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Section 448C(1) Corporations Act 2001
Disqualification of Person Connected with Company

Section 448C(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is ‘Disqualification of Person Connected with Company’ and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

Section 448C(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is Disqualification of Person Connected with Company and reads as follows:

Disqualification of Person Connected with Company

(1) Subject to this section, a person must not, except with the leave of the Court, seek or consent to be appointed as, or act as, administrator of a company or of a deed of company arrangement if:

(a) the person, or a body corporate in which the person has a substantial holding, is indebted in an amount exceeding $5,000 to the company or to a body corporate related to the company; or

(b) the person is, otherwise than in a capacity as administrator or liquidator of, or as administrator of a deed of company arrangement executed by, the company or a related body corporate, a creditor of the company or of a related body corporate in an amount exceeding $5,000; or

(c) the person is a director, secretary, senior manager or employee of the company; or

(d) the person is a director, secretary, senior manager or employee of a body corporate that is a secured party in relation to property of the company; or

(e) the person is an auditor of the company; or

(f) the person is a partner or employee of an auditor of the company; or

(g) the person is a partner, employer or employee of an officer of the company; or

(h) the person is a partner or employee of an employee of an officer of the company.

The penalties                                                                                                              

The maximum penalty for the offence of Disqualification of Person Connected with Company is:

60 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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