The Association was incorporated under the name Gallery Circuit on the 13 February 1990, registered its change of name to The Association of Western Australian Art Galleries Incorporated on 3 October 1997, and to The Association of Western Australian Commercial Art Galleries Incorporated on 5 September 2011
The association was granted Charitable Institution Status by the State Taxation Department on 2 May 1990 and Exempted from Income Tax by the Australian Taxation Office on 8 July 1992.
Under clause 3 of its Memorandum and Articles, The Association is established:
To increase awareness of art galleries and public art venues
To promote fine art by using improved advertising and marketing strategies
To assist art lovers in their pursuit of knowledge about art, craft and gallery activities