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Review of the CATSI Act Survey

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The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) is seeking your views to assist with the review of the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act).

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Phase 1 – CATSI Act Review Survey

  1. Listed below are a number of areas we will consider as part of the Review. Please read each item carefully including the examples.
  2. Please select the items that you think the Review should consider (select all that are important to you).
  3. Finally, if there are any areas you feel are not covered, please include specific suggestions either under an individual item or at the end of the survey.

This survey will close 14 February 2020.

Item 1: The purpose of the CATSI Act

This item will consider the following questions:

  • Is the CATSI Act achieving its purpose?
  • Are the Registrar’s powers appropriate, effective and adequate?
  • Does the CATSI Act support corporations to pursue economic and community development opportunities?

Item 2: Governance requirements

This item will consider the following questions:

  • Are there corporation governance requirements that could be expanded, simplified or streamlined?
  • Could changes be made to rule books to make them easier to understand and work with?
  • Could changes be made to the CATSI Act in relation to annual general meetings to make them more effective? For example, allowing some corporations not to hold annual general meetings for an agreed period, allowing automatic extensions of time to hold meetings in some instances, or mandating the tabling of annual reports at annual general meetings.
  • Should the current size classification of corporations be updated and simplified, and aligned more closely with other relevant frameworks?
  • Are there changes to the CATSI Act that would provide greater flexibility in the design of corporate structures and promote increased economic activity?
  • Are there changes that could make the task of maintaining, managing and monitoring the membership of CATSI Act corporations simpler and more effective?

Item 3: Transparency and accountability of officers of the corporation

This item will consider the following questions:

  • Should there be changes made to how related third party transactions are approved and reported?
  • Should more information be reported to members about remuneration paid to senior employees and Board members? For example, salaries, sitting fees, allowances, loans and contracts.

Item 4: Greater support for Native Title corporations

This item will consider the following questions:

  • Does the CATSI Act provide enough support to Native Title bodies and their members?
  • Does the CATSI Act support the unique needs of Native Title common law holders who are not members of a Registered Native Title Body Corporate?
  • Does the Registrar have adequate powers to assist with disputes between a Registered Native Title Body Corporate, its members and/or common law holders?
  • Should the CATSI Act be amended to require Registered Native Title Body Corporates to report in relation to Native Title monies received or expended by the Registered Native Title Body Corporate?
  • What should a definition of Native Title monies include?

Item 5: Bringing the CATSI Act up to date

This item will consider the following questions:

  • Does the CATSI Act need to be modernized and more closely aligned with other regulatory frameworks?
  • Are the CATSI Act definitions up-to-date?
  • Has the CATSI Act kept up with technological advances? For example, the advent of electronic media for communicating and contacting members, the use of web based processes etc.
  • Does the CATSI Act still meet the needs and expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people?

Item 6: Winding up and insolvency of corporations

This item will consider whether changes should be made to the provisions relating to winding up and insolvency?