Corporations Amendment (Improving Accountability on Director and Executive Remuneration) Bill 2011

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Corporations Act 2001
  to: provide for a ‘two strikes and re-election’ process when a company’s remuneration report receives a 25 per cent or more ‘no’ vote in two consecutive years; require the company board or remuneration committee to approve any remuneration consultancy contract; require remuneration consultants to report to non-executive directors or the remuneration committee; require remuneration consultants and boards to declare a recommendation is made free from undue influence; require companies to disclose certain details relating to a remuneration consultant; prohibit directors and executives from voting their shares on remuneration resolutions; prohibit hedging of incentive remuneration; require shareholder approval for declarations of ‘no vacancy’ at annual general meetings; require that non-chair proxies vote as directed when they vote on a poll; and confine disclosures in the remuneration report to key management personnel. 

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House of Representatives
23 Feb 2011Introduced and read a first time
23 Feb 2011Second reading moved
24 Mar 2011Second reading debate
10 May 2011Second reading debate
11 May 2011Second reading debate
12 May 2011Second reading debate
12 May 2011Second reading agreed to
12 May 2011Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 4 Government agreed to
12 May 2011Third reading agreed to
14 Jun 2011Introduced and read a first time
14 Jun 2011Second reading moved
20 Jun 2011Second reading debate
20 Jun 2011Second reading agreed to
20 Jun 2011Committee of the Whole debate
20 Jun 2011Third reading agreed to

20 Jun 2011Text of bill as passed both Houses
27 Jun 2011Assent

Act no.: 42

Year: 2011

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