Running of companies

Disputes between officeholders and/or members of small proprietary companies generally relate to the legal rights of those involved under the constitution of the company. As such, they do not affect consumers or investors in the broader community. Please read the following information on resolving these disputes:

  • Disputes between officeholders and/or members of small proprietary companies (INFO 162)

Watch our Youtube video on Disputes between officeholders and/or members of small proprietary companies.

Or read the transcript.

  • Misconduct within a company under external administration (INFO 175)

Companies limited by guarantee: For information about companies limited by guarantee such as recreational (sports and bowling clubs), cultural and charitable organisations, please read:

  • Companies limited by guarantee - Disputes about members' rights (INFO 215)

Failing to pay debts: If you are concerned about phoenix activity, please read:

Watch our YouTube video about Illegal phoenix activity.

Or read the transcript.

For disputes about small proprietary companies failing to pay debts please read:

  • Disputes about unpaid debts: Small proprietary companies (INFO 173)

Watch our YouTube video on Disputes about unpaid debts: Small proprietary companies.

Or read the transcript.

Accessing company information: If you are a member of a company and you are concerned about accessing the companies information see:

  • Disputes about access to company information (INFO 186).

For information about the use of the words 'Limited', 'No Liability' or 'Proprietary' in a company name see:

  • Using 'Limited', 'No Liability' or 'Proprietary' in a name (INFO 189).

For disputes involving a business that is not a registered company (i.e. it does not have an ACN) - for example, about unpaid debts, contact: State or territory consumer affairs

We also recommend you seek legal advice to discuss the matter or resolve it through mediation. If you are unsure of how to access legal advice contact the Law Society in your state or territory.

If there is evidence that a company or company officer has acted illegally we may consider taking action:

Where ASIC can help


Guidance for company officers and company auditors on the whistleblower protection regime

30 June 2020

Information sheets to help companies, company officers and company auditors understand and comply with their whistleblower protection obligations

Whistleblower protections

Answers to common questions on the rights and protections for whistleblowers

Business ethics: New challenges, better theories, practical solutions
A speech by ASIC Commissioner John Price, 9 December 2019. John discusses the important role whistleblowing can play in fostering an ethical culture for business.

ASIC gives guidance on companies’ whistleblower policies and relief to small not-for-profits
Media release 19-308MR. 13 November 2019

Whistleblower protections for not-for-profit organisations, 29 May 2019


Whistleblowers and the Corporations Act

Corporations Act Whistleblowing

ASIC Executive Director Warren Day talks about whistleblowers and the important role they play in identifying and calling out misconduct and harm to consumers and the community.

Read the transcript

ASIC and whistleblowers

Asic Whistleblower Thmb

ASIC Executive Director Warren Day discusses when ASIC will act on whistleblowing information.

Read the transcript

Fair Work Ombudsman

You can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman if you would like to report someone who isn't complying with workplace laws or you need help in resolving a workplace issue.

Last updated: 30/03/2021 09:25