Changes to the CATSI Act

More accountability, less red tape

The Australian Government is proposing reforms to strengthen and improve the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) 2006 (CATSI Act). The reforms are intended to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations by reducing red tape, especially for small corporations. Other proposed changes seek to increase transparency for members. There are also minor changes to streamline and clarify some parts of the CATSI Act.

The proposed changes cover the topics of:

  • size classifications
  • rule books
  • prohibited names
  • business structures
  • meetings and reporting
  • membership
  • transparency of senior executives
  • related third parties
  • special administrations
  • voluntary deregistration
  • compliance powers.

For details of the proposed changes, download:

  • a three-page summary (PDF 192kb)
  • the 24-page discussion paper (PDF 358kb)—including information on making a written submission, and questions for you to consider
  • a PDF of the presentation we're using to frame the consultation (1.3mb)—including illustrations and examples.

Be involved

To ensure that the proposed changes will work and benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations as intended, we will undertake consultations around Australia—see below for the schedule.

We also welcome written submissions, to CATSIreview@oric.gov.au, by 16 September.

When Where
Tuesday, 7 August, 3.30–5.30pm Coffs Harbour
Ex Services Club
2–6 Vernon Street
Wednesday, 8 August, 3.30–5.30pm Darwin
Vibe Hotel
Darwin Waterfront
7 Kitchener Drive
Monday, 13 August, 3.30–5.30pm Broome
Mangrove Hotel
47 Carnarvon St
Thursday, 16 August, 3.30–5.30pm Kununurra
Kimberley Grande Resort
20 Victoria Highway
Tuesday, 21 August, 3.30–5.30pm Alice Springs
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels
82 Barrett Drive
Alice Springs
Wednesday, 22 August, 3.30–5.30pm Perth
Liberty conference room
Ground floor
197 St Georges Terrace
Friday, 24 August, 12.30–2.30pm Adelaide
Mezzanine level,
26 Franklin Street
Monday, 27 August, 3.30–5.30pm Cairns
Tjapukai
4 Skyrail Drive
Caravonica
Tuesday, 28 August, 10am–12noon Dubbo
Dubbo RSL Club Resort
Cnr Brisbane and Wingewarra streets
Wednesday, 29 August, 3.30–5.30pm Sydney
National Centre for Indigenous Excellence
166–180 George Street
Redfern (Sydney)
Wednesday, 29 August, 6–8pm Thursday Island
Port Kennedy Hall
64–66 Douglas St
Monday, 3 September, 10.30am–12.30pm Melbourne
Novotel Melbourne St Kilda
16 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Thursday, 13 September, 12.30pm–2.00pm Canberra
Centraplaza, ground floor—Warlpiri room
16 Bowes Place, Woden
Friday, 14 September, 10.30am–12.30pm Brisbane
Christie Conference Spaces
320 Adelaide Street

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After the consultation

We will use comments and feedback from stakeholders to help identify any issues with implementing the proposed amendments to the CATSI Act, and to ensure corporations can comply with them.

Feedback will also be used in the preparation of guidance and support to help corporations understand and implement the changes when they take effect.

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Background: Technical review of the CATSI Act

On 5 July 2017, the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, announced that ORIC would lead a technical review of the CATSI Act.

The technical review was conducted in late 2017 and included stakeholder consultation. The CATSI Act commenced on 1 July 2007, and this was the first time a comprehensive review had been undertaken since the legislation came into effect. The purpose of the review was to explore ways to strengthen and improve the CATSI Act and aligning it with recent changes in corporate law and regulation, particularly in the Corporations Act 2001. The following documents explain the scope of the review and introduce the issues:

The review found a range of opportunities to make the law stronger and allow corporations to use it more effectively. Based on recommendations from the review, drafting of a Bill to amend the CATSI Act is now in progress.