Why do I need a Certificate of Good Standing of an Australian Company?

October 25, 2016

Australian companies looking to do business overseas are often required to provide information about their company to foreign governments, banks, other lenders or potential investors.

If your company has been required by a foreign entity to provide evidence of its existence in Australia, you may have been asked for the following documents (many of the names below are interchangeable and have similar meanings across different countries)

Certificate of Incorporation:

A Certificate of Incorporation is a document relating to the formation of a company or corporation and it is sometimes called Articles of Incorporation. In Australia, this document is produced by ASIC.

Certificate of Incumbency:

A Certificate of Incumbency is a document identifying a company’s directors, corporate officers and company secretary.

Memorandum & Articles of Association:

A company’s Articles of Association is a document which, along with the memorandum of association (if applicable) refer to a Company’s Constitution. These documents set out the duties and powers of the directors, the relationship between a company’s shareholders and its directors the type of business to be undertaken by the company.

We provide Notarial Certificates of Good Standing for Australian companies that cover all the documents referred to above and which contain the following information:

  • evidence of the company’s incorporation
  • that is has been in continuous existence since the date of incorporation
  • the directors and officeholders of the company
  • that a company’s directors can execute documents on its behalf
  • the registered office and principal place of business
  • that it is not in liquidation, receivership or administration
  • that it is not facing strike off action by ASIC
  • enclosing the company’s Articles of Association and Constitution

In Australia, a Notary Public is a lawyer who is authorised to issue documents for use overseas. Our Notary Public who is based in the Sydney CBD can prepare and execute of Certificates of Good Standing in respect of an Australian Company, upon the inspection of the Company’s ASIC records. We can easily obtain the relevant records.

Our lawyers are experts in Corporations law and this makes us the Notary Public of choice for Australian companies.

If you require a Certificate of Good Standing email us at mailto:mtwemlow@twemlowpartners.com.au, send us an online enquiry and we will respond to you as soon as possible.