Changing the name of a CLG
To change the name of a CLG that is a registered charity, its members must pass a special resolution to change the name and lodge Form 205 – Notification of resolution with ASIC (lodgement fees apply).
Before starting this process:
- check the ACNC Charity Register to see if any other charity uses the proposed name
- check that the proposed company name is available by searching ASIC Connect, and
- reserve the proposed company name before you are ready to register it by lodging Form 410 – Application for reservation of a name (lodgement fees apply).
After ASIC changes the company name, you must notify us of the change in the Charity Portal.
Removing ‘Limited’ from the name
A CLG does not need to use the word ‘Limited’ when using its name (such as on company letterhead, or on the company’s common seal) if:
- it is a charity registered with the ACNC,
- its constitution does not allow directors to be paid fees, and
- its constitution requires the directors to approve all other payments the company makes to directors.
The company's legal name (as registered with ASIC) will still have 'Limited' at the end, though.
If you want to change the legal name officially so that it does not have the word ‘Limited’ at all, you will need to apply to ASIC and pay the fee.
For more information, refer to section 150(1) Corporations Act (see ASIC: Charities registered with the ACNC)
Changing a CLG’s address
A CLG that is a registered charity must notify the ACNC of a change to its Address For Service. The Address For Service is published on the ACNC Charity Register.
A CLG should provide its registered office address as its Address For Service. This allows us to pass the information to ASIC to update the ASIC register. The registered office address must be a physical address (not a PO box).
The ACNC will send all correspondence to a charity’s Address For Service. If a CLG also provides an email address with its Address For Service, we will use email as the main way to contact it.
A CLG registered as a charity does not need to notify ASIC of a change of address (such as a registered office address, a principal place of business or officeholder’s residential address).
Changing a CLG’s directors
A CLG must provide the details of its directors (Responsible People) to the ACNC. It must notify us of changes to directors.
A CLG does not need to notify the ACNC about other officeholders of the company who are not Responsible People. It does not need to notify ASIC of any changes to the officeholders either.
Changing a CLG’s constitution
To change a CLG’s constitution or adopt a new one, its members must pass a special resolution.
A CLG must notify the ACNC of changes to its constitution (which we call a governing document) in the Charity Portal.
It does not need to lodge a copy of the special resolution with ASIC.