Corporations Act 2001



SECTION 283AC   WHO CAN BE A TRUSTEE   Who can be trustee

The trustee must be:

(a) the Public Trustee of any State or Territory; or

(aa) a licensed trustee company; or

(b) a body corporate authorised by a law of any State or Territory to take in its own name a grant of probate of the will, or letters of administration of the estate, of a deceased person; or

(c) a body corporate registered under section 21 of the Life Insurance Act 1995 ; or

(d) an Australian ADI; or

(e) a body corporate, all of whose shares are held beneficially by a body corporate or bodies corporate of the kind referred to in paragraph (b), (c) or (d) if that body or those bodies:

(i) are liable for all of the liabilities incurred, or to be incurred, by the trustee as trustee; or

(ii) have subscribed for and beneficially hold shares in the trustee and there is an uncalled liability of at least $500,000 in respect of those shares that can only be called up if the trustee becomes a Chapter 5 body corporate (see section 254N ); or

(f) a body corporate approved by ASIC (see section 283GB ).

Note: Section 283BD provides that if the borrower becomes aware that the trustee cannot be a trustee, the trustee must be replaced.

Circumstances in which a person cannot be trustee

A person may only be appointed or act as trustee (except to the extent provided for by section 283AD ) if the appointment or acting will not result in a conflict of interest or duty. This subsection is not intended to affect any rule of law or equity.


An offence based on subsection (1) or (2) is an offence of strict liability.

Note: For strict liability , see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .


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