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Financial reporting and AGM timing relief

21-082MR ASIC to extend deadlines for 30 June 2021 financial reports and amends ‘no action’ position for AGMs

20-068MR, 20-084MR, 20-113MR and 20-276MR

ASIC Corporations (Exempt Proprietary Companies) Instrument 2015/840

ASIC Corporations (Wholly-owned Companies) Instrument 2016/785

ASIC Corporations (Extended Reporting and Lodgment Deadlines—Unlisted Entities) Instrument 2020/395

ASIC Corporations (Extended Reporting and Lodgment Deadlines—Listed Entities) Instrument 2020/451

ASIC Corporations (COVID-19 Email Lodgement Service—ASIC Corporations (Wholly-owned Companies) Instrument 2016/785) Instrument 2020/612 (PDF 175 KB)

ASIC Corporations (COVID-19 Email Lodgement Service—ASIC Corporations (Wholly-owned Companies) Instrument 2016/785) Instrument 2020/890 (PDF 188 KB)

20-157MR Focuses for financial reporting under COVID-19 conditions

20-325MR ASIC highlights focus areas for 31 December 2020 financial reports under COVID-19 conditions

21-129MR ASIC highlights focus areas for 30 June 2021 financial reports under COVID-19 conditions

21-135MR ASIC review of 31 December 2020 financial reports

Executive remuneration

INFO 245 Board oversight of executive variable pay decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic

Insolvent trading

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Government has introduced temporary changes to insolvency laws effective for six months from 25 March 2020. This includes temporary relief for directors from personal liability for trading while insolvent.

The Australian Government has introduced further insolvency reforms for small businesses, to come into effect on 1 January 2021.

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Home > Regulatory resources > Insolvency > Insolvency for directors > Temporary restructuring relief

Payment, invoices and fee relief

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Home > ASIC > What we do > How we operate > ASIC Industry Funding > Industry funding invoices > Industry funding payment plans

Home > For business > Payments, fees and invoices > COVID-19 relief

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Starting a company

Registering a company

INFO 8 ASIC corporate key

INFO 5 Application for suppression of residential address

INFO 58 Registering a company - proof of identity for personal cheques

INFO 61 Steps to register a company

 

Company type

INFO 18 Changing company type

INFO 49 Minimum officeholders

 

Company names

RG 13 ACN, ARBN and company names

RG 50 Omission of "Limited" from company names

INFO 4 Reinstatement of the registration of a company

INFO 16 Changing a company name

INFO 71 Company name availability

INFO 199 Disputes about similar company names

 

Company numbers

INFO 13 Australian company numbers

 

Registered office and place of business

INFO 7 Changes to your company

 

Replaceable rules and constitution

RG 134 Managed investments: Constitutions

INFO 23 Constitution and replaceable rules

INFO 63 Replaceable rules outlined

 

Officeholders  

See also 

Regulatory index topic: Australian companies: Running a company - Directors' and other officers' obligations

INFO 2 Alternate directors

INFO 5 Application for suppression of residential address

INFO 49 Minimum officeholders

INFO 73 The importance of sole company directors/shareholders of having a will

 

Issuing shares

INFO 15 Cancellation of shares

INFO 56 Reduction in share capital

INFO 70 Shares

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Running a company

Directors' and other officers' obligations

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Home > For business > Running a company >  Company officeholder duties

Home > For business > Closing your company > Deregistration (Winding up companies - Company officers' obligations)

Reglatory index topic: Financial reporting: General financial reporting requirements - Directors' report

RG 9 Takeover bids

RG 22 Directors’ statement as to solvency

RG 24 Disclosure of directors’ interests — unissued shares

RG 64 Failure to lodge documents

RG 76 Related party transactions

RG 193 Notification of directors' interests in securities—listed companies

RG 261 Crowd-sourced funding: Guide for companies

ASIC Corporations (Disclosure of Directors' Interests) Instrument 2016/881

ASIC Corporations (Directors' Report Relief) Instrument 2016/188

INFO 5 Application for suppression of residential address

INFO 7 Changes to your company

INFO 20 Company officeholder duties

INFO 26 Dealing with businesses and companies

INFO 42 Insolvency: A guide for directors

INFO 50 Notifying the ASX about director's interests in company securities

INFO 76 What books and records should my company keep?

INFO 79 Your company and the law

INFO 183 Directors and financial reporting

INFO 231 Guidance on the duties of directors of mutual companies

REP 486 Sell-side research and corporate advisory: Confidential information and conflicts

REP 555 Cyber resilience of firms in Australia’s financial markets

REP 578 ASIC review of proxy adviser engagement practices

REP 593 Climate risk disclosure by Australia’s listed companies

REP 631 Director and officer oversight of non‑financial risk report

REP 651 Cyber resilience of firms in Australia’s financial markets: 2018–19

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Whistleblower policies

INFO 238 Whistleblower rights and protections

INFO 239 How ASIC handles whistleblower reports

RG 270 Whistleblower policies: see 19-308MR and 19-372MR

INFO 238 Whistleblower rights and protections: see 19-164MR

INFO 239 How ASIC handles whistleblower reports: see 19-164MR

INFO 246 Company auditor obligations under the whistleblower protection provisions: see news item

INFO 247 Company officer obligations under the whistleblower protection provisions: see news item

ASIC Corporations (Whistleblower Policies) Instrument 2019/1146

REP 635 Response to submissions on CP 321 Whistleblower policies (see CP 321 and submissions)

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Annual review

INFO 3 Annual statements

INFO 10 ASIC initiated deregistration of a company

 

Change of details

INFO 5 Application for suppression of residential address

INFO 7 Changes to your company

INFO 15 Cancellation of shares

INFO 16 Changing a company name

INFO 17 Changing a financial year

INFO 18 Changing company type

INFO 20 Ccompany officeholder duties

INFO 56 Reduction in share capital

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Disputes

INFO 162 Disputes between officeholders and / or members of small proprietory companies

INFO 186 Disputes about access to company information

INFO 188 Disputes about your rights as a proprietary company shareholder

INFO 189 Using 'Limited', 'No Liability' or 'Proprietary' in a name

INFO 208 When companies break laws that ASIC does not enforce

INFO 215 Companies limited by guarantee - Disputes about members' rights

 

Forms

INFO 57 EDGE

INFO 77 Registered agents

 

Fees

INFO 3 Annual statements

INFO 30 Fees for commonly lodged documents

INFO 37 Late fees

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Meetings

RG 44 Annual general meeting – extension of time

RG 68 New financial reporting and procedural requirements

RG 174 Externally administered companies: Financial reporting and AGMs

CO 99/840 Transitional relief and quorum requirements

INFO 17 Changing a company financial year

INFO 22 Passing a company resolutions

REP 564 Annual general meeting season 2017

REP 578 ASIC review of proxy adviser engagement practices

REP 609 Annual general meeting season 2018

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Members

INFO 47 Members of a company

 

Registers and record keeping  

See also

Regulatory index topic: Financial reporting: General financial reporting requirements - Record keeping obligations

RG 63 Access to debenture and prescribed interest registers

RG 85 Reporting requirements for non-reporting entities

RG 86 Beneficial ownership notices

CO 98/101 Members of companies, registered schemes and disclosing entities who are uncontactable

INFO 76 What books and records should my company keep?

INFO 192 Disputes about company addresses and company mail

INFO 193 Disputes about share registry services

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Reporting to shareholders, including financial reporting  

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Regulatory index topic: Financial reporting

RG 58 Reporting requirements – Registered foreign companies and Australian companies with foreign company shareholders

RG 174 Externally administered companies: Financial reporting and AGMs

RG 247 Effective disclosure in an operating and financial review

ASIC Corporations (Directors' Report Relief) Instrument 2016/188

INFO 31 Financial reports

INFO 131 Companies limited by guarantee – simplified obligations

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Audits

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Regulatory index topic: Financial reporting

Regulatory index topic: Auditors

RG 43 Accounts and audit relief

RG 115 Audit relief for proprietary companies

INFO 62 Removal of an auditor under the Corporations Act 2001

REP 437 Response to submissions on CP 209 Resignation, removal and replacement of auditors: Update to RG 26

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Solvency declarations

RG 22 Directors’ statement as to solvency

 

Continuous disclosure

RG 95 Disclosing entity provisions relief

RG 25 Takeovers: False and misleading statements

RG 62 Better disclosure for investors

RG 73 Continuous disclosure obligations: infringement notices

 

Superannuation

INFO 89 What can I tell my employees about making a choice of superannuation funds

See also

Regulatory index topic: Fundraising

Regulatory index topic: Takeovers and reconstructions

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Winding up a company

RG 174 Externally administered companies: Financial reporting and AGMs

RG 242 ASIC's power to wind up abandoned companies

REP 310 Response to submissions on CP 180 ASIC's power to wind up abandoned companies

REP 434 Response to submissions on CP 223: Relief for externally administered companies and registered schemes being wound up—RG 174 update

ASIC Corporations (Externally-Administered Bodies) Instrument 2015/251

INFO 41 Insolvency: A glossary of terms

INFO 42 Insolvency: A guide for directors

INFO 43 Insolvency: A guide for shareholders

INFO 45 Liquidation - A guide for creditors

INFO 46 Liquidation - A guide for employees

INFO 163 Financial reporting compliance by administrators of insolvent public companies

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Voluntary administration and deeds of company arrangement

RG 82 External administration: deeds of company arrangement involving a creditors’ trust

INFO 74 Voluntary administration: a guide for creditors

INFO 75 Voluntary administration: a guide for employees

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Receiverships and controllerships

RG 14 Receivers—retention of company records

RG 16 External administrators—reporting and lodging

INFO 54 Receivership: a guide for creditors

INFO 55 Receivership: a guide for employees

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Schemes of arrangement  

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Regulatory index topic: Takeovers and reconstructions: schemes of arrangement

RG 60 Schemes of arrangement – s411(17)

RG 142 Schemes of arrangement and ASIC review

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Company officers' obligations  

See also

Regulatory index topic: Australian companies: Running a company - Directors' and other officers' obligations

RG 81 Destruction of books

INFO 53 Providing assistance to external administrators: books, records and ROCAP

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External administrators

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Regulatory index topic: Liquidators

INFO 20 

RG 16 External administrators—reporting and lodging

RG 82 External administration: deeds of company arrangement involving a creditors’ trust

RG 174 Externally administered companies: Financial reporting and AGMs

CP 96 Insurance requirements for registered liquidators

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Deregistration of companies

Company initiated deregistration

RG 64 Failure to lodge documents

INFO 25 Deregistering a company

INFO 78 Winding up a solvent company

ASIC initiated deregistration

RG 64 Failure to lodge documents

INFO 10 ASIC initiated deregistration of a company 

Reinstatement

RG 83 Reinstatements

INFO 4 Reinstatement of the registration of a company

Deregistered companies

RG 83 Reinstatements

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Other Australian registrable bodies

See also 

Regulatory index topic: Other entities: Registrable Australian body

Disqualification from managing a corporation

See also

Regulatory index topic: Dealing with ASIC: Hearings, investigations and enforcement - Banning and disqualification

INFO 14 Bankruptcy and personal insolvency agreements

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Last updated: 30/07/2021 04:27