Corporate governance

Directors and company officers play an essential role in establishing and maintaining the standard of a company's corporate governance.

Corporate governance is a driver of the operations and performance of a company. The term 'corporate governance' is broad and has many components including relationships between stakeholders, frameworks, decision making and responsibility.

ASIC guidance

ASIC provides guidance to assist individuals and responsible entities to comply with their obligations, make good decisions and act in the best interests of investors.

We regularly engage with stakeholders on corporate governance-related issues through articles in external publications, speeches at events and the publications of reports, regulatory guides and information sheets.

The following articles, speeches and other publications detail ASIC’s viewpoint on aspects of corporate governance.

Other sources of guidance

Regulatory and best practice guidance in relation to matters of corporate governance can also be found at:

Guidance on matters of corporate governance – particularly directors' duties – can be found in the judgements of various Australian courts.

What's new

ASIC calls on Australian CEOs to review whistleblower policies

13 October 2021

ASIC has written to CEOs of public companies, large proprietary companies and trustees of registrable superannuation entities urging them to review their whistleblower policies to ensure they comply with the law.

ASIC to further extend financial reporting deadlines for listed and unlisted entities and amends ‘no action’ position for AGMs

13 May 2020

ASIC will extend the deadline for both listed and unlisted entities to lodge financial reports under Chapters 2M and 7 of the Corporations Act by one month for certain balance dates up to and including 7 July 2020 balance dates.

Reminders on director trading during COVID-19

7 May 2020

Considerations for directors (including directors of the responsible entity of a listed managed investment scheme) regarding the acquisition and disposal of securities and other financial products issued by their listed entity.

ASIC guidelines for investor meetings using virtual technology

6 May 2020

On 6 May 2020, temporary modifications to the Corporations Act under the Corporations (Coronavirus Economic Response) Determination (No. 1) 2020 (Determination) took effect. Read more.

Directors duties in the context of COVID-19

20 April 2020

The current evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19 present many challenges to companies, boards, management and their stakeholders. Read this article by Commissioner John Price.

Details of changes to ASIC regulatory work and priorities in light of COVID-19

14 April 2020

ASIC’s Close and Continuous Monitoring program has been suspended. However, ASIC will continue to monitor firms remotely, including through close working and information sharing arrangements with APRA.

Last updated: 20/10/2014 12:00