Decision yet to be made on special administration at Kal’ang

KAL'ANG Respite Care Centre has been given up to three months to implement changes before a decision is made as to whether to place the Hervey Bay organisation under special administration.

Kal'ang was asked to show cause why it should not be put under special administration in September after an examination of its books was carried out in August.

The corporation has been instructed by the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations to address a series of irregularities that were raised as a result of the August review.

The irregularities included failing to maintain a register of members containing all the required information and failing to hold its annual general meeting within five months after its financial year in 2012 or 2013.

Also among the irregularities was the payment of remuneration to directors which was not adequately supported as payment for travel and incidentals to attend directors' meetings or corporation business.

The corporation also failed to delegate any of its powers to a director, committee of directors, and employee of the corporation or any other person.

The compliance notice sent to the respite centre by Peter Armstrong, Delegate of the Registrar of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, stated the corporation would have up to three months to implement proposed changes outlined by Kal'ang in its representations to the Registrar on October 10.

The Registrar will monitor the corporation's standard of governance and financial administration for the three month period before deciding whether Kal'ang should be placed under special administration.

A date for the corporation's annual general meeting has been set down for November 18 and the Registrar will need to receive advice as to how each person entitled to receive notice of the AGM was notified about the meeting.

The corporation also has to lodge audited financial statements for the year to June 30, 2014.

The audit has to include a year-to-date income and expenditure statement, a balance sheet showing the corporation's assets and liabilities, a list of unpaid creditors and a list of outstanding debtors, as well as a list of all payments made out of the corporation's money during the last quarter.

Kal'ang must also provide financial reports, including a balance sheet showing the assets and liabilities of the corporation at the close of business on the last day of each calendar month.

An up-to-date register of members must be tabled at the AGM.

A Kal'ang representative was contacted for a response but they declined to comment on the matter.

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