Company Registration

Everything you need to know about starting and running, including how to nominate directors and shareholders.

Are there age restrictions for officeholders?

All directors involved in an Australian proprietary company must be at least 18 years of age.

Shareholders, also known as members, do not have to meet the above requirement. However, they do need to be able to understand their rights and responsibilities within the company and consent to the issue of shares.

A company can establish its own minimum age specification for members.

It is assumed that upon registration the member has given their written consent to become a shareholder in the new company.

N.B. In order to obtain an ABN all directors and shareholders will need to provide their TFN. If a minor does not have a TFN they will need to apply for one or alternatively, the member will need to be removed from their shareholding position. To do so you will need to contact ASIC directly and submit a Form 484. 

This information is of a general nature only and does not constitute professional advice. You must seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances before acting.

Updated — Dec 14, 2016

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