Law changes to help charitable trust boards comply with their rules

Legislation passed on 15 May 2020 gives charitable trust boards relief from certain obligations in their rules that they may not be able to fulfil due to COVID-19. It also enables them to make use of electronic means (including electronic voting and the use of electronic signatures) when their constitution or rules wouldn't normally permit this.

Starting a trust board

To incorporate a charitable trust board you must submit an application, along with the required documents.

A trust board can be established by individuals (trustees) or by an unincorporated society. There are different requirements for each when applying for incorporation.

Keeping details up to date

Once you've registered your charitable trust board, you're required by law to keep certain information about it up to date.

This includes your addresses, your board’s name, and any changes to the trust or the trust board’s rules.

News and notices

Dissolution notice — Charitable trust boards

Notice of dissolution of 16 charitable trust boards under section 26(1) Charitable Trusts Act 1957

Primary Register: Charitable Trusts Published:

We’re accepting ‘remote’ declarations during COVID-19

In response to the need for physical distancing during COVID-19, the Companies Office will, as a temporary measure, accept statutory declarations that meet the requirements of the Oaths and Declarations Act 1957 but are taken by alternative means.

Primary Register: Companies Register Published:

Law changes to help businesses through COVID-19

The COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill, introduced to Parliament on 5 May 2020, includes a wide range of measures to support businesses and other entities through the pandemic.

Primary Register: Companies Office Published: