CATSI fact sheets

The fact sheets below are short and provide information on particular topics about the CATSI Act and running corporations.

They're also available in hard copy—call 1800 622 431 or email publications@oric.gov.au.

Fact sheets

A corporation's rule book: what you need to know

The rules that guide how each corporation should be run are set out in their rule book. 

This fact sheet provides a summary of what's usually in a rule book and provides a list of provisions from the CATSI Act that deal with the internal governance of corporations. Including which rules can be replaced by corporations in their rule book.

Published: November 2018

Amalgamation—information for existing corporations

Under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 two or more existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporations can apply to form a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation. This is called amalgamating.

This fact sheet provides an overview of the process for corporations to amalgamate and includes an example letter to creditors and minutes for a general meeting of members.

Published: May 2016

Becoming a corporation member

This fact sheet covers key rules of corporation membership. It also explains how a person becomes and stops being a member of an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation.

Published: March 2020

Contact persons and secretaries

The size of your corporation determines whether it needs a contact person or a secretary. Small and medium corporations have a contact person and large corporations have a secretary.

A contact person acts as a mail box for their corporation—their job is to pass on all communications (letters, emails, telephone calls and messages) to at least one of the directors of the corporation within 14 days of receiving them.

A secretary is also the central contact point for their corporation but they have additional duties. Because large corporations usually have greater legal responsibilities and more administrative tasks to perform, the secretary's role is to assist the directors in meeting them.

Published: April 2020

Dispute resolution

Poorly handled disputes can significantly affect a corporation, its members and everyday business. Under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act) the Registrar can help corporations find a way to solve disagreements and problems (disputes).

(Publishing: minor update 2017)

Published: January 2013

Disqualification from managing corporations under the CATSI Act

This fact sheet is intended as a quick overview of the topic disqualification from managing corporations under the CATSI Act.

Published: October 2015

Duties of directors and other officers

The Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 sets out the duties required of directors and other officers. These duties are consistent with the duties under common law and in the Corporations Act 2001.

(Publishing: minor update 2017)

Published: April 2014

Handling complaints

Running a corporation is not always easy. People have different experiences and opinions, and sometimes things go wrong. But with the right attitude and a good process, responding to a complaint can strengthen a corporation.

This fact sheet sets out what corporations should consider in designing their own complaints-handling policy and procedures.

Published: June 2020

Lodge online

Under the CATSI Act corporations must lodge reports and notify the Registrar of certain changes to corporation information. This is so the Registrar can maintain the Register of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations.

You can lodge at online.oric.gov.au

This fact sheet sets out who can lodge, what can be lodged and how to apply for a user account.

Published: November 2018

Making a complaint about a corporation

If you are dissatisfied with a corporation’s service, conduct or performance, you can make a complaint. When you do, make sure you are very clear on your concerns, and give people a chance to respond effectively.

Published: June 2020

Meetings for directors

Directors must hold regular directors’ meetings to ensure that the business of the corporation is on track and looked after. Directors must attend and take an active part in directors’ meetings.

This fact sheet covers the business of directors' meetings, how to call and prepare for a meeting, running the meeting and what to do after.

Published: November 2018

Members' rights

As a member of a corporation you have certain rights. If you know what they are, it puts you in a better position to play an active part in your corporation.

(Publishing: minor update 2017)

Published: January 2013