Corporations Act 2001

CHAPTER 9 - MISCELLANEOUS  

PART 9.4B - CIVIL CONSEQUENCES OF CONTRAVENING CIVIL PENALTY PROVISIONS  

Division 2 - Procedural and other matters relating to orders by the Court  

SECTION 1317QC   MISTAKE OF FACT  

1317QC(1)  
A person is not liable to have a declaration of contravention or an order under Division 1 made against the person for a contravention of a civil penalty provision if:


(a) at or before the time of the conduct constituting the contravention, the person:


(i) considered whether or not facts existed; and

(ii) was under a mistaken but reasonable belief about those facts; and


(b) had those facts existed, the conduct would not have constituted a contravention of the civil penalty provision.

1317QC(2)  
For the purposes of subsection (1), a person may be regarded as having considered whether or not facts existed if:


(a) the person had considered, on a previous occasion, whether those facts existed in the circumstances surrounding that occasion; and


(b) the person honestly and reasonably believed that the circumstances surrounding the present occasion were the same, or substantially the same, as those surrounding the previous occasion.

1317QC(3)  
A person who wishes to rely on subsection (1) or (2) in proceedings for a declaration of contravention or an order under Division 1 bears an evidential burden in relation to that matter.

1317QC(4)  
In subsection (3), evidential burden , in relation to a matter, means the burden of adducing or pointing to evidence that suggests a reasonable possibility that the matter exists or does not exist.


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