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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 - SECT 317

Consideration of reports at AGM

             (1)  The directors of a public company that is required to hold an AGM must lay before the AGM:

                     (a)  the financial report; and

                     (b)  the directors' report; and

                     (c)  the auditor's report;

for the last financial year that ended before the AGM.

Note 1:       If the company's first AGM is held before the end of its first financial year, there will be no reports to lay before the meeting.

Note 2:       A public company that has only 1 member is not required to hold an AGM (see section 250N).

Note 3:       Section 250RA imposes on the auditor of a listed public company an obligation to attend or be represented at the AGM.

          (1A)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a small company limited by guarantee in relation to a report if the company is not required under a member direction made under section 294A or an ASIC direction made under section 294B to prepare or obtain the report.

             (2)  An offence based on subsection (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability , see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .



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