Guidelines for ministerial consent-restricted words and expressions-stock or securities or futures exchange

‘Stock Exchange’, ‘Securities Exchange’, ‘Securities Market’ and ‘Futures Exchange’ are restricted expressions under Part 1 of Schedule 2 of the Names Determination.

Criteria for the assessment of applications

Applicants seeking Ministerial consent to the use of the expressions ‘Stock Exchange’, ‘Securities Exchange’, ‘Securities Market’ and ‘Futures Exchange’, or words having a similar meaning, in a proposed business name will need to demonstrate:

(a) the Commonwealth Minister has granted a market licence in relation to the entity, or exempted the entity from the operation of Part 7.2 of the Corporations Act 2001

(b) if it is clear from the context in which the words are used in a business name that there is no suggestion that the business is or will be acting as a stock exchange, securities exchange, securities market and futures market. An example of this would be ‘Stock Exchange Hotel’ or ‘Stock Exchange Newsagency’.

Further links


Business Names Registration Act 2011

This Act details the legislative framework for business names in Australia.

Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2015


This Determination provides the rules for determining whether proposed business names are identical or nearly identical, restricted words and expressions, and the kinds of names that are undesirable.

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Last updated: 30/04/2014 12:00