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ASIC sees room for improvement in IPO docs


Prospectuses are important to investors considering an Initial Public Offering (IPO), but the usability and credibility of these documents could be improved, according to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

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Investors cautious about online shareholder meetings


Although online streaming technologies have advanced significantly, institutional investors are not yet ready to fully embrace virtual shareholder meetings without reservation, according to the findings of the Institutional Shareholder Services’ (ISS) Governance Principles Survey.

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The pros and cons of virtual shareholder meetings


The future of shareholder meetings is virtually here, according to Computershare. In a recently published whitepaper, the stock transfer company notes that international interest in virtual and hybrid shareholder meetings is growing, led by companies in the US.

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Government consults on further reforms to curb phoenixing


The government has released a consultation paper on further proposed reforms to combat illegal phoenix behaviour. According to the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O'Dwyer, the changes will assist regulators to better target and take stronger action against phoenixing.

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Hearing stakeholders’ voices in the boardroom


Joint guidelines on how company boards should take stakeholders' interests into account in their decision-making have been released in the UK by the Investment Association (IA) and ICSA: The Governance Institute.

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A Message from the President: Disclosure of Chief Executive and Board Remuneration


In the interests of providing greater transparency to members, the Board of Governance Institute of Australia recently decided to provide additional disclosure of the remuneration of our Chief Executive and Directors.

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Australia’s first Sports Governance Program released, targets the ‘grassroots’


Governance Institute, in partnership with elearning provider etrainu, has released Australia’s first Sports Governance Program. Working in Sports Essentials (WISE) is an internet-based course designed to provide fundamental governance knowledge to anyone involved in sport.  The program is suitable for everyone from grassroots volunteers to committee members and club directors to managers and executives of sports organisations.

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Governance Institute appoints senior governance professional Catherine Maxwell Director of Policy and Advocacy


Australia’s peak body for governance, Governance Institute of Australia has appointed Catherine Maxwell Director of Policy and Advocacy. Ms Maxwell has a strong legal, governance and policy background having had experience in similar policy and advocacy roles at AICD, APRA and ASX. 

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Unintended consequences flow from proposal requiring companies to keep email addresses on their share registers


Senator Nick Xenophon’s proposal to amend the Corporations Act requiring companies to include members’ email address on their share register has far reaching legal consequences, Governance Institute of Australia will tell the Senate Economics Legislation Committee today.

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Nearly 80 per cent of Australians believe high CEO salaries unethical


The second annual Governance Institute of Australia Ethics Index shows a continuing gap between Australians’ expectations and perceptions of the ethicality of behaviour in many sectors and industries. Executive pay proved especially troublesome, with 77  per cent of Australians believing a CEO salary of $3 million a year (i.e. 50 times the average Australian’s yearly income) is unethical. 


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New research confirms protections for whistleblowing ‘a must’


The interim findings of the  world’s largest research project into whistleblowing by Griffith University reinforces the need for a stand-alone, ‘one-stop-shop’ Act for corporate whistleblowers claims Governance Institute of Australia, saying that regulator -specific provisions across many pieces of legislation do not provide the best protection for those exposing misconduct.

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Directors must have the option to return insolvent companies to profitability


Governance Institute of Australia is of the strong view that directors must have the option to be able to return a company to profitability, claiming this will deliver better outcomes  for all stakeholders including creditors who are more likely to be paid as the business is returned to viability.

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