Exposure draft of the Business Names Registration Bill 2011 and related bills

Exposure draft of the Business Names Registration Bill 2011 and related bills

15 August 2011

© Commonwealth of Australia 2011
ISBN 978-1-74229-514-5

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Membership of Committee (PDF 25KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 200KB)

Referral of the bills
Overview of the bills
Background of the bills
Current business names registration processes
The merit of the proposed legislation
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - Provisions of the exposure draft bills (PDF 82KB)

Provisions of the bills

Chapter 3 - Non-government entities' restriction on accessing register information (PDF 203KB)

Relevant clauses and regulations
Entities' obligations under the AML/CTF Act
The current capacity of credit checking organisations to verify their data from state and territory business registers
The problem with draft regulation 9
Clause 77 of the bill and the difficulties in matching data
The Privacy Act and the Information Privacy Principles

Chapter 4 - Other issues relating to the bills (PDF 176KB)

Probate law and jurisdiction—clause 40 of the bill
Domain names
Opportunistic registration
A database with 'unsatisfied judgments'
An education campaign
Fees and formulas—Business Names Registration (Fees) Bill 2011
Committee view

Chapter 5 - The committee's view (PDF 80KB)

Non-government entities' ability to verify register information
Clause 40 of the bill and probate law
Intellectual property, trademarks and domain names
Fee provisions
Final comment

Coalition Senators' additional comments (PDF 21KB)
Submissions Received
Additional Information Received
Public Hearing and Witnesses
Information on State, Territory and Commonwealth Business Registers

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