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Criminal liability of officers of bodies corporate—accessorial liability

    (1)     If a body corporate commits an offence against a provision specified in subsection (2), an officer of the body corporate also commits an offence against the provision if the officer

        (a)     authorised or permitted the commission of the offence by the body corporate; or

        (b)     was knowingly concerned in any way (whether by act or omission) in the commission of the offence by the body corporate.

    (2)     For the purposes of subsection (1), the following provisions are specified—

        (a)     section 44(1);

        (b)     section 44(6);

        (c)     section 44(7);

        (d)     section 54(7);

        (e)     section 59O(1);

        (f)     section 129A(7);

        (g)     section 135(1);

        (h)     section 135(2);

              (i)     section 136;

        (j)     section 137;

        (k)     section 166;

        (l)     section 179;

        (m)     section 180;

        (n)     section 181;

        (o)     section 182;

        (p)     section 183(1);

        (q)     section 184(1);

        (r)     section 184(2);

        (s)     section 184(3);

        (t)     section 184(4).

    (3)     Without limiting any other defence available to the officer, an officer of a body corporate may rely on a defence that would be available to the body corporate if it were charged with the offence with which the officer is charged and, in doing so, the officer bears the same burden of proof that the body corporate would bear.

    (4)     An officer of a body corporate may commit an offence against a provision specified in subsection (2) whether or not the body corporate has been prosecuted for, or found guilty of, an offence against that provision.

    (5)     In this section—

"body corporate "has the same meaning as corporation has in section 57A of the Corporations Act;

"officer "in relation to a body corporate means—

        (a)     a person who is an officer (as defined by section 9 of the Corporations Act) of the body corporate; or

        (b)     a person (other than a person referred to in paragraph (a)), by whatever name called, who is concerned in, or takes part in, the management of the body corporate.

    (6)     This section does not affect the operation of section 323 or 324 of the Crimes Act 1958 .

S. 186 inserted by No. 13/2012 s. 9 (as amended by No. 82/2012 s. 148(3)).

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