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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 No. 50, 2001 - SECT 1274
(1) ASIC must, subject to this Act, keep such registers as it considers
necessary in such form as it thinks fit.
(2) A person may:
- inspect any document lodged with ASIC, not being:
- a notice lodged under subsection 205D(3); or
- an application under section 1279; or
- a document lodged under a provision of Chapter 7 (other than
subsection 776(2B), section 1001B or Part 7.13) or Chapter 8;
- a document lodged under section 1287 or 1288; or
- a document lodged under paragraph 1296(2)(b); or
- a report made or lodged under section 422, 438D, 452 or 533; or
- a document that has been destroyed or otherwise disposed of; or
- require a certificate of the registration of a company or any other
certificate authorised by this Act to be given by ASIC; or
- require a copy of or extract from any document that the person is entitled
to inspect pursuant to paragraph (a) or any certificate referred to in
paragraph (b) to be given, or given and certified, by ASIC.
(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2), a document given to ASIC under
subsection 776(2B) is taken to be a document lodged with ASIC.
(3) If a reproduction or transparency of a document or certificate is produced
for inspection, a person is not entitled pursuant to paragraph (2)(a) to
require the production of the original of that document or certificate.
(4) The reference in paragraph (2)(c) to a document or certificate
includes, where a reproduction or transparency of that document or certificate
has been incorporated with a register kept by ASIC, a reference to that
reproduction or transparency and, where such a reproduction or transparency
has been so incorporated, a person is not entitled pursuant to that paragraph
to a copy of or extract from the original of that document or certificate.
(4A) A person is not entitled under paragraph (2)(a) to require the
production of the original of a document or certificate if ASIC keeps by means
of a mechanical, electronic or other device a record of information set out in
the document or certificate and:
- ASIC produces to the person for
inspection a writing that sets out what purports to be the contents of the
document or certificate; or
- ASIC causes to be displayed for the person what purports to be the
contents of the document or certificate and, as at the time of the displaying,
the person has not asked for the production of a writing of the kind referred
to in paragraph (a).
- a person makes under paragraph (2)(c) a requirement
that relates to a document or certificate; and
- ASIC keeps by means of a mechanical, electronic or other device a record
of information set out in the document or certificate; and
- pursuant to that requirement, ASIC gives a writing or document that sets
out what purports to be the contents of:
- the whole of the document or certificate; or
- a part of the document or certificate;
then, for the purposes of that paragraph, ASIC is taken to have given,
pursuant to that requirement:
- if subparagraph (c)(i) appliesa copy of the document or
- if subparagraph (c)(ii) appliesan extract from the document or
certificate setting out that part of it.
- the requirement referred to in paragraph (4B)(a)
includes a requirement that the copy or extract be certified; and
- pursuant to that requirement, ASIC gives a writing or document as
mentioned in paragraph (4B)(c);
- ASIC may certify that the writing or document sets out the contents of the
whole or part of the document or certificate, as the case requires; and
- the writing or document is, in a proceeding in a court, admissible as
prima facie evidence of the information contained in it.
(5) A copy of or extract from any document lodged with ASIC, and certified by
ASIC, is, in any proceeding, admissible in evidence as of equal validity with
the original document.
(6) The reference in subsection (5) to a document includes, where a
reproduction or transparency of that document has been incorporated with a
register kept by ASIC, a reference to that reproduction or transparency.
(7) In any proceeding:
- a certificate by ASIC that, at a date or during a
period specified in the certificate, no company was registered under this Act
by a name specified in the certificate is to be received as prima facie
evidence that at that date or during that period, as the case may be, no
company was registered by that name under this Act; and
- a certificate by ASIC that a requirement of this Act specified in the
- had or had not been complied with at a date or within a period specified
in the certificate; or
- had been complied with at a date specified in the certificate but not
before that date;
is to be received as prima facie evidence of matters specified in the
- a certificate by ASIC that, during a period specified in the certificate,
a particular company was registered, or taken to be registered, under this Act
is to be received as prima facie evidence that, during that period, that
company was registered under this Act.
(7A) A certificate issued by ASIC stating that a company has been registered
under this Act is conclusive evidence that:
- all requirements of this Act
for its registration have been complied with; and
- the company was duly registered as a company under this Act on the date
specified in the certificate.
(8) If ASIC is of opinion that a document submitted for lodgment:
- contains matter contrary to law; or
- contains matter that, in a material particular, is false or misleading in
the form or context in which it is included; or
- because of an omission or misdescription has not been duly completed; or
- contravenes this Act; or
- contains an error, alteration or erasure;
ASIC may refuse to register or receive the document and may request:
- that the document be appropriately amended or completed and resubmitted;
- that a fresh document be submitted in its place; or
- where the document has not been duly completed, that a supplementary
document in the prescribed form be lodged.
(9) ASIC may require a person who submits a document for lodgment to produce
to ASIC such other document, or to give to ASIC such information, as ASIC
thinks necessary in order to form an opinion whether it may refuse to receive
or register the first-mentioned document.
(10) ASIC may, if in the opinion of ASIC it is no longer necessary or
desirable to retain them, destroy or dispose of:
- in relation to a
- any return of allotment of shares for cash that has been lodged for not
less than 2 years; or
- any annual return or balance-sheet that has been lodged for not less than
7 years or any document creating or evidencing a charge, or the complete or
partial satisfaction of a charge, where a memorandum of satisfaction of the
charge has been registered for not less than 7 years; or
- any other document (other than the constitution or any other document
affecting it) that has been lodged or registered for not less than 15 years;
- any document a transparency of which has been incorporated with a register
kept by ASIC.
(11) If a body corporate or other person, having made default in complying
- any provision of this Act or of any other law that requires the
lodging in any manner of any return, account or other document or the giving
of notice to ASIC of any matter; or
- any request of ASIC to amend or complete and resubmit any document or to
submit a fresh document;
fails to make good the default within 14 days after the service on the body or
person of a notice requiring it to be done, a court may, on an application by
any member or creditor of the body or by ASIC, make an order directing the
body or any officer of the body or the person to make good the default within
such time as is specified in the order.
(12) Any such order may provide that all costs of and incidental to the
application are to be borne by the body or by any officers of the body
responsible for the default or by the person.
(13) A person must not contravene an order made under subsection (11).
(14) Nothing in this section prejudices the operation of any law imposing
penalties on a body corporate or its officers or on another person in respect
of a default mentioned in subsection (11).
(15) Where information about a person is included on a register kept by ASIC,
ASIC may at any time, in writing, require that person to give ASIC specified
information about the person, being information of the kind included on that
(16) The person must provide the information within such reasonable period,
and in such form, as are specified by ASIC.
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