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Continuing obligations after the company is set up

                   The Corporations Act and other laws impose obligations on companies themselves and on their directors and company secretaries. Some of the more important obligations imposed under the Corporations Act are discussed below.

4.1 Use of company name and ACN

                   The name of a company must be shown at all the company's business premises (including its registered office) that are open to the public. The company's name and its ACN or ABN (if the last 9 digits are the same, and in the same order, as the last 9 digits of its ACN) must appear:

•     on some of its public documents; and

•     on its cheques and negotiable instruments; and

•     on all documents lodged with ASIC; and

•     if it has one, on its common seal.

[sections 123, 144, 147--156,
ASIC Practice Note 47]

4.2 Extract of particulars

                   Each year, ASIC issues each company with an extract of particulars within 2 weeks of the company's review date (which is generally the anniversary of the company's registration). The extract includes details recorded on ASIC's database such as:

•     names and addresses of each director and company secretary;

•     issued shares and options granted;

•     details of its shareholders;

•     address of its registered office;

•     address of its principal place of business.

                   If any of the details are not correct as at the date the extract is received, the company must correct those details.

                   The correction may be lodged with ASIC on a printed form or, if an agreement is in place to lodge electronically, in accordance with the agreement.

[Sections 346A and 346C, 352]

4.3 Review fee

                   A company must pay a review fee to ASIC each year.

[Corporations (Review Fees) Act 2003]

4.4 Notification to ASIC of changes

                   The company must notify ASIC if certain basic changes to the company occur. The following table sets out these notification requirements.


Notification requirements



the company must notify ASIC of the change...

see section...


a company issues shares

within 28 days after the issue



a company changes the location of a register

within 7 days after the change



a company changes the address of its registered office or principal place of business

within 28 days after the change

142, 146


a company changes its directors or company secretary

within 28 days after the change (unless the director or company secretary has notified ASIC of the change)



there is a change in the name or address of the company's directors or secretary

within 28 days after the change



a company has a new ultimate holding company, or details about the ultimate holding company change

within 28 days after the change happens



any of the changes in items 1 to 7 means that:

(a) the company must add or alter particulars in its member register kept under section 169; or

(b) the company must add or alter particulars in its member register kept under section 169, and as a result, details about the number and class of shares on issue, or the amount paid and unpaid on the shares, alter.

within the time determined under the table in section 178D



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