This Corporations Amendment (Modernisation of Members Registration) Bill 2017, a Private Members Bill which was introduced into the Senate by Senator Xenophon on 15 June 2017, proposes to amend section 169(1)(a) the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to include an email address in the information that must be contained in a register of members.

According to the explanatory memorandum, the inclusion of a member’s email address takes into account that most communication between companies and members is via email, and brings the provision into line with modern communication methods.

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee and is due for report on 11 September 2017.