Change of name: Pty ltd company

To change its name a Proprietary Limited company MUST either:

  1. have ALL shareholders (including both parties where joint holdings) sign a Circulating Resolution in favour of the name change [section 249A(2) of Corporations Act]

Note: this option is ONLY available to Pty Ltd companies – not public companies unless there is only one shareholder [sec 249B(1)]


  • hold an Extraordinary General Meeting and pass a Special Resolution [sec 157(1)(A)].

In my opinion, alternative “a” is impractical when there are a large number of shareholders.

Therefore, we will need to call an EGM. A Special Resolution requires at least 75% of all votes cast at the meeting.

Under the Corporations Act [sec 249H(1)] 21 days’ clear notice is required for the EGM unless we receive written consent from shareholders with at least 95% of the voting power for lesser notice period [sec 249H(2)(b)]. Again, in the circumstances, I do not think it is worth the effort for short notice.

Therefore, to enable the Board to consider the next move, I have drafted the attached documents for your consideration:

  • Circulating Directors’ Resolution
  • EGM Notice
  • Proxy Form

And to progress this matter requires us to now proceed as follows:

  1. Decide on the new name, select the EGM date and insert in the Notice.
  • If we think there is a danger of someone else grabbing the name before us once the Notice goes out, we should lodge a Reservation with ASIC (Form 410) now.
  • Draft a suitable Letter to Shareholders (to explain things – and perhaps also give a brief update/overview as to where the Company is at/headed, particularly as we do not need to send out an Annual Report and/or hold an AGM because we are a Pty Ltd company).
  • Circulate the Directors’ Resolution (or, hold a formal Board Meeting) for Directors to formally agree and recommend the proposal to shareholders, approve the calling of an EGM and the Notice of Meeting/Proxy Form.
  • Print and post the Letter and Notice/Proxy to shareholders.
  • Hold EGM.
  • Lodge Form 205 with ASIC and pay the appropriate fee.
  • ASIC issues a replacement “Certificate of Registration on Change of Name”. This is the date the new name takes effect.

Please let me know how you wish to proceed.

*Originally written by Company Secretary, an Australian virtual company secretary service.

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