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Business Names Registration Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business Names Registration Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act in relation to business names, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

Division 2—Definitions                                                                                                 3

3............ Dictionary........................................................................................... 3

4............ Business.............................................................................................. 6

5............ Entities................................................................................................ 6

6............ Notified State/Territory registers......................................................... 7

Division 3—Constitutional basis and application of this Act and the Transitional Act 9

7............ Constitutional basis for this Act and the Transitional Act................... 9

8............ Meaning of referring/adopting State ................................................. 10

9............ Meaning of referred business names matter .................................... 12

10.......... General application of this Act and the Transitional Act................... 14

11.......... Government bodies not liable to prosecution.................................... 14

Division 4—Interaction between business names legislation and State and Territory laws        16

12.......... Concurrent operation intended.......................................................... 16

13.......... When business names legislation does not apply.............................. 16

14.......... Avoiding direct inconsistency between Commonwealth and State and Territory laws             17

15.......... Regulations to deal with interaction between laws............................ 19

Division 5—Objects of this Act and consequences of registration      21

16.......... Objects of this Act............................................................................ 21

17.......... Consequences of registration of a business name............................. 21

Part 2—Offences relating to business names                                                       23

18.......... Offence—carrying on a business under an unregistered business name  23

19.......... Offence—must include business name in written communications... 23

20.......... Offence—must display business name at places open to public........ 26

21.......... Offence—carrying on a business under a business name while disqualified            27

Part 3—Registering a business name                                                                        29

22.......... The Business Names Register........................................................... 29

23.......... Application to register a business name............................................ 29

24.......... Decision to register a business name to an entity.............................. 30

25.......... Is a business name available to an entity?......................................... 30

26.......... Identical or nearly identical names..................................................... 32

27.......... Undesirable names............................................................................ 32

28.......... Restricted words and expressions..................................................... 32

29.......... Priority.............................................................................................. 33

30.......... Refusal for failure to pay registration fee on time.............................. 33

31.......... Consent applications......................................................................... 34

32.......... Disqualified entities........................................................................... 35

33.......... Steps taken by ASIC to register a business name to an entity........... 37

34.......... Refusal to register............................................................................. 38

Part 4—Obligations to give information to ASIC                                             40

35.......... Notifying changes—entity that gives information to ASIC............... 40

36.......... Obligation to notify ASIC if entity becomes disqualified.................. 40

37.......... Obligation to give ASIC information if requested............................. 40

38.......... Notifying ASIC of bankruptcy, insolvency etc................................. 42

39.......... Notifying ASIC of appointment of a legal personal representative... 43

40.......... Notification by successor in relation to a deceased estate.................. 44

41.......... Federal Court may order information be given to ASIC................... 45

Part 5—Cancelling the registration of a business name                                46

42.......... Cancellation—request by entity to whom business name is registered 46

43.......... Cancellation—ASIC becomes aware of matter that would have affected registration decision 46

44.......... Cancellation—entity is disqualified................................................... 47

45.......... Cancellation—Ministerial determination revoked.............................. 47

46.......... Cancellation—failure to satisfy a condition of registration................ 47

47.......... Cancellation—entity not carrying on a business under the business name               48

48.......... Cancellation—failure to provide information.................................... 48

49.......... Cancellation—registration has expired.............................................. 49

50.......... Cancellation—entity to whom business name registered ceases to exist.. 50

51.......... Cancellation—business name used in infringement of trade mark.... 50

52.......... Notification of cancellation of business name................................... 50

53.......... Notice requirements in relation to partnerships, unincorporated associations, trusts and joint ventures   50

54.......... Business name held during review period for cancellation decision.. 51

Part 6—Renewing the registration of a business name                                 53

55.......... Application to renew registration...................................................... 53

Part 7—Review                                                                                                                       55

56.......... Reviewable decisions........................................................................ 55

57.......... Internal review of certain decisions................................................... 57

58.......... Administrative review of certain decisions........................................ 59

59.......... Payment of registration fee if business name to be registered as result of review     59

Part 8—Accessing the Business Names Register                                                61

60.......... Access to certain information in the Business Names Register by request               61

61.......... Certain information to be publicly available...................................... 62

62.......... Certain information to be made available to government bodies........ 62

Part 9—Administration                                                                                                     64

63.......... ASIC’s functions and powers........................................................... 64

64.......... Directions by Minister...................................................................... 64

65.......... Arrangements with States and Territories......................................... 65

66.......... ASIC may arrange for use of computer programs to make decisions 65

67.......... Forms for documents to be lodged with ASIC................................. 65

68.......... Manner in which documents to be lodged with ASIC...................... 66

69.......... ASIC may refuse to receive document etc......................................... 67

70.......... Fees are payable to ASIC on behalf of the Commonwealth.............. 68

71.......... When is an application fee fully paid?............................................... 68

72.......... Waiver and refund of fees................................................................. 68

73.......... Address for receipt of notices........................................................... 69

74.......... ASIC may destroy or dispose of certain documents......................... 69

75.......... ASIC may issue formal warning....................................................... 69

76.......... Interaction with Australian Business Register................................... 69

77.......... Protection of confidentiality of information....................................... 70

78.......... Liability for damages......................................................................... 71

79.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 72

80.......... Minister may delegate prescribed functions and powers under this Act 72

Part 10—General                                                                                                                   74

81.......... Application of this Act to partnerships.............................................. 74

82.......... Principal contact of a partnership...................................................... 74

83.......... Application of this Act to unincorporated associations and bodies... 75

84.......... Principal contact of an unincorporated association or body............... 76

85.......... Application of this Act to a trust with 2 or more trustees.................. 76

86.......... Principal contact of a trust................................................................. 77

87.......... Joint ventures.................................................................................... 78

88.......... Application in the Territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands      80

89.......... Entities that have ceased to exist........................................................ 80

90.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 81

Schedule 1—Notified State/Territory registers                               82

1............ New South Wales............................................................................. 82

2............ Victoria............................................................................................. 82

3............ Queensland....................................................................................... 83

4............ Western Australia.............................................................................. 83

5............ South Australia................................................................................. 83

6............ Tasmania........................................................................................... 84

7............ Australian Capital Territory............................................................... 84

8............ Northern Territory............................................................................. 85

 



A Bill for an Act in relation to business names, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Notified State/Territory registers

Note:       See section 6.

   

   

1   New South Wales

                   Each of the following registers of New South Wales is specified:

                     (a)  the Register of Co-operatives established under the Co-operatives Act 1992 of New South Wales;

                     (b)  the Register of Incorporated Associations established under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 of New South Wales;

                     (c)  the Register of Limited and Incorporated Limited Partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1892 of New South Wales;

                     (d)  the register of co-operative housing societies and Starr-Bowkett societies established under the Co-operative Housing and Starr-Bowkett Societies Act 1998 of New South Wales;

                     (e)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

2   Victoria

                   Each of the following registers of Victoria is specified:

                     (a)  the Register of Co-operatives established under the Co-operatives Act 1996 of Victoria;

                     (b)  the register of incorporated associations established under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 of Victoria;

                     (c)  the Register of Incorporated Limited Partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1958 of Victoria;

                     (d)  the Register of Limited Partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1958 of Victoria;

                     (e)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

3   Queensland

                   Each of the following registers of Queensland is specified:

                     (a)  the register of incorporated associations established under the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 of Queensland;

                     (b)  the register of cooperatives, foreign cooperatives and cooperative charges established under the Cooperatives Act 1997 of Queensland;

                     (c)  the register of incorporated limited partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1891 of Queensland;

                     (d)  the register of the current addresses of incorporated church entities (other than the Corporation of the Bishops) that the Corporation of the Bishops is obliged to keep under the Roman Catholic Church (Incorporation of Church Entities) Act 1994 of Queensland;

                     (e)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (d), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

4   Western Australia

                   Each of the following registers of Western Australia is specified:

                     (a)  the register of co-operatives established under the Co-operatives Act 2009 of Western Australia;

                     (b)  the register of foreign co-operatives established under the Co-operatives Act 2009 of Western Australia;

                     (c)  the register of associations incorporated by the issue of a certificate of incorporation under the Associations Incorporation Act 1987 of Western Australia;

                     (d)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

5   South Australia

                   Each of the following registers of South Australia is specified:

                     (a)  the register of incorporated co-operatives continued in existence under the Co-operatives Act 1997 of South Australia;

                     (b)  the register of incorporated associations established under the Associations Incorporation Act 1985 of South Australia;

                     (c)  the Register of Limited Partnerships and Incorporated Limited Partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1891 of South Australia;

                     (d)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

6   Tasmania

                   Each of the following registers of Tasmania is specified:

                     (a)  the Register of Cooperatives established under the Cooperatives Act 1999 of Tasmania;

                     (b)  the register of associations incorporated by the issue of a certificate of incorporation under the Associations Incorporation Act 1964 of Tasmania;

                     (c)  the Register of Limited Partnerships and Incorporated Limited Partnerships established under Partnership Act 1891 of Tasmania;

                     (d)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

7   Australian Capital Territory

                   Each of the following registers of the Australian Capital Territory is specified:

                     (a)  the cooperatives register established under the Cooperatives Act 2002 of the Australian Capital Territory;

                     (b)  the register of associations incorporated by the issue of a certificate of incorporation under the Associations Incorporation Act 1991 of the Australian Capital Territory;

                     (c)  the register of incorporated limited partnerships established under the Partnership Act 1963 of the Australian Capital Territory;

                     (d)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

8   Northern Territory

                   Each of the following registers of the Northern Territory is specified:

                     (a)  the Register of Co-operatives established under the Co-operatives Act of the Northern Territory;

                     (b)  the register of associations incorporated by the issue of a certificate of incorporation under the Associations Act of the Northern Territory;

                     (c)  any register of the same kind as a register mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b), established in substitution for a register mentioned in one of those paragraphs.

(153/11)