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Section 316A(3) and (4) Corporations Act 2001
Annual Financial Reporting to Members of Companies Limited by Guarantee

Section 316A(3) and (4) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is ‘Annual Financial Reporting to Members of Companies Limited by Guarantee’ and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 316A(3) and (4) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is Annual Financial Reporting to Members of Companies Limited by Guarantee and reads as follows:

Annual Financial Reporting to Members of Companies Limited by Guarantee

(3) If the company prepares a financial report or a directors’ report for a financial year, or obtains an auditor’s report on the financial report, the company must send a copy of the report, free of charge, to each member who has made an election for that financial year, in accordance with the election, by the earlier of:

(a) 21 days before the next AGM after the end of the financial year; and

(b) 4 months after the end of the financial year.

Note: For the deadline for holding an AGM, see section 250N.

(4) If a member direction is given to a small company limited by guarantee under section 294A after the end of a financial year, subsection (3) does not apply and the company must send a copy of the reports that the company prepares or obtains as a result of the direction to each member who has made an election for that financial year, in accordance with the election, by the later of:

(a) 2 months after the date on which the direction was given; and

(b) 4 months after the end of the financial year.

The penalties                                                                                                              

The maximum penalty for the offence of Annual Financial Reporting to Members of Companies Limited by Guarantee is:

30 penalty units (a Commonwealth penalty unit is currently $210).

However, it should be kept in mind that maximum penalties are reserved for the most serious cases.

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