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About Corporate Governance

We're here to help you

The aim of this site is to provide communities with the tools, templates and information to ensure each organization meets it legal obligations under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 2006 (CATSI ACT) and the “Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations” (ORIC).

On The Ground Person

The role of the “On the Ground person” will be to assist your organization with the following:

  • Identify if there are any gaps in the Board’s practices
  • Help to ensure an organization stays compliant with all applicable legislation (laws).
  • Educate boards about what good Corporate Governance practices look like.
  • Develop educational materials for boards and community use.
  • Assist boards to develop and implement policies, procedure and programs in line with current legislation, standards, quality assurance and risk management
  • Ensure best practice and legislative compliance is maintained
  • Co-ordinate Board communications and Community engagement
  • Facilitate the empowerment of indigenous Corporations by promoting self-determination

What we can help you with

  1. Keep register of members up-to-date

    Make sure the register has the following information for every person who is or has been a member:

    the person's name and address the date that person became a member the date that person ceased to be a member (if applicable)

    (Note: the register of members is a continuing record and if kept correctly, it will help to resolve any disputes about who is a member.)

  2. Know your role and responsibilities

    Make sure the directors fully understand their role and responsibilities

  3. Know your rules

    Know your rule book (constitution). Encourage your members to learn about it.

  4. Know your money position

    Make sure you know about the money position, or use your auditor more often (say every three months) to check that your staff are managing the money properly (a good auditor will do this for the directors).

  5. Taxes

    Make sure that tax matters are handled correctly, in particular the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Pay As You Go (PAYG) and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). Make sure the Superannuation Guarantee contributions are paid for all your staff.

  6. Attendance

    Make sure a director is at every meeting when the funding agency(s) come to visit.

  7. Insurance

    Make sure the corporation's property is insured. Check that insurance policies are renewed on (or before) the due date.

  8. Assets

    Be careful to only use the corporation's assets in line with funding conditions (most will say that personal use is not allowed). Better still, make a policy about this for everyone to see and use.

  9. Minutes of meetings

    Make sure you keep minutes of every meeting of the corporation. Minutes should say what type of meeting you had (AGM, general meeting or directors' meeting, what day it was held, who came, and what decisions were made).

  10. Hold an annual general meeting

    Make sure you have an AGM every year (usually before 30 November).

  11. SOURCE: http://www.oric.gov.au/run-corporation/corporate-governance#what-is-corporate-governance

Checklists for your community


The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (the CATSI Act) was passed by the Australian Parliament in October 2006. It began on 1 July 2007, replacing the Aboriginal Councils and Associations Act 1976 (ACA Act). Under the CATSI Act, laws governing Indigenous corporations have been modernised while still retaining the special measures to meet the specific needs of Indigenous people.

SOURCE: http://www.oric.gov.au/catsi-act/about-catsi-act#corporations-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-act-2006

Please follow the link below to find out more about the CATSI Act.