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Act No. 19 of 2015 as made
An Act to amend the law relating to corporations, and for related purposes
Administered by: Treasury
Originating Bill: Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2014
Registered 27 Mar 2015
Date of Assent 19 Mar 2015
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Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2015

 

No. 19, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to corporations, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Corporations Act 2001                               3

Schedule 2—Amendment of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001               6

Part 1—Amendments                                                                                                    6

Part 2—Application provisions                                                                              10


 

 

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2015

No. 19, 2015

 

 

 

An Act to amend the law relating to corporations, and for related purposes

[Assented to 19 March 2015]

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2015.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Amendment of the Corporations Act 2001

  

1  Subsection 249D(1)

Omit all the words after “the request”, substitute “of members with at least 5% of the votes that may be cast at the general meeting”.

2  Subsection 249D(1A)

Repeal the subsection.

3  Subparagraph 300A(1)(e)(iv)

Repeal the subparagraph, substitute:

                            (iv)  if options granted to the person as part of their remuneration lapse during the financial year—the number of those options, and the financial year in which those options were granted; and

4  Subparagraph 300A(1)(e)(vi)

Repeal the subparagraph.

5  Subsection 300A(2)

Omit “disclosing entity”, substitute “listed disclosing entity”.

6  At the end of subsection 323D(2A)

Add:

Note:          For the purposes of paragraph (b), financial years that, in reliance on subsection (2) or (4), were less than 12 months are disregarded.

7  After subsection 327A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a company if:

                     (a)  the directors reasonably believe that subsection 301(3) will apply to the company’s financial reports; or

                     (b)  the company is a small company limited by guarantee.

8  After subsection 327B(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a company if:

                     (a)  subsection 301(3) applies to the company’s financial reports; or

                     (b)  the company is a small company limited by guarantee.

9  At the end of subsection 327C(1)

Add:

Note:          Certain public companies are not required to appoint an auditor: see subsections 327A(1A) and 327B(1A).

10  At the end of Chapter 10

Add:

Part 10.24Transitional provisions relating to the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2014

  

1547  Definitions

                   In this Part:

amending Act means the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2014.

1548  Application of amendments relating to calling of general meetings

                   The amendments of section 249D made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act do not apply in relation to a request made under that section before the commencement of that Schedule.

1549  Application of amendments relating to directors’ reports for listed companies

                   The amendments of section 300A made by Schedule 1 to the amending Act apply in relation to directors’ reports for financial years ending on or after the commencement of that Schedule.

Schedule 2Amendment of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001

Part 1Amendments

1  After subsection 184(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  The President may give a direction under subsection (2) whether the President is within or outside Australia.

2  At the end of section 188

Add:

             (3)  A member may participate in Panel proceedings regardless of whether the member is within or outside Australia.

3  Subsection 235A(2)

Repeal the subsection.

4  After section 235A

Insert:

235AA  Terms and conditions of appointment of FRC members

Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  A member of the FRC is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid such remuneration as the Minister determines in writing.

             (2)  A member of the FRC is to be paid such allowances as the Minister determines in writing.

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) have effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

Leave—full‑time members

             (4)  A full‑time member of the FRC has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (5)  The Minister may grant a full‑time member of the FRC leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines.

Other terms and conditions

             (6)  A member of the FRC holds office on the terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act as the Minister determines in writing.

5  Subsection 236B(6)

Repeal the subsection.

6  After section 236B

Insert:

236BA  Terms and conditions of appointment of members of the AASB

Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  A member of the AASB is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid such remuneration as the Minister determines in writing.

             (2)  A member of the AASB is to be paid such allowances as the Minister determines in writing.

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) have effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

Leave—full‑time members

             (4)  A full‑time member of the AASB has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (5)  The Minister may grant a full‑time member of the AASB leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines.

Other terms and conditions

             (6)  A member of the AASB holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act as the Minister determines in writing.

7  Subsections 236F(8) and (9)

Repeal the subsections.

8  After section 236F

Insert:

236FA  Terms and conditions of appointment of members of the AUASB

Remuneration and allowances

             (1)  A member of the AUASB is to be paid the remuneration that is determined by the Remuneration Tribunal. If no determination of that remuneration by the Tribunal is in operation, the member is to be paid such remuneration as the Minister determines in writing.

             (2)  A member of the AUASB is to be paid such allowances as the Minister determines in writing.

             (3)  Subsections (1) and (2) have effect subject to the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

Leave—full‑time members

             (4)  A full‑time member of the AUASB has the recreation leave entitlements that are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.

             (5)  The Minister may grant a full‑time member of the AUASB leave of absence, other than recreation leave, on such terms and conditions as to remuneration or otherwise as the Minister determines.

Other terms and conditions

             (6)  A member of the AUASB holds office on such terms and conditions (if any) in relation to matters not covered by this Act as the Minister determines in writing.

Part 2Application provisions

9  At the end of the Act

Add:

Part 21Transitional provisions relating to the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2015

  

297  Definitions

                   In this Part:

amending Act means the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Act 2015.

commencement means the commencement of Schedule 2 to the amending Act.

298  FRC members

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  immediately before commencement, a person is a member of the FRC; or

                     (b)  a person is appointed as a member of the FRC during the transition period;

this Act applies to the member, during the transition period, as if the amendments made by Schedule 2 to the amending Act had not been made.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, transition period means the period:

                     (a)  beginning on commencement; and

                     (b)  ending when the Remuneration Tribunal makes a determination under subsection 235AA(1) as inserted by the amending Act.

299  AASB members

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  immediately before commencement, a person is a member of the AASB; or

                     (b)  a person is appointed as a member of the AASB during the transition period;

this Act applies to the member, during the transition period, as if the amendments made by Schedule 2 to the amending Act had not been made.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, transition period means the period:

                     (a)  beginning on commencement; and

                     (b)  ending when the Remuneration Tribunal makes a determination under subsection 236BA(1) as inserted by the amending Act.

300  AUASB members

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  immediately before commencement, a person is a member of the AUASB; or

                     (b)  a person is appointed as a member of the AUASB during the transition period;

this Act applies to the member, during the transition period, as if the amendments made by Schedule 2 to the amending Act had not been made.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, transition period means the period:

                     (a)  beginning on commencement; and

                     (b)  ending when the Remuneration Tribunal makes a determination under subsection 236FA(1) as inserted by the amending Act.


[Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 22 October 2014

Senate on 1 December 2014]

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