Changes to “large proprietary company” thresholds to commence 1 July
A company that is a “large proprietary company” under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) is subject to particular obligations, chiefly to prepare and lodge with ASIC audited accounts for each financial year. The Federal Government recently made the Corporations Amendment (Proprietary Company Thresholds) Regulations 2019 (the Regulations), which will commence on 1 July 2019. The Regulations amend the definition of ‘large proprietary company’ by doubling the revenue, assets and employee thresholds. Before the Regulations commence, existing large proprietary companies should assess whether they will still be classified as large, to avoid incurring unnecessary compliance costs.
A proprietary company will be classified as large if it satisfies at least two of the following criteria, noting the adjusted thresholds:
|Threshold before 1 July 2019||Threshold applying from 1 July 2019|
|The consolidated revenue for the financial year of the company and entities it controls is:||$25 million or more||$50 million or more|
|The value of the consolidated gross assets at the end of the financial year of the company and entities it controls is:||$12.5 million||$25 million or more|
|The number of employees of the company and entities it controls at the end of the financial year is:||50 or more||100 or more|
Under the Corporations Act, a large proprietary company is obliged to:
Companies that are no longer large proprietary companies will not be subject to these obligations but are required to:
The doubling of the thresholds will relieve a significant number of companies from the financial reporting and whistleblower obligations under the Corporations Act. Check your company’s status in advance of 1 July to ensure you are aware of your obligations.