Statutory Review of the Meetings and Documents Amendments

Review chair
Dr Robert Austin AM

The independent panel for the Statutory Review of the Meetings and Documents Amendments was appointed by the Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services, the Hon Stephen Jones MP.

The panel will undertake the review in accordance with the terms of reference.


The panel consists of:

  • Dr Robert Austin AM – Chair
  • Ms Helen Bird
  • Ms Judith Fox.

Dr Robert Austin AM

Dr Robert Austin AM is a barrister, practising in areas such as commercial and corporations law, with significant corporate governance experience.

Dr Austin is a former judge of the New South Wales Supreme Court and has written extensively on corporate law and governance.

Ms Helen Bird

Ms Helen Bird is a senior lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.

She has a history of corporate social governance advocacy and is a regular commentator on corporate law, governance and corporate social responsibility.

Ms Judith Fox

Ms Judith Fox is the CEO of the Stockbrokers and Investment Advisers Association.

She is experienced in representing the interests of shareholders, and was previously the CEO of the Australian Shareholders' Association.

Terms of reference

The panel will review amendments made to the Corporations Act 2001 by:

  • Schedule 1 of the Treasury Laws Amendment (2021 Measures No.1) Act 2021, which made temporary changes that allowed companies and registered schemes to hold virtual meetings, electronically execute documents and transmit meetings-related documents electronically and
  • the Corporations Amendment (Meetings and Documents) Act 2022, which made the changes permanent and made further technology neutral enhancements.

See the Terms of reference


The panel is conducting public consultation to seek feedback on the effectiveness of the amendments.

The consultation is open from 24 June 2024 to 19 July 2024.

View the consultation


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