enabled Blue Whale Study to gain Tax Deductible Gift Recipient and Charitable Institute status with the Australian Taxation Office.
The organisation is also registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission and is required to submit an Annual Information Statement to ensure we are operating as a charity organisation.
The Blue Whale Study is managed by a Research Committee (consisting of 5 members) and holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November each year. The finances of the organisation are audited annually and an independent accountant completes the quarterly BAS statements.