House of Representatives Committees

Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Workplace Relations

Inquiry into employee share ownership in Australian enterprises

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Inquiry into employee share ownership in Australian enterprises

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Front Pages (PDF format)

      Membership of the Committee
      Terms of reference
      List of abbreviations and glossary
      Executive summary
      List of recommendations

Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF format)

Chapter 2 - ESOPs antipodean fables: nature and rationale (PDF format)

      Employee share plans in Australia

Chapter 3 - Aligning interests: employee share plans and public policy (PDF format)

      The current legislative arrangements
      Focusing employee share plan legislation
      Reducing misuse
      Employee share plans and broader policy considerations

Chapter 4 - Administration and taxation arrangements (PDF format)

      Trusts and the effect of the Ralph Review of Business Taxation
      Deferring tax or electing to be taxed up front
      Rates of taxation
      Valuation issues
      Valuation of unlisted options
      The $1000 tax exemption
      The 5 per cent limitation
      The "No forfeiture" requirements
      Equities other than ordinary shares
      Time restriction on share sales
      Australian legislation and foreign employers and employees

Chapter 5 - Further initiatives to facilitate the growth of employee share plans (PDF format)

      The Corporations law and employee share plans
      Corporate governance, disclosure issues and the stability of the financial system
      Equity issues

Appendix A - Conduct of the inquiry (PDF format)

Appendix B - List of submissions (PDF format)

Appendix C - List of exhibits (PDF format)

Appendix D - List of hearings & witnesses

Appendix E - Statistical information (PDF format)

Appendix F - Employee share plans in other countries (PDF format)

Appendix G - Newspaper reports (PDF format)

Dissenting Report (PDF format)

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