Christmas closedown

ASIC offices will be closed from Tuesday 24 December 2019 (5:00pm local time) to Wednesday 1 January (inclusive), re-opening on Thursday 2 January 2020.
During the break, you’ll still be able to submit documents online and use our online services. You can use ASIC Connect to search our registers and purchase any documents you need. 

Here's how this may affect you:

Lodging documents | Annual statements | Getting copies of forms, fees and publications | Searching | Enquiry services | Media enquiries | Complaints | Gazette

Lodging documents

Companies

You can still lodge forms online and by mail throughout the closedown period. If you're lodging documents via EDGE your Digital Service Provider (DSP) may be able to provide assistance.

If your company registration queues for manual intervention you will receive a response from Thursday, 2 January 2020.

We will recognise the receipt of paper lodgments received during the closedown period. A late fee will apply if the document lodged was due before the closedown period.

Example 1

If a change is due by close of business 24 December, and we don't receive it until 2 January, a late fee will apply.

Example 2

If a change is due by close of business 28 December, and we don't receive it until 2 January, a late fee will not apply.

Business names

If you have an existing ABN, you can continue to apply to register a business name via ASIC Connect. ASIC telephone and web support will be unavailable during the closedown period.

If your business name queues for manual intervention you will receive a response from Thursday, 2 January 2020.

Maintenance transactions

You can still lodge forms online and by mail throughout the closedown period.

We will recognise the receipt of paper lodgments received during the closedown period. A late fee will apply if the document lodged was due before the closedown period.

Example 1

If a change is due by close of business 24 December 2019, and we don't receive it until 2 January 2020, a late fee will apply.

Example 2

If a change is due by close of business 31 December 2019, and we don't receive it until 2 January 2020, a late fee will not apply.

Managed investment schemes, product disclosure statements and offering securities

ASIC Corporations (ASIC Close Down Period) Instrument 2018/1034 may extend (without any further notice from us):

  • the time period in which we must register managed investment schemes from 14 to 21 days; and
  • the exposure periods that apply to disclosure documents offering securities and Product Disclosure Statements from 7 to 14 days.

You should check that instrument and consider its effect in your circumstances, if you lodge:

  • an application for registration of a managed investment scheme, from 5 pm on 10 December 2019 until 9 am on 2 January 2020; or
  • a Product Disclosure Statement or a disclosure document offering securities, from 5 pm on 17 December 2019 until 9 am on 2 January 2020.

Annual statements

Annual statements will continue to be sent out for companies and schemes with an annual review date during the closedown period.

Annual review fees can continue to be paid via BPAY or at Australia Post.

Getting copies of forms, fees and publications

Please refer to our website for:

Copies of our forms | information on fees | other ASIC publications.

Searching

Our online searching services remain open throughout the closedown period.

If you wish to use an information broker you will need to check the availability of their services.

Enquiry services

Telephone and online enquiry services will be unavailable from 5:00 pm (local time) in each state and territory on Tuesday, 24 December 2019, re-opening at 8:30am on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

Media enquiries

The ASIC Media Unit will be closed from 5.00pm AEDT Tuesday 24 December 2019 re-opening at 8:30am AEDT on Thursday, 2 January 2020.

For urgent media enquiries during this period, please email media.unit@asic.gov.au. A member of ASIC's Media Unit will respond as soon as possible.

Complaints about companies or individuals

If you have a complaint or concern about a company or an individual, you can lodge your complaint online.

Complaints about ASIC

If you have a complaint about us, you can submit your complaint online. If you submit a complaint during the close down period we will contact you after 6 January 2020. 

Gazette

ASIC Gazette

The last issue for 2019 will be published on Tuesday, 24 December.

The first issue of the ASIC Gazette for 2020 will be published on Tuesday, 7 January.

Business Gazette

The last issue of the Business Gazette for 2019 will be published on Tuesday, 17 December. Notices should be received by 10:00am AEDT Thursday, 12 December 2019.

The first issue of the Business Gazette for 2020 will be published on Tuesday 7 January. Notices should be received by 10:00am AEDT Thursday 2 January 2020.

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Last updated: 23/12/2019 12:13