Digital gets the Australian Government’s approval in new relief measures

The Australian Federal Government’s latest relief legislation highlights the growing value of digital technologies for companies and boards.

By AnsaradaTue Aug 24 2021Industry news and trends, Innovation, CEO-CFO, Security and risk management

digital gets approval in new relief measures
It’s widely accepted that the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly accelerated the adoption of technology, as businesses have turned to digital solutions amid physical limitations. Now, it seems that legislation is finally stepping up to keep pace with the change.

On August 10th, the Federal Government passed legislation renewing temporary relief that ‘allows companies to use technology to meet regulatory requirements under the Corporations Act 2001’. 

The new legislation amends the Corporations Act to enable the use of technology in meetings, to execute company documents and to send meeting-related materials electronically.

Among the benefits, the temporary relief will:
  • Give companies the option to hold meetings physically in person, virtually, or a hybrid of the two

  • Allow meeting materials to be distributed to members electronically

  • Allow companies to execute documents electronically, including the digital signing of documents.

Many of these relief measures were initially introduced in May 2020, but expired in March of this year. While the current update is only temporary, it is being done with a view to making more permanent changes down the line. 

The new measures signify the government’s recognition of the ability of technology to facilitate these processes safely and efficiently. Even more importantly, it demonstrates their willingness to support the shift.

The message is loud and clear

Online meetings are valid. Technology can afford boards and companies securities and efficiencies that are simply impossible with ‘in-person’ and physical interactions. Digital is an essential space to operate in - particularly for companies who want to work agile and scale.

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