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Business Law & Regulation

Treasury provides policy advice on company law and corporate governance issues, corporate insolvency, corporate financial reporting and electronic commerce, oversight of portfolio agencies connected to corporate regulation and related international issues.

Legislation relating to Business Law can be found on this website under Bills, Acts and Legislation.

Statements of Expectations and Statements of Intent

As part of the response to the Review of the Corporate Governance of Statutory Authorities and Office Holders (commonly referred to as the Uhrig Report) the Australian Government agreed that Ministers would issue Statements of Expectations to statutory agencies. 

Through issuing a Statement of Expectation, a Minister is able to provide greater clarity about government policies and objectives relevant to a statutory authority, including the policies and priorities it is expected to observe in conducting its operations.  The Statement of Expectations recognises the independence of the statutory agency.

Standard Business Reporting

Corporate and Financial Services Regulation Review

Insolvency Reform Package

Continuous Disclosure

Exposure Draft Bills and Regulations for Consultation:

For Exposure Draft Bills and Regulations currently open for consultation please refer to the Consultations page on this website.

Publications

Corporations Law Economic Reform Program (CLERP) - Background Material

Results 1 to 19 of 19
16-06-2004 Submissions: CLERP (Audit Reform and Corporate Disclosure) Bill 2003 Draft Due Diligence Defence
25-05-2004 Exposure Draft Regulations – Corporations Amendment Regulations 2004 (CLERP 9 Bill)
25-05-2004 Exposure Draft Regulations – Corporations (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2004 (CLERP 9 Bill)
25-05-2004 Exposure Draft Regulations – ASIC Amendment Regulations 2004 (CLERP 9 Bill)
18-05-2004 CLERP (Audit Reform and Corporate Disclosure) Bill 2003 Draft Due Diligence Defence for Consultation
08-10-2003 CLERP Paper No. 9: CLERP (Audit Reform and Corporate Disclosure) Bill 2003
15-11-2002 CLERP Paper No. 9: Submissions
17-10-2002 CLERP Paper No. 8: Proposals for Reform - Cross-Border Insolvency
18-09-2002 CLERP Paper No. 9: Proposals for Reform - Corporate Disclosure
01-06-2000 CLERP Paper No. 7: Proposals for Reform - Simplified Lodgements and Compliance
03-03-1999 CLERP - Financial Products, Service Providers and Markets
01-05-1998 CLERP - Policy Reforms
01-05-1998 CLERP - Policy Framework
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 6: Proposals for Reform - Financial Markets and Investment Products
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 4: Proposals for Reform - Takeovers
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 2: Proposals for Reform - Fundraising
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 1: Proposals for Reform - Accounting Standards
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 5: Proposals for Reform - Electronic Commerce
01-04-1997 CLERP Paper No. 3 : Proposals for Reform - Directors' Duties and Corporate Governance

Other Publications

Results 1 to 21 of 21
25-09-2008 Memorandum of Understanding on Financial Distress Management between the members of the Council of Financial Regulators
19-03-2008 Ministerial Consent Under s5 of the TPA, to Rely on Extraterritorial Conduct in Private Proceedings
22-06-2007 Product Rationalisation - Issues Paper
24-05-2007 Simpler Regulatory System Bill Package
05-03-2007 Review of Sanctions in Corporate Law
05-03-2007 Review of the Operation of the Infringement Notice Provisions of the Corporations Act 2001
19-12-2006 Guidelines for Ministerial Consent to Body Corporate Names Under the Corporations Act 2001
16-11-2006 Corporate and Financial Services Regulation Review – Proposals Paper
15-11-2006 Australian Auditor Independence Requirements: A Comparative Review
06-03-2006 Corporations Agreement 2002 as Amended
22-02-2006 Memorandum of Understanding on Coordination of Business Law between Australia and New Zealand
09-05-2005 Disclosure of Director and Executive Remuneration by Listed Companies
20-04-2005 Reform of Liability Insurance - Progress as at 8 April 2005
06-02-2004 Proposed Direction Under Section 891A of the Corporations Act 2001
20-05-2002 Independence of Australian Company Auditors Report Submissions
01-05-2002 Independence of Australian Company Auditors Report (as printed March 2002)
08-10-2001 Independence of Australian Company Auditors Report (as originally released October 2001)
28-09-2001 Financial Reporting Council - Australian Accounting Standards Board Annual Report
01-07-1997 Review of the Regulation of Corporate Insolvency Practitioners
01-07-1997 Review of the Requirements for the Registration and Regulation of Company Auditors
01-09-1996 Section 52 Trade Practices and Dealings in Securities

Speeches

Results 1 to 3 of 3
30-11-1999 Speech - Insolvency Systems in Asia: An Efficiency Perspective
27-07-1999 Speech - Corporate Governance: The Way Ahead
16-06-1999 Speech - Accounting Standard Setting for the New Millenium

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