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ASIC adopts a ‘no-action’ position and updates guidelines for virtual meetings

April 1, 2021

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ASIC adopts a ‘no-action’ position and updates guidelines for virtual meetings 

On the 29th of March 2021, ASIC had adopted a ‘no action’ position concerning the convening and holding of virtual meetings.

What does this mean?

It applies that your organisation (constitution depending) is allowed to run a virtual-only meeting and will not be in breach of the current Corporations Act, which without this ‘no-action’ guideline is traditionally only allowed to hold in-person or hybrid meetings.

To provide the market with a degree of certainty during this time, ASIC has extended its ‘no-action’ position as long as:

  1. supports the holding of meetings using appropriate technology
  2. facilitates electronic notice of meetings including supplementary notices
  3. allows more public companies an additional 2 months to hold their AGMs

This position relating to the convening and holding of meetings using virtual technology applies to meetings held between 21 March 2021 and the earlier of:

  1. 31 October 2021; and
  2. The date that any measures are passed by the Parliament relating to the use of virtual technology in meetings of companies or managed investment schemes.

The full text of the ‘no-action’ position is included in this release.

Commissioner Cathie Armour said, ‘It is important that business has certainty in the current environment. ASIC’s position is intended to facilitate businesses to hold their meetings effectively during the ongoing pandemic where there is still uncertainty around restrictions on gatherings and travel’.

ASIC understands the benefit of hybrid and virtual AGMs in the current circumstances but recognises that appropriate conduct of meetings is important to safeguard the rights of members to participate.

Accordingly, ASIC reissued its guidelines for investor meetings using virtual technology which lapsed with the expiry of the Determination. These guidelines have been updated to reflect the current no-action position.

How Vero Voting can help with your virtual or hybrid meeting?

Vero Voting’s platform satisfy ASIC’s requirements for a hybrid or virtual meeting:

  1. All members, shareholders, or voters can access the portal in advance to review relevant documentation
  2. Lodge their proxy nomination and vote
  3. Attend during the meeting and vote in realtime
  4. Ask questions or comment as the meeting progresses via Q&A / Chat box

With our voting platform, meeting managers have access to the management system portal where they administer and conduct the meeting seamlessly. The manager’s dashboard ensures the following:

  1. Quorum is met
  2. Open and Close live voting
  3. Accept and answer questions or comments in real-time
  4. Receive a mover and a seconder when a motion is proposed
  5. Operate live webcasting and slideshow presentation

For hybrid meetings, we have a kiosk to check-in arrivals and ensure they have voting access. Know more about our virtual and hybrid solutions.

Furthermore, ASIC’s ‘no-action’ position is temporary and will be reviewed in September 2021 or earlier if relevant measures are introduced by Parliament. For more detailed information about this news release, visit asic.gov.au

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