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The company secretary's role on contemporary boards

Study level

Research Masters

Faculty/Lead unit

QUT Business School

School of Accountancy

Topic status

In progress.


Professor Ellie Chapple
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School
Dr Elisabeth Sinnewe
Visitor's position
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School


The company secretary plays a crucial role in the governance of public companies, although a company is only required to have one secretary and the role they perform in advising and compliance may be quite isolating.

The regulation and liability relating to company secretaries generally does not provoke as much attention and commentary as can be observed around the regulation and liability of company directors or boards as a whole. Company secretaries are subject to particular provisions that only relate to their role and responsibility, but there is very little guidance on safeguards in place.

Research activities

This project investigates the scope of the role of secretary as legislated, but also as perceived by current practitioners, to critique the regulation of company secretaries who actually practise on contemporary boards. It will identify the key barriers to effective performance to the role of company secretary and potential safeguards required.


If you're interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Business (Research) (Accountancy) and you're applying to start your degree in Semester 1, 2017, you may be eligible for our School of Accountancy's Accelerate Scholarship.



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