Modifications to continuous disclosure requirements and the role of corporate knowledge, intent, recklessness and negligence in breaches: a discussion

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On 25 May 2020 the continuous disclosure provisions in Ch 6CA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Corporations Act) were temporarily modified by a Determination of the Federal Treasurer made pursuant to a package of measures intended to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. The changes import a requirement of knowledge, recklessness or negligence into ss 674, 675 and 677 of the Act, and will affect future regulatory actions as well as private actions, including the increasingly common area of "shareholder class actions".[1] This follows a proposal by the Australian Law Reform Commission[2] for a review of the economic impact of the continuous disclosure obligations of entities listed on public stock exchanges and more recent concerns about the effects of the Coronavirus on business and share prices. This section note reviews and assesses those changes and how they might change the existing law in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalCompany and Securities Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • corporate disclosure

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