ASX provides further information on its major rewrite to the Listing Rules and Guidance Notes, due to take effect on 1 December 2019. Additional changes to Guidance Note 9 will take effect on 1 January 2020 to coincide with the Fourth Edition of the Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations.
ASIC has released its draft regulatory guide for implementing a whistleblower policy and related procedures to meet the strengthened whistleblower protection laws in the Corporations Act, including the requirement to have a whistleblower policy in place by 1 January 2020.
Significant changes to the whistleblower protections contained in Part 9.4AAA of the Corporation Act 2001 (Cth) commenced on 1 July 2019. Public companies and large proprietary companies are required to have in place a whistleblower policy from 1 January 2020.
Following a public consultation process that was held between May and July 2018, the ASX Corporate Governance Council released the fourth edition of the ASX Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations in February 2019. A national roadshow was conducted in the first half of May 2019 to explain the changes in the fourth edition.
The Coalition Government’s “shock” Federal election win on the 18th May has, aside from the pundits and papers questioning how all the polls got it so wrong for so long, sent many of us back to look at the Coalition government’s policies and previous announcements concerning the financial services industry.