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Can your not-for-profit organisation hold its AGM remotely or should you postpone the meeting?

In light of the physical distancing and shutdown requirements imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic, you need to decide if your not-for-profit organisation can hold its AGM remotely through the use of technology or if you should postpone the meeting until restrictions are lifted. We’ve produced a short resource that explains which organisations may do this and which may need to seek advice before proceeding.

Whether or not your organisation can hold general meetings remotely will depend on your rules, the law in your state, and the approach of your regulator. We understand that all of this may be confusing, so we want to reassure you that the most important thing you can do at this time is act in good faith and be clear in your communications with your members. Regulators are likely to take a facilitative approach given the current circumstances. We are also working hard to secure a blanket exemption on any requirements for not-for-profits to hold face-to-face meetings for the remainder of the pandemic.

If your organisation needs legal assistance about holding meetings, or generally operating your not-for-profit in the time of COVID-19, you can submit an enquiry on our website.

Last Updated: 25 March 2020

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