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Resident director
& officer services
in Australia.

There are residency requirements for Australian company officers. Acclime will appoint an experienced and Australian-based Resident Director, Company Secretary and Resident Public Officer to expertly manage your compliance, legislative and regulatory requirements.

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Run your business efficiently with
our resident company officers.

Ensuring compliance

Leverage our years of experience in the market to achieve compliance for your business. No matter your company’s size, we can support and guide you in protecting your business interests.

Acting in good faith

Our appointees always have the best interests of your company at heart, and understand clearly that they are merely representatives of the shareholders when liaising with regulatory authorities.

Providing advice

Our appointees are experts on the Australian corporate, legal, and financial landscape, and so are well placed to offer advice on governance and compliance.

Resident director and officer services

Providing and acting as your resident officers.

It is a requirement that a company director be resident in Australia. Acclime specialises in providing expert appointees to fill the position for foreign companies transitioning to Australia and not ready to establish a high-level presence locally.

Essential resident company officer services.

  • Resident director

    This appointee will provide services that are required to be performed by a local director, including:

    • Signing documents for filing with regulatory authorities (e.g. ASIC, TGA and ATO)
    • Acting as the shareholder’s representative to ensure compliance
    • Liaising with regulatory authorities and financial institutions
    • Providing general advice about the Australian corporate, legal, and financial landscape
  • Resident company secretary

    This appointee will provide a complete range of corporate governance and compliance services, including:

    • Planning and managing Board, committee and shareholder meetings
    • Preparing and lodging official forms
    • Maintaining statutory registers
    • Providing general governance and compliance advice
  • Resident public officer

    This appointee will act as liaison with the ATO in:

    • Managing all correspondence and communication with the ATO
    • Acting as the authorised representative of the company
    • Signing official returns to be lodged with the ATO

Common questions.

What is an Australian resident director and why do I need one?

According to the Corporations Act 2001, all companies in Australia, both public (ending with “Ltd” or “Limited”) or private (ending in “Pty Ltd”) require one or more directors who “ordinarily reside” in Australia.

Private Companies require a minimum of one director, including at least one who must be a Resident Director (s201A(1)). There is no requirement for a Company Secretary in a private company, though if one has been appointed, they must also be a resident of Australia (s204A(1)).

Public Companies require a minimum of three directors, two of whom must ordinarily reside in Australia (s201A(2)). Public companies are also required to appoint at least one Company Secretary who must reside in Australia (s204A(2)).

Who can be a director of an Australian company?
  • The person must be over 18 years of age, and they must provide their consent
  • A private company or proprietary company will need to have at least one director who must ordinarily reside in Australia

The law does not allow you to a director of a company (without court consent) if:

  • You are currently bankrupt
  • You are still subject to a personal insolvency agreement or composition under the Bankruptcy Act 1966
  • Have been convicted of offences like fraud or breaching your duties as an officeholder
Can a non resident be a director of an Australian company?

Yes, a foreign tax resident can be a director of an Australian company provided that they fulfil all the eligibility requirements for directorship, and that the company also has a resident director appointed.

What are the consequences if I don’t have a resident director?

If a company does not have the requisite number of resident directors, it will be in breach of the Corporations Act 2001. This could result in the company paying penalties or being prosecuted for not meeting its statutory obligations.

What does it mean to ‘ordinarily reside’ in Australia?
‘Ordinarily resides’ is not a concept defined by the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) has not provided guidance on what constitutes a resident of Australia. It is up to the individual to determine whether they ‘ordinarily reside’ in Australia, taking into account all circumstances, including their tax residency, citizenship or right of residence, domicile, home address, etc.
Is director identification number mandatory?

From on 1 November 2021, new legislation mandates that all company directors must apply for and hold a valid ‘Director Identification Number’— otherwise known as a Director ID.

Company directors are required by law to apply for a director identification number (director ID).

A director ID is a unique identifier that a director will apply for once and keep forever – which will help prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities.

All directors of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation will need a director ID.

When you must apply depends on when you were appointed as a director:

  • New directors appointed for the first time between 1 November 2021 and 4 April 2022 must apply within 28 days of their appointment
  • From 5 April 2022, intending new directors must apply before being appointed
  • Directors appointed before 1 November 2021 have until 30 November 2022 to apply
Why do directors need a director ID?

Shareholders, employees, creditors, consumers, external administrators and regulators are entitled to know the names and certain details of the directors of a company.

All directors are required by law to verify their identity with us before receiving a director ID. This is important because it will help to:

  • Prevent the use of false or fraudulent director identities
  • Make it easier for external administrators and regulators to trace directors’ relationships with companies over time
  • Identify and eliminate director involvement in unlawful activity, such as illegal phoenix activity.

Illegal phoenix activity is when a company is liquidated, wound up or abandoned to avoid paying its debts. A new company is then started to continue the same business activities without the debt. When this happens:

  • Employees miss out on wages, superannuation and entitlements
  • Suppliers or sub-contractors are left unpaid
  • Other businesses are put at a competitive disadvantage
  • The community misses out on revenue that could have contributed to community services
How can Acclime help?
Acclime brings together a full suite of incorporation, hosting and compliance services under the one roof. Acclime can appoint an experienced and Australian-based Resident Director to expertly manage your compliance, legislative and regulatory requirements.
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Blair Lucas, Acclime Partner