Public Company

- Limited by Shares (unlisted)
- Limited by Guarantee

Unless the name is already protected by the ASIC database, we shall electronically register with your choice of name and you will not need to pay the additional costs of a Company Name Change.

The ASIC database, however, does not consider Trade Marks or similar names when determining the availability of a proposed name. You must make yourself aware of infringement of ownership rights to a name . Refer www.asic.gov.au; www.ipaustralia.gov.au; www.austdomains.com.au and the professional services of a legal advisor.

Due to the mandatory reported with ASIC A.C.N. may take from 2 hours to 24 hours from receipt of your order (office hours Monday to Friday AEDT). The company register is shipped within 24 hours of receipt of registration by ASIC - overnight if registration completed before 2:00 pm AEDT subject to existing volume and peak periods.

Requirements
It is possible for both proprietary companies and public companies to be registered with only one member. However, public companies must still have a minimum of three (3) directors and one (1) secretary.

When a company is registered under the Act it is automatically registered as an Australian company. This means that it can conduct business throughout Australia without needing to register in individual State and Territory jurisdictions.

Replaceable Rules
On 1 July 1998 replaceable rules were introduced to enable companies to function without "Articles of Association" and "Memorandum of Association", (which were abolished on 1 July 1998). The basic rules of internal management are included in the Act as 'replaceable rules'. Some of these rules are mandatory for all companies and there are a few special rules for single shareholder / single director companies.

The replaceable rules do not apply to a proprietary company while the same person is both its sole director and sole shareholder, or a company that had a constitution (Memorandum & Articles) before the introduction of the replaceable rules regime, and has not repealed it.

A company can simply take advantage of the rules in the Act as a means of governance and does not need a separate constitution of its own. A company will need a constitution only if it wants to displace, modify or add to the replaceable rules.

Constitution
If a constitution is adopted, it is not necessary to lodge the constitution of a proprietary company with the application for registration but they must be kept with the company's records so they are available if required. If a public company adopts a constitution or a combination of replaceable rules and constitution, a copy must be lodged with the application for registration. The Act requires that a no-liability company must be a public company and requires it to have a constitution which restricts its activity to mining purposes only. A no-liability company (NL) must, therefore, lodge a copy of its constitution with the application.

The Constitution may state the objects of the company, although the Act automatically enables a company to have the legal capacity of a natural person and therefore there is no need to state the objects except where required to do so under the Act, (ie NL companies).

If the company states its objects it is restricted to them unless they are subsequently altered by a special resolution of the members. A company's constitution may define legal rights, duties and restrictions of the company. If you choose that the company will have a constitution, you should seek legal advice regarding its drafting.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have specific clauses which the constitution of a "non-profit company" (generally public companies) must contain to be eligible for tax concessions. The ATO can provide more details including examples of the clauses required. The ATO's internet address is http://www.ato.gov.au.

Obtain Consents
Written consent is required for each person who agrees to become a director of the company. (A director must be a person over the age of 18 years). Written consents are also required for each person who agrees to become a secretary of the company and each person who agrees to become a member of the company.


At least one secretary of a company, at least one director of a proprietary company, and at least two directors of a public company must ordinarily be resident in Australia.
For companies limited by guarantee, the members will become liable as contributories on a winding up of the company. Each member must agree in writing to the amount of the 'guarantee' to pay.

Do not lodge these declarations of consent or agreements with the application. The applicant for the registration must have the relevant consents and agreements when the application is lodged and must give them to the company after the company becomes registered. They must be kept with the company's records and details will need to be recorded in the register of members.

This information is supplied as a brief outline only and does not preclude the Company's Officers and Secretaries from fulfilling their legal obligations. Company Planners Pty Ltd cannot explain every responsibility or cover every situation, and in this regard you should seek professional business advice and refer to the Corporations Act 2001. You will be held responsible for your legal obligations and not Company Planners Pty Ltd.

 

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Public Company Order Form - 2020 (PDF) (238k)

Public Company Order Form - 2020 (WORD) (164k)

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