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CORPORATIONS (ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER) ACT 2006


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title
           Preamble

            

CHAPTER 1--Introduction
            

   PART 1-1--PRELIMINARY

           Division 1--Preliminary

   1.1.    Short title  
   1.5.    Commencement  
   1.10.   Act binds Crown  
   1.15.   Geographical application of Act  
   1.20.   Act applies regardless of residence, place of formation etc.  
   1.25.   Objects of this Act  
   1.30.   Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations  
   1.35.   Interpretative provisions  

   PART 1-2--OVERVIEW OF ACT

           Division 6--Overview of Act

   6.1.    Overview of Act  
   6.5.    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
   6.10.   Basic features of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation  
   6.15.   Members and observers  
   6.20.   Meetings  
   6.25.   Officers  
   6.30.   Record keeping, reporting requirements and books  
   6.35.   Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions  
   6.40.   Lodgments and registers  
   6.45.   Regulation and enforcement  
   6.50.   External administration  
   6.55.   Transfer of registration, deregistration and unclaimed property  
   6.60.   Offences  
   6.65.   Courts and proceedings  
   6.70.   Administration  
   6.75.   Registrar and Deputy Registrars of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations  
   6.80.   Interpreting this Act  
            

CHAPTER 2--Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations
            

   PART 2-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 16--Introduction

   16.1.   What this Chapter is about  
   16.5.   Meaning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation  

   PART 2-2--APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF AN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION

           Division 21--Application for new registration of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   21.1.   Application for registration  
   21.5.   Matters to accompany application  
   21.10.  Registrar may seek further information  

           Division 22--Application to register existing body corporate under Part 2-3

   22.1.   Application for registration  
   22.5.   Matters to accompany application  
   22.10.  Registrar may seek further information  

           Division 23--Application to register amalgamated corporation under Part 2-3

   23.1.   Application for registration  
   23.5.   Matters to accompany application  
   23.10.  Registrar may seek further information  

   PART 2-3--DECISIONS ON APPLICATIONS

           Division 26--Registrar to decide application

   26.1.   Registrar to decide application  
   26.5.   Registrar may grant application if application is incomplete etc.  
   26.10.  Registrar may grant application if some basic requirements are not met  
   26.15.  Registrar not to register trade unions etc.  

           Division 29--What are the basic requirements for registration

   29.1.   Minimum number of members requirement  
   29.5.   Indigeneity requirement  
   29.10.  Age of members requirement  
   29.15.  Pre-incorporation requirement  
   29.17.  Pre-transfer of registration requirement  
   29.18.  Creditor notice requirement  
   29.19.  Pre-amalgamation requirements  
   29.20.  Internal governance rules requirement  
   29.25.  Name requirement  

           Division 32--Decisions on applications

   32.1.   Successful applications  
   32.5.   Unsuccessful applications  

   PART 2-4--REGISTRATION OF AN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION AS A SMALL, MEDIUM OR LARGE CORPORATION

           Division 37--Registration of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation as a small, medium or large corporation

   37.1.   Registrar to register Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation as a small, medium or large corporation  
   37.5.   Registrar may alter registered size of corporation after registration  
   37.10.  Small, medium and large corporations  
   37.15.  When an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation controls an entity  
   37.20.  Counting employees  
   37.25.  Accounting standards  

   PART 2-5--EFFECTS OF REGISTRATION

           Division 42--Effects of registration

   42.1.   Corporation comes into existence on registration  
   42.3.   Effect of registration of existing body corporate under Part 2-3  
   42.4.   Effect of registration of amalgamated corporation under Part 2-3  
   42.5.   Corporation's name  
   42.10.  Members, directors, corporation secretary and contact person of corporation  
   42.15.  Registered office  
   42.20.  Document access address  
   42.25.  Corporation may have common seal  
   42.30.  Vesting of property in corporation on registration  
   42.35.  Body corporate registered as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation (liability of members on winding up)  
   42.40.  Body corporate registered as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation (modification by regulations)  
   42.45.  Registration of amalgamated corporation (liability of members on winding up)  
   42.50.  Registration of amalgamated corporation (modification by regulations)  

   PART 2-6--ARRANGEMENTS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS

           Division 45--Application of Corporations Act arrangements and reconstructions provisions

   45.1.   Applying Corporations Act arrangements and reconstructions provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
            

CHAPTER 3--Basic features of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation
            

   PART 3-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 52--Introduction

   52.1.   What this Chapter is about  

   PART 3-2--RULES DEALING WITH THE INTERNAL GOVERNANCE OF CORPORATIONS

           Division 57--Introduction

   57.1.   What this Part is about  
   57.5.   List of internal governance rules  

           Division 60--What are the replaceable rules and when do they apply to a corporation

   60.1.   Replaceable rules  
   60.5.   Corporation's constitution can modify or replace replaceable rules  
   60.10.  Effect of constitution and replaceable rules  
   60.15.  Failure to comply with replaceable rules  
   60.20.   Modification by regulations  

           Division 63--What are the internal governance rules of a corporation

   63.1.   Meaning of internal governance rules  

           Division 66--What are the internal governance rules requirements

   66.1.   Requirements  
   66.5.   Meaning of cover the matters provided for in the replaceable rules  

           Division 69--Constitutions and amendment and replacement of constitutions

              Subdivision 69-A--Constitution on registration

   69.1.   Constitution of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation  

              Subdivision 69-B--Constitutional changes after registration

   69.5.   Overview--ways a constitution may be changed  
   69.10.  Meaning of constitutional change etc.  
   69.15.  Extra requirements for constitutional change in constitution  
   69.20.  Corporation to lodge copy of constitutional changes  
   69.25.  Special administrator to lodge copy of constitutional changes  
   69.30.  Registrar to determine if constitutional change should be registered  
   69.35.  Registrar may change an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation's constitution on own initiative  
   69.40.  Date of effect of constitutional change  

           Division 72--Other matters concerning constitutions etc

   72.1.   Registrar may direct corporation to lodge constitution  
   72.5.   Corporation must provide governance material to members  
   72.10.  Constitution may limit powers  

   PART 3-3--MINIMUM NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATIONS

           Division 77--Minimum number of members of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

   77.1.   What this Part is about  
   77.5.   Minimum number of members requirement  
   77.10.  Registrar may exempt if appropriate and reasonable to do so  
   77.15.  Registrar may determine a different number to number requested  
   77.20.  Earlier determination taken to be revoked  
   77.25.  Notice to be given  

   PART 3-4--NAMES

           Division 82--Introduction

   82.1.   What this Part is about  

           Division 85--What names may a corporation have

   85.1.   Corporation's name requirements  
   85.5.   Available names  
   85.10.  Acceptable abbreviations  
   85.15.  Using a name and ICN on documents  
   85.20.  Exception to requirement to have ICN on receipts  
   85.25.  Regulations may exempt from requirement to set out information on documents  

           Division 88--How is a corporation's name changed

   88.1.   Corporation changing its name  
   88.5.   Registrar's power to direct corporation to change its name  
   88.10.  If Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation becomes a registered native title body corporate  
   88.15.  If Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation ceases to be a registered native title body corporate  
   88.20.  Registrar must issue new certificate if name changes  
   88.25.  Effect of name change  

   PART 3-5--CORPORATION POWERS AND HOW THEY ARE EXERCISED

           Division 93--Introduction

   93.1.   What this Part is about  

           Division 96--What are a corporation's powers

   96.1.   Legal capacity and powers  

           Division 99--How are a corporation's powers exercised

   99.1.   Agent exercising a corporation's power to make contracts etc.  
   99.5.   Execution of documents (including deeds) by the corporation itself  

   PART 3-6--ASSUMPTIONS PEOPLE DEALING WITH ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATIONS ARE ENTITLED TO MAKE

           Division 104--Assumptions people dealing with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations are entitled to make

   104.1.  Entitlement to make assumptions  
   104.5.  Assumptions that can be made under section 104-1  
   104.10. Information available to the public from Registrar does not constitute constructive notice  

   PART 3-7--REGISTERED OFFICE OR DOCUMENT ACCESS ADDRESS

           Division 109--Introduction

   109.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 112--Registered office

   112.1.  General  
   112.5.  Corporation to have registered office  
   112.10. Registrar may change address of registered office to a director's address  
   112.15. Corporation's name must be displayed  
   112.20. Address of registered office etc.  

           Division 115--Document access address

   115.1.  Division applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations registered as small or medium corporations  
   115.5.  Corporation to have document access address  
   115.10. Registrar may change document access address to a director's address  
   115.15. Registrar may direct corporation to change the location of its document access address  
   115.20. Address of document access address  

   PART 3-8--SERVICE ON ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATIONS

           Division 120--Service on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

   120.1.  Service on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation  
            

CHAPTER 4--Members and observers
            

   PART 4-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 130--Introduction

   130.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 4-2----MEMBERS

           Division 135--Introduction

   135.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 138--Who is a member of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   138.1.  Meaning of member  

           Division 141--Membership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

              Subdivision 141-A--Introduction

   141.1.  Overview  

              Subdivision 141-B--Ongoing requirements relating to membership that are imposed on an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   141.5.  Minimum number of members requirement  
   141.10. Indigeneity requirement  
   141.15. Age of members requirement  

              Subdivision 141-C--A person's eligibility for membership of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   141.20. Eligibility for membership  
   141.25. Corporation may have other eligibility requirements for membership  

           Division 144--How to become a member of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   144.1.  How does a person become a member?  
   144.5.  Application to corporation  
   144.10. Determination of applications for membership  
   144.15. Fees for membership and being an observer  

           Division 147--Obligations of members

   147.1.  Obligation to contribute on winding up  
   147.5.  Corporation may impose other member obligations  
   147.10. Liability of corporation members  

           Division 150--How does a person cease to be a member of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

              Subdivision 150-A--General

   150.1.  Cessation of membership  

              Subdivision 150-B--Resignation of membership

   150.10. Resignation  

              Subdivision 150-C--Cancellation of membership

   150.15. General  
   150.20. Member not eligible for membership etc. (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   150.25. Member not contactable  
   150.30. Member is not an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person  
   150.35. Member misbehaves  

           Division 153--Can there be different classes of members

   153.1.  Different classes of members  

   PART 4-3--OBSERVERS

           Division 158--Observers

   158.1.  What this Part is about  
   158.5.  Observers  

   PART 4-4--PROTECTION OF MEMBERS' INTERESTS

           Division 163--Rights and remedies to protect interests of members

   163.1.  Rights and remedies  

           Division 166--Oppressive conduct of affairs

   166.1.  Grounds for Court order  
   166.5.  Orders the Court can make  
   166.10. Who can apply for an order?  
   166.15. Requirement for person to lodge order  

           Division 169--When may a person bring or intervene in proceedings on behalf of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   169.1.  Bringing, or intervening in, proceedings on behalf of a corporation  
   169.5.  Applying for and granting leave  
   169.10. Substitution of another person for the person granted leave  
   169.15. Effect of ratification by members  
   169.20. Leave to discontinue, compromise or settle proceedings brought, or intervened in, with leave  
   169.25. General powers of the Court  
   169.30. Power of the Court to make costs orders  

           Division 172--What protections apply to variations or cancellations of class rights

   172.1.  Varying and cancelling class rights  
   172.5.  Certain actions taken to vary rights etc  
   172.10. Variation, cancellation or modification without unanimous support of class  
   172.15. Variation, cancellation or modification with unanimous support of class  

           Division 175--When may a member inspect a corporation's books

   175.1.  Order for inspection of books of corporation  
   175.5.  Ancillary orders  
   175.10. Disclosure of information acquired in inspection  
   175.15. Corporation or directors may allow member to inspect books (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  

   PART 4-5--REGISTERS OF MEMBERS AND FORMER MEMBERS

           Division 180--Registers of members and former members

   180.1.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations to maintain register of members  
   180.5.  Information on the register of members  
   180.10. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations to maintain register of former members  
   180.15. Information on the register of former members  
   180.20. Location and inspection of registers  
   180.22. Register of members and register of former members may be maintained in one document  
   180.25. Right to inspect and get copies  
   180.30. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation to make register of members available at AGM  
   180.35. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation to give Registrar copy of register of members or register of former members  
   180.40. Correction of register of members or register of former members  
   180.45. Evidentiary value of registers  

           Division 183--Use of information on the register of members or register of former members

   183.1.  Use of information on register of members or register of former members  

   PART 4-6--EXEMPTION FROM OPERATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER

           Division 187--Exemption from operation of certain provisions of this Chapter

   187.1.  What this Part is about  
   187.5.  Exemption from certain provisions of this Chapter  
   187.10. Registrar may make determination even if application is incomplete  
   187.15. Registrar's power to make determinations  
   187.20. Criteria for determinations  
            

CHAPTER 5--Meetings
            

   PART 5-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 193--Introduction

   193.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 5-2--GENERAL MEETINGS

           Division 198--Introduction

   198.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 201--What are the rules concerning general meetings

              Subdivision 201-A--Who may call general meetings

   201.1.  Director may call meetings (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.5.  Request by members for directors to call general meetings  
   201.10. When must directors comply with members' request?  
   201.15. When must a requested meeting be held?  

              Subdivision 201-B--How to call general meetings

   201.20. Amount of notice of general meetings  
   201.25. Notice of general meeting to members, officers and observers  
   201.30. Auditor entitled to notice and other communications  
   201.35. Contents of notice of general meeting  

              Subdivision 201-C--Members' rights to put resolutions etc

   201.40. Members' resolutions  
   201.45. Notice of members' resolutions  
   201.50. Members' statements to be distributed  

              Subdivision 201-D--Holding general meetings

   201.55. Purpose  
   201.60. Time and place for general meeting  
   201.65. Technology  
   201.70. Quorum  
   201.75. Chairing general meeting (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.80. Auditor's right to be heard at general meetings  
   201.85. Adjourned meetings  

              Subdivision 201-E--Proxies

   201.90. Who may appoint a proxy (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.95. Rights of proxies  
   201.100.Appointing a proxy  
   201.105.Proxy documents  
   201.110.Body corporate representative  

              Subdivision 201-F--Voting at general meetings

   201.115.How many votes a member has (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.120.Objections to right to vote (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.125.How voting is carried out (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   201.130.Matters on which a poll may be demanded  
   201.135.When a poll is effectively demanded  
   201.140.When and how polls must be taken (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  

              Subdivision 201-G--First general meeting and annual general meetings

   201.145.Corporation must hold first general meeting within 3 months of registration  
   201.150.Corporation must hold AGM  
   201.155.Extension of time for holding AGM  
   201.160.Business of AGM  
   201.165.Questions and comments by members on corporation management at AGM  
   201.170.Questions by members of auditors at AGM  

           Division 204--Resolutions without a general meeting

   204.1.  Circulating resolutions  
   204.5.  Resolutions of 1 member corporations  

   PART 5-3--DIRECTORS' MEETINGS

           Division 209--Introduction

   209.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 212--What are the rules concerning directors' meetings

   212.1.  Constitution to provide for meetings  
   212.5.  Calling directors' meetings (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   212.10. Use of technology  
   212.15. Chairing directors' meetings (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   212.20. Quorum at directors' meetings  
   212.25. Passing of directors' resolutions (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  

           Division 215--Resolutions and declarations without meetings

   215.1.  Circulating resolutions of corporation with more than 1 director (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   215.5.  Resolutions and declarations of 1 director corporation  

   PART 5-4--MINUTES OF MEETINGS

           Division 220--Minutes of meetings

   220.1.  What this Part is about  
   220.5.  Minutes  
   220.10. Members' access to minutes  

   PART 5-5--EXEMPTION FROM OPERATION OF THIS CHAPTER

           Division 225--Exemption from operation of this Chapter

   225.1.  What this Part is about  
   225.5.  Exemption from the provisions of this Chapter  
   225.10. Registrar may make determination even if application is incomplete  
   225.15. Registrar's power to make determinations  
   225.20. Criteria for determinations  
            

CHAPTER 6--Officers
            

   PART 6-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 235--Introduction

   235.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 6-2--APPOINTMENT, REMUNERATION AND CESSATION OF APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTORS

           Division 240--Introduction

   240.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 243--Number of directors

   243.1.  Minimum number of directors  
   243.5.  Maximum number of directors  

           Division 246--Appointment of directors

   246.1.  Eligibility for appointment as a director  
   246.5.  Majority of director requirements  
   246.10. Consent to act as director  
   246.15. Corporation may appoint a director (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   246.20. Directors may appoint other directors to make up a quorum (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   246.25. Term of appointment  
   246.30. Alternate directors (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   246.35. Effectiveness of acts by directors  

           Division 249--Resignation, retirement or removal of directors

   249.1.  How does a person cease to be a director?  
   249.5.  Director may resign  
   249.10. Removal by members  
   249.15. Removal by other directors  

           Division 252--Remuneration of directors

   252.1.  Remuneration  
   252.5.  Members may obtain information about directors' remuneration  

   PART 6-3--APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARIES AND CONTACT PERSONS

           Division 257--Appointment of secretaries and contact persons

   257.1.  What this Part is about  
   257.5.  Requirement to have a secretary or contact person  
   257.10. Who may be a secretary or contact person  
   257.15. Consent to act as secretary or contact person  
   257.20. How a secretary or contact person is appointed  
   257.25. Director to be contact person in certain circumstances  
   257.30. Contact person must pass on communications received  
   257.35. Secretary must pass on communications received  
   257.40. Effectiveness of acts by secretaries  
   257.45. Terms and conditions of office for secretaries (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   257.50. Terms and conditions of contact person's appointment (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  

   PART 6-4--DUTIES AND POWERS OF DIRECTORS AND OTHER OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES

           Division 262--Introduction

   262.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 265--General duties

   265.1.  Care and diligence--civil obligation only  
   265.5.  Good faith--civil obligations  
   265.10. Use of position--civil obligations  
   265.15. Use of information--civil obligations  
   265.20. Acts done to comply with Native Title legislation obligations  
   265.25. Good faith, use of position and use of information--criminal offences  
   265.30. Interaction of sections 265-1 to 265-25 with other laws etc.  
   265.35. Directors of wholly-owned subsidiaries  
   265.40. Responsibility of secretaries for certain contraventions  
   265.45. Meaning of reasonable reliance on information or advice provided by others  
   265.50. Responsibility for actions of delegate  

           Division 268--Duties in relation to disclosure of, and voting on matters involving, material personal interests

   268.1.  Material personal interest--director's duty to disclose  
   268.5.  Interest as common law holder of native title  
   268.10. Director may give other directors standing notice about an interest  
   268.15. Interaction of sections 268-1 and 268-10 with other laws etc.  
   268.20. Restrictions on voting  
   268.25. Registrar's power to make declarations and class orders  

           Division 271--Duty to discharge certain trust liabilities

   271.1.  Directors liable for debts and other obligations incurred by corporation as trustee  

           Division 274--Powers of directors

   274.1.  Powers of directors (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   274.5.  Negotiable instruments (replaceable rule--see section 60-1)  
   274.10. Delegation  
   274.15. Right of access to corporation books  

   PART 6-5--DISQUALIFICATION FROM MANAGING CORPORATIONS

           Division 279--Disqualification from managing corporations

   279.1.  Disqualified person not to manage corporations  
   279.5.  Automatic disqualification  
   279.10. Extension of period of automatic disqualification  
   279.15. Court power of disqualification--contravention of civil penalty provision  
   279.20. Court power of disqualification--insolvency and non-payment of debts  
   279.25. Court power of disqualification--repeated contraventions of Act  
   279.30. Registrar's power of disqualification  
   279.35. Court power to grant leave  

   PART 6-6--MEMBER APPROVAL NEEDED FOR RELATED PARTY BENEFIT

           Division 284--Need for member approval

   284.1.  Need for member approval for financial benefit  
   284.5.  Consequences of breach  
   284.10. Exemptions  

           Division 287--Exceptions to the requirement for member approval

   287.1.  Remuneration and reimbursement for officer or employee  
   287.5.  Benefit to or by closely-held subsidiary  
   287.10. Benefits to members that do not discriminate unfairly  
   287.12. Benefits given to comply with Native Title legislation obligations  
   287.15. Court order  

           Division 290--Procedure for obtaining member approval

   290.1.  Resolution may specify matters by class or kind  
   290.5.  Corporation must lodge material that will be put to members with the Registrar  
   290.10. Requirements for explanatory statement to members  
   290.15. Registrar may comment on proposed resolution  
   290.20. Requirements for notice of meeting  
   290.25. Other material put to members  
   290.30. Proposed resolution cannot be varied  
   290.35. Voting by or on behalf of related party interested in proposed resolution  
   290.40. Voting on the resolution  
   290.45. Notice of resolution to be lodged  
   290.50. Declaration by court of substantial compliance  

           Division 293--Related parties and financial benefits

   293.1.  Related parties  
   293.5.  Giving a financial benefit  

           Division 296--Interaction with other rules

   296.1.  General duties still apply  

   PART 6-7--PUBLIC INFORMATION ABOUT DIRECTORS, SECRETARIES AND CONTACT PERSONS

           Division 301--Introduction

   301.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 304--Information to be provided

   304.1.  Director, alternate director, secretary or contact person may notify the Registrar of resignation or retirement  
   304.5.  Notice of name and address of directors and secretaries to the Registrar  
   304.10. Director, alternate director, secretary and contact person must give information to corporation  
   304.15. Address for officers  

           Division 307--Registrar may ask for information

   307.1.  Registrar's power to ask for information about person's position as director, secretary or contact person  

   PART 6-8--EXEMPTION FROM OPERATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER

   310.1.  What this Part is about  
   310.5.  Exemption from certain provisions of this Chapter  
   310.10. Registrar may make determination even if application is incomplete  
   310.15. Registrar's power to make determinations  
   310.20. Criteria for determinations  
            

CHAPTER 7--Record keeping, reporting requirements and books
            

   PART 7-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 317--Introduction

   317.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 7-2--RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS

           Division 322--Record keeping requirements

   322.1.  What this Part is about  
   322.5.  Obligation to keep copy of constitution and records about officers, contact person, etc.  
   322.10. Obligation to keep financial records  
   322.15. Physical format  
   322.20. Place where records are kept  
   322.25. Director access  

   PART 7-3--REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

           Division 327--Overview of reporting obligations

   327.1.  Reports that an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation must prepare and lodge  

           Division 330--General report for each financial year

   330.1.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation must prepare a general report each financial year  
   330.5.  Contents of general report  
   330.10. General report to be lodged with Registrar  

           Division 333--Financial and other reports required by the regulations

   333.1.  What this Division is about  
   333.5.  Regulations may require financial reports, directors' reports and other reports to be prepared  
   333.10. Contents of reports  
   333.15. Other requirements in relation to report  
   333.20. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation to obtain audit report if audit required  

           Division 336--Registrar may increase reporting requirements

   336.1.  Registrar may require additional report, or otherwise increase reporting requirements, for particular corporation  
   336.5.  Registrar may require additional reports, or otherwise increase reporting requirements, for class of corporation  

           Division 339--Audit of financial reports

              Subdivision 339-A--Introduction

   339.1.  What this Division is about  
   339.5.  Application of Division  
   339.10. When financial report required to comply with accounting standards  
   339.15. When audit required to be conducted in accordance with auditing standards  
   339.20. Lead and review auditors  
   339.25. Professional members of the audit team  

              Subdivision 339-B--Conduct of the audit

   339.30. Auditor to form opinion  
   339.35. Auditor obligations in relation to auditing standards  
   339.40. Auditor's report  
   339.45. Other requirements in relation to auditor's report  
   339.50. Auditor's independence declaration  
   339.55. Audit working papers to be retained for 7 years  

              Subdivision 339-C--Qualification, experience and registration

   339.60. Qualification and experience: individual auditor  
   339.65. Qualification and experience: audit firm  
   339.70. Registration requirements for appointment of company as auditor  

              Subdivision 339-D--Auditor independence

   339.75. Independence of auditors: application of Corporations Act auditor independence provisions  
   339.80. Independence of auditors: alternative independence requirements  

              Subdivision 339-E--Auditor's powers and duties

   339.85. Auditor's power to obtain information  
   339.90. Reporting to the Registrar  
   339.95. Assisting auditor  

              Subdivision 339-F--Appointment and removal of auditors

   339.100.Appointment and removal of auditors  

           Division 342--Financial reporting to members

   342.1.  What this Division is about  
   342.5.  Annual financial reporting to members  
   342.10. Deadline for giving member copy of report  

           Division 345--Consolidated financial report

   345.1.  Directors and officers of controlled entity to give information  
   345.5.  Auditor's power to obtain information from controlled entity  
   345.10. Controlled entity to assist auditor  
   345.15. Application of sections 345-1 to 345-10 to entity that has ceased to be controlled  

           Division 348--Lodging reports

   348.1.  Lodging annual reports with the Registrar  
   348.5.  Relodgment if report amended after lodgment  

   PART 7-4--REGISTRAR MAY EXEMPT FROM RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

           Division 353--Registrar may exempt from record keeping and reporting requirements

   353.1.  What this Part is about  
   353.3.  Exemption from the provisions of this Chapter  
   353.5.  Registrar may make determination even if application is incomplete  
   353.10. Registrar's power to make determinations  

   PART 7-5--CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING LEVEL OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

           Division 358--Criteria for determining level of reporting requirements

   358.1.  What this Part is about  
   358.5.  Criteria for determinations about level of reporting requirements  
   358.10. Reporting obligations  

   PART 7-6--SANCTIONS FOR CONTRAVENTIONS OF RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

           Division 363--Sanctions for contraventions of record keeping and reporting requirements

   363.1.  Sanctions  

   PART 7-7--MODIFICATIONS OF RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS BY REGULATIONS

           Division 368--Modifications of record keeping and reporting requirements by regulations

   368.1.  Modification by regulations  

   PART 7-8--BOOKS

           Division 373--Introduction

   373.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 376--When and where may books be inspected

   376.1.  Inspection of books  
   376.5.  Translations of instruments and books  
   376.10. Court may compel compliance  
   376.15. Admissibility of books in evidence  
   376.20. Form of books  
   376.25. Protection of books  
   376.30. Evidentiary value  
   376.35. Falsification of books  
            

CHAPTER 8--Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions
            

           Division 386--Civil consequences of contravening civil penalty provisions

   386.1.  Declarations of contravention  
   386.5.  Declaration of contravention is conclusive evidence  
   386.10. Pecuniary penalty orders  
   386.15. Compensation orders--civil penalty provisions  
   386.20. Who may apply for a declaration or order  
   386.25. Time limit for application for a declaration or order  
   386.30. Civil evidence and procedure rules for declarations of contravention and civil penalty orders  
   386.35. Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings  
   386.40. Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings  
   386.45. Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings  
   386.50. Evidence given in proceedings for penalty not admissible in criminal proceedings  
   386.55. Registrar requiring person to assist  
   386.60. Relief from liability for contravention of civil penalty provision  
            

CHAPTER 9--Lodgments and registers
            

   PART 9-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 396--Introduction

   396.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 9-2--LODGMENTS WITH THE REGISTRAR

           Division 401--Introduction

   401.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 404--What is the form in which documents may be lodged

   404.1.  Forms for documents to be lodged with the Registrar  
   404.5.  Signing documents lodged with the Registrar  
   404.10. Documents lodged with the Registrar electronically  
   404.15. Relodging of lost registered documents  

           Division 407--Registrar's powers

   407.1.  Registrar may refuse to receive or register documents  
   407.5.  Registrar may require additional information  
   407.10. Registrar may require information from persons on a register  
   407.15. Telephone or email notice of certain changes  
   407.20. Registrar may destroy or dispose of lodged documents  

           Division 410--Courts power if documents not lodged

   410.1.  Court may make certain orders  

   PART 9-3--REGISTERS

           Division 415--Introduction

   415.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 418--Registers to be kept

   418.1.  Registers  
   418.5.  Form of registers  
   418.10. Register of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations  
   418.15. Register of Disqualified Officers  

           Division 421--What information may a person obtain from the Registrar

   421.1.  Inspection and production of records  
   421.5.  Requests and certification of copy or extract etc.  

           Division 424--Validity and use of information etc

   424.1.  Validity of copy or extract  
   424.5.  Use in court proceedings etc. of documents issued by Registrar  
   424.10. Registrar's certificate that person was a director etc.  
            

CHAPTER 10--Regulation and enforcement
            

   PART 10-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 434--Introduction

   434.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 10-2--REGULATION OF ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATIONS

           Division 439--Regulation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

   439.1.  What this Part is about  
   439.5.  Registrar may convene meetings of interested persons  
   439.10. Registrar may call a general meeting (other than an AGM)  
   439.15. Registrar may call an AGM  
   439.20. Registrar may require compliance with Act etc.  

   PART 10-3--ENFORCEMENT

           Division 444--Introduction

   444.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 447--Authorised officers

   447.1.  Appointment of authorised officers  
   447.5.  Identity cards  

           Division 450--Purposes for which powers under this Part may be exercised

   450.1.  Purposes for which power under this Part may be exercised  

           Division 453--Examination of books and persons

   453.1.  Examination of books  
   453.5.  Production of books or attendance to answer questions  
   453.10. Remuneration of authorised officer  

           Division 456--Warrants for books not produced

              Subdivision 456-A--Warrants applied for in person

   456.1.  Application for warrant to seize books not produced  
   456.5.  Grant of warrant  
   456.10. Powers where books produced or seized  

              Subdivision 456-B--Warrants by telephone or other electronic means

   456.15. Applying for warrants by telephone or other electronic means  
   456.20. Issuing warrants by telephone etc.  
   456.25. Unsigned warrants by telephone etc. in court proceedings  

              Subdivision 456-C--Offences relating to warrants by telephone or other electronic means

   456.30. Offence for stating incorrect names in warrants by telephone etc.  
   456.35. Offence for unauthorised form of warrant  
   456.40. Offence for execution etc. of unauthorised form of warrant  
   456.45. Offence for giving unexecuted form of warrant  

              Subdivision 456-D--Warrant details to be given to occupier

   456.50. Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc.  

   PART 10-4--OFFENCES RELATING TO REGULATORY AND ENFORCEMENT POWERS OF REGISTRAR

           Division 461--Offences relating to regulatory and enforcement powers of Registrar

   461.1.  Obstructing Registrar or interfering with meeting called by Registrar etc.  
   461.5.  False information  
   461.10. Concealing books relevant to investigation  
   461.15. Self-incrimination  

   PART 10-5--PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS

           Division 466--Which disclosures qualify for protection under this Part

   466.1.  Disclosures qualifying for protection  

           Division 469--Effects of disclosure

   469.1.  Disclosure that qualifies for protection not actionable etc.  
   469.5.  Victimisation prohibited  
   469.10. Right to compensation  

           Division 472--Confidentiality requirement

   472.1.  Confidentiality requirements for corporations, corporation officers and employees and auditors  
            

CHAPTER 11--External administration
            

   PART 11-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 482--Introduction

   482.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 11-2--SPECIAL ADMINISTRATION

           Division 487--Special administration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation

   487.1.  Registrar may put Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation under special administration  
   487.5.  Grounds for special administration  
   487.10. Show cause notice procedure  
   487.15. Extension of period of special administration  
   487.20. Registrar may terminate special administration  
   487.25. References to corporation under special administration  

           Division 490--Appointment of special administrator

   490.1.  Registrar may appoint special administrator  
   490.5.  Period of appointment  

           Division 493--Notice requirements

   493.1.  Notice of special administration determination or appointment of special administrator  

           Division 496--Effect of appointment of special administrator on officers of the corporation

   496.1.  General rule that offices of directors and secretary vacated when special administrator appointed  
   496.5.  Registrar may determine that offices not vacated in certain circumstances  
   496.10. Powers of officers can only be exercised by, or with the consent of, special administrator  
   496.15. Only special administrator can deal with corporation's property  
   496.20. Order for compensation where officer involved in void transaction  

           Division 499--Function, duties and powers of special administrator

   499.1.  Function of special administrator  
   499.5.  Powers of special administrator  
   499.10. Applying Corporations Act provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation that is under special administration  

           Division 502--Special administrator to report to Registrar

   502.1.  Report to Registrar  

           Division 505--Termination of special administrator's appointment

   505.1.  Termination of appointment of special administrator  
   505.5.  Grounds for terminating appointment  
   505.10. Registrar to appoint new special administrator in certain circumstances  

           Division 508--Transition to normal control of the corporation's affairs at end of special administration

   508.1.  Special administrator to ensure that there will be directors when corporation ceases to be under special administration  
   508.5.  Election of directors to take over affairs of corporation when corporation ceases to be under special administration  

           Division 511----Miscellaneous

   511.1.  Remuneration of special administrator  

   PART 11-3--RECEIVERS, AND OTHER CONTROLLERS, OF PROPERTY OF CORPORATIONS

           Division 516--Receivers, and other controllers, of property of corporations

   516.1.  Applying Corporations Act receiver provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  

   PART 11-4--ADMINISTRATION OF AN ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION'S AFFAIRS WITH A VIEW TO EXECUTING A DEED OF CORPORATION ARRANGEMENT

           Division 521--Administration of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation's affairs with a view to executing a deed of corporation arrangement

   521.1.  Applying Corporations Act administration provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
   521.5.  Administrator's capacity to act as trustee  
   521.10. Corporations Act administrator cannot be appointed if special administrator appointed  
   521.15. Effect of appointment of special administrator on Corporations Act administrator  

   PART 11-5--WINDING UP

           Division 526--Winding up

   526.1.  Court may order winding up  
   526.5.  Grounds for Court ordered winding up  
   526.10. Acts etc. done to comply with Native Title legislation requirement  
   526.15. Who may apply to court for winding up order  
   526.20. Voluntary winding up  
   526.25. Distribution of surplus assets in winding up by Court  
   526.30. Distribution of surplus assets in voluntary winding up  
   526.35. Applying Corporations Act winding up provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
   526.40. Application of Corporations Act pre-winding up provisions  

   PART 11-6--INSOLVENT TRADING

           Division 531--Insolvent trading

   531.1.  Applying Corporations Act insolvent trading provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
   531.5.  Section 588G of Corporations Act prevails over conflicting Native Title legislation obligations  

   PART 11-7--EMPLOYEES' ENTITLEMENTS

           Division 536--Employees' entitlements

   536.1.  Applying Corporations Act employees' entitlements provisions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations  
            

CHAPTER 12--Transfer of registration, deregistration and unclaimed property
            

   PART 12-1--TRANSFER OF REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER SYSTEM

           Division 540--Transfer of registration

   540.1.  Transferring registration  
   540.5.  Applying to transfer registration  
   540.10. Registrar makes transfer of registration declaration  
   540.15. Registrar to deregister corporation  

   PART 12-2--DEREGISTRATION

           Division 546--Deregistration

   546.1.  Deregistration--voluntary  
   546.5.  Deregistration--Registrar initiated  
   546.10. Deregistration--following amalgamation or winding up  
   546.15. Registered native title body corporate  
   546.20. Effect of deregistration  
   546.25. What the Registrar does with the property  
   546.30. Registrar's power to fulfil outstanding obligations of deregistered corporation  
   546.35. Claims against insurers of deregistered corporation  
   546.40. Reinstatement  
   546.45. Regulations may modify Division in relation to statutory Indigenous land trusts  

   PART 12-3--UNCLAIMED PROPERTY

           Division 551--Unclaimed property

   551.1.  Unclaimed property  
   551.5.  Registrar to deal with unclaimed property  
   551.10. Registrar and Commonwealth not liable to pay calls on shares etc.  
   551.15. Disposition of money that is unclaimed property etc.  
   551.20. Establishment of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations Unclaimed Money Account  
   551.25. Credits of amounts to Account  
   551.30. Purposes of Account  
   551.35. Claims of disposition of money to incorrect payee  
   551.40. Commonwealth or Registrar not liable for loss or damage  
            

CHAPTER 13--Offences
            

   PART 13-1--OFFENCES ABOUT FALSE OR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ETC.

           Division 561--Offences about false or misleading statements etc

   561.1.  False or misleading statements  
   561.5.  False information etc.  

   PART 13-2--GENERAL MATTERS RELATING TO OFFENCES

           Division 566--General matters relating to offences

   566.1.  Penalties for bodies corporate  
   566.5.  Penalty notices  
   566.10. Continuing offences  
   566.15. Time for instituting criminal proceedings  
   566.20. Privilege against self-incrimination not available to bodies corporate in certain proceedings  
   566.25. Certain persons to assist in prosecutions  
            

CHAPTER 14--Courts and proceedings
            

   PART 14-1--POWERS OF COURTS

           Division 576--Powers of courts

   576.1.  Power to grant relief  
   576.5.  Power of Court to give directions with respect to meetings ordered by the Court  
   576.10. Appeals from decisions of receivers, liquidators etc.  
   576.15. Irregularities  
   576.20. Power of Court to prohibit payment or transfer of money, financial products or other property  
   576.25. Injunctions  
   576.30. Effect of sections 576-20 and 576-25  
   576.35. Power of Court to punish for contempt of Court  

   PART 14-2--PROCEEDINGS

           Division 581--Proceedings

   581.1.  The Registrar's power to intervene in proceedings  
   581.5.  Civil proceedings not to be stayed  
   581.10. Standard of proof  
   581.15. Evidence of contravention  
   581.20. Costs  
   581.25. Vesting of property  

   PART 14-3--JURISDICTION AND PROCEDURE OF COURTS

           Division 586--Civil jurisdiction

              Subdivision 586-A--Introduction

   586.1.  Operation of Division  

              Subdivision 586-B--Conferral of jurisdiction

   586.5.  Jurisdiction of Federal Court and State and Territory Supreme Courts  
   586.10. Jurisdiction of Family Court and State Family Courts  
   586.15. Jurisdiction of courts (decisions to prosecute and related criminal justice process decisions made by Commonwealth officers)  
   586.20. Jurisdiction of lower courts  
   586.25. Appeals  
   586.30. Courts to act in aid of each other  

              Subdivision 586-C--Transfer of proceedings

   586.35. Transfer of proceedings by the Federal Court and State and Territory Supreme Courts  
   586.40. Transfer of proceedings by Family Court and State Family Courts  
   586.45. Transfer of proceedings in lower courts  
   586.50. Further matters for a court to consider when deciding whether to transfer a proceeding  
   586.55. Transfer may be made at any stage  
   586.60. Transfer of documents  
   586.65. Conduct of proceedings  
   586.70. Rights of appearance  
   586.75. Limitation on appeals  

              Subdivision 586-D--Rules of court

   586.80. Rules of the Federal Court  
   586.85. Rules of the Supreme Court  
   586.90. Rules of the Family Court  

           Division 589--Criminal jurisdiction

   589.1.  Operation of Division  
   589.5.  Jurisdiction of courts  
   589.10. Laws to be applied  
            

CHAPTER 15--Administration
            

   PART 15-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 599--Introduction

   599.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 15-2--PROTECTION OF INFORMATION

           Division 604--Protection of information

   604.1.  What this Part is about  
   604.5.  Protected information  
   604.10. Registrar's obligations in relation to protected information  
   604.15. Special administrator's obligations in relation to protected information  
   604.20. Consultant's obligations in relation to protected information  
   604.25. Authorised use or disclosure  

   PART 15-3--PROTECTION FROM LIABILITY FOR REGISTRAR, MINISTER ETC.

           Division 609--Protection from liability for Registrar, Minister etc

   609.1.  Protection from liability for Minister, Registrar etc.  

   PART 15-4--REVIEW OF DECISIONS

           Division 614--Introduction

   614.1.  What this Part is about  

           Division 617--Reviewable decisions

   617.1.  Reviewable decisions  
   617.5.  Deadlines for making reviewable decisions  
   617.10. Notice of reviewable decision and review rights  

           Division 620--Internal review of reviewable decisions

   620.1.  Registrar may reconsider reviewable decisions on own initiative  
   620.5.  Reconsideration of reviewable decisions  

           Division 623--AAT review of reviewable decisions

   623.1.  AAT review of reviewable decisions  

   PART 15-5--FEES

           Division 628--Fees

   628.1.  Fees  
   628.5.  Lodgment of document without payment of fee  
   628.10. Doing act without payment of fee  
   628.15. Effect of sections 628-5 and 628-10  
   628.20. Debt due to the Commonwealth  
   628.25. Payment of fee does not give right to inspect or search  

   PART 15-6--REGULATIONS

           Division 633--Regulations

   633.1.  General regulation making power  
   633.5.  Regulations concerning registered native title bodies corporate  

   PART 15-7--APPROVED FORMS

           Division 638--Approved forms

   638.1.  Registrar may approve forms  
            

CHAPTER 16--Registrar and Deputy Registrars of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations
            

   PART 16-1--INTRODUCTION

           Division 648--Introduction

   648.1.  What this Chapter is about  

   PART 16-2--APPOINTMENT OF THE REGISTRAR AND DEPUTY REGISTRARS

           Division 653--Appointment of Registrar and Deputy Registrars

   653.1.  Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations  
   653.5.  Deputy Registrars of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations  

   PART 16-3--REGISTRAR'S FUNCTIONS AND POWERS

           Division 658--Registrar's functions and powers

   658.1.  Functions of the Registrar  
   658.5.  Aims of the Registrar  
   658.10. Powers of the Registrar  
   658.15. Registrar to have a seal  
   658.20. Judicial notice of certain matters  

   PART 16-4--MATTERS CONCERNING THE REGISTRAR'S AND DEPUTY REGISTRARS' APPOINTMENTS

           Division 663--Matters concerning the Registrar's and Deputy Registrars' appointments

   663.1.  Registrar's remuneration  
   663.5.  Resignation  
   663.10. Termination of Registrar's appointment  
   663.15. Termination of Deputy Registrar's appointment  
   663.20. Disclosure of interests  
   663.25. Acting appointments  
   663.30. Leave of absence  
   663.35. Outside employment  

   PART 16-5--DELEGATION

           Division 668--Delegation

   668.1.  Delegation by Registrar  
   668.5.  Sub-delegation by Deputy Registrar  

   PART 16-6--STAFFING

           Division 673--Staffing

   673.1.  Staff assisting the Registrar and Deputy Registrar  
   673.5.  Engagement of consultants etc. by the Registrar  
            

CHAPTER 17--Interpreting this Act
            

   PART 17-1--MEANING OF SOME IMPORTANT CONCEPTS

           Division 683--Directors and officers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations

   683.1.  Meaning of director and officer  

           Division 686--Associates

   686.1.  Effect of Division  
   686.5.  Associates of bodies corporate  
   686.10. General  
   686.15. Exclusions  

           Division 689--Subsidiaries and control

   689.1.  What is a subsidiary  
   689.5.  Control of a body corporate's board  
   689.10. Matters to be disregarded  
   689.15. References in this Division to a subsidiary  
   689.20. Related bodies corporate  
   689.25. Control  

   PART 17-2--INTERPRETATION OF OTHER EXPRESSIONS

           Division 694--Interpretation of other expressions

   694.1.  Giving information  
   694.5.  Doing acts  
   694.10. Signing  
   694.15. Business affairs of a body corporate  
   694.20. Business affairs of a natural person  
   694.25. Business affairs of a partnership  
   694.30. Business affairs of a trust  
   694.35. Meaning of court and Court  
   694.40. Entities  
   694.45. Entities connected with a corporation (including an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation)  
   694.50. Extension of period for doing an act  
   694.55. Involvement in contraventions  
   694.60. Possession  
   694.65. Public document of a body corporate  
   694.70. Receivers and managers  
   694.75. Securities  
   694.80. Solvency and insolvency  
   694.85. Meaning of chief executive officer function  
   694.90. Applications to be in writing  
   694.95. Effect of certain contraventions of this Act  
   694.100.Effect of provisions empowering a person to require or prohibit conduct  
   694.105.Calculation of time  
   694.110.Performance of functions by Registrar or Deputy Registrar includes reference to delegate etc.  
   694.115.Certain family relationships  

   PART 17-3--DICTIONARY

           Division 700--Dictionary

   700.1.  Dictionary  


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