Corporations Act 2001

CHAPTER 2M - FINANCIAL REPORTS AND AUDIT  

PART 2M.3 - FINANCIAL REPORTING  

Division 3 - Audit and auditor's report  

SECTION 311   REPORTING TO ASIC  

311(1)   Contravention by individual auditor.  

An individual auditor conducting an audit contravenes this subsection if:


(a) the auditor is aware of circumstances that:


(i) the auditor has reasonable grounds to suspect amount to a contravention of this Act; or

(ii) amount to an attempt, in relation to the audit, by any person to unduly influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead a person involved in the conduct of the audit (see subsection (6)); or

(iii) amount to an attempt, by any person, to otherwise interfere with the proper conduct of the audit; and


(b) if subparagraph (a)(i) applies:


(i) the contravention is a significant one; or

(ii) the contravention is not a significant one and the auditor believes that the contravention has not been or will not be adequately dealt with by commenting on it in the auditor ' s report or bringing it to the attention of the directors; and


(c) the auditor does not notify ASIC in writing of those circumstances as soon as practicable, and in any case within 28 days, after the auditor becomes aware of those circumstances.

311(2)   Contravention by audit company.  

An audit company conducting an audit contravenes this subsection if:


(a) the lead auditor for the audit is aware of circumstances that:


(i) the lead auditor has reasonable grounds to suspect amount to a contravention of this Act; or

(ii) amount to an attempt, in relation to the audit, by any person to unduly influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead a person involved in the conduct of the audit (see subsection (6)); or

(iii) amount to an attempt, by any person, to otherwise interfere with the proper conduct of the audit; and


(b) if subparagraph (a)(i) applies:


(i) the contravention is a significant one; or

(ii) the contravention is not a significant one and the lead auditor believes that the contravention has not been or will not be adequately dealt with by commenting on it in the auditor ' s report or bringing it to the attention of the directors; and


(c) the lead auditor does not notify ASIC in writing of those circumstances as soon as practicable, and in any case within 28 days, after the lead auditor becomes aware of those circumstances.

311(3)   Contravention by lead auditor.  

A person contravenes this subsection if:


(a) the person is the lead auditor for an audit; and


(b) the person is aware of circumstances that:


(i) the person has reasonable grounds to suspect amount to a contravention of this Act; or

(ii) amount to an attempt, in relation to the audit, by any person to unduly influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead a person involved in the conduct of the audit (see subsection (6)); or

(iii) amount to an attempt, by any person, to otherwise interfere with the proper conduct of the audit; and


(c) if subparagraph (b)(i) applies:


(i) the contravention is a significant one; or

(ii) the contravention is not a significant one and the person believes that the contravention has not been or will not be adequately dealt with by commenting on it in the auditor ' s report or bringing it to the attention of the directors; and


(d) the person does not notify ASIC in writing of those circumstances as soon as practicable, and in any case within 28 days, after the person becomes aware of those circumstances.

311(4)   Significant contraventions.  

In determining for the purposes of this section whether a contravention of this Act is a significant one, have regard to:


(a) the level of penalty provided for in relation to the contravention; and


(b) the effect that the contravention has, or may have, on:


(i) the overall financial position of the company, registered scheme or disclosing entity; or

(ii) the adequacy of the information available about the overall financial position of the company, registered scheme or disclosing entity; and


(c) any other relevant matter.

311(5)  


Without limiting paragraph (4)(a), a penalty provided for in relation to a contravention of a provision of Part 2M.2 or 2M.3 , or section 324DAA , 324DAB or 324DAC , includes a penalty imposed on a director, because of the operation of section 344 , for failing to take reasonable steps to comply with, or to secure compliance with, that provision.

311(6)   Person involved in an audit.  

In this section:

person involved in the conduct of an audit
means:


(a) the auditor; or


(b) the lead auditor for the audit; or


(c) the review auditor for the audit; or


(d) a professional member of the audit team for the audit; or


(e) any other person involved in the conduct of the audit.


 

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