—(1) Where the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that a company is not carrying on business or is not in operation, he may send to the company by post a letter to that effect and stating that if an answer showing cause to the contrary is not received within one month from the date thereof a notice will be published in the Gazette with a view to striking the name of the company off the register.
(2) Unless the Registrar receives an answer within one month from the date of the letter to the effect that the company is carrying on business or is in operation, he may publish in the Gazette and send to the company by registered post a notice that at the expiration of 3 months from the date of that notice the name of the company mentioned therein will unless cause is shown to the contrary be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved.
(3) If in any case where a company is being wound up the Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that —
no liquidator is acting;
the affairs of the company are fully wound up and for a period of 6 months the liquidator has been in default in lodging any return required to be made by him; or
the affairs of the company have been fully wound up under Division 2 and there are no assets or the assets available are not sufficient to pay the costs of obtaining an order of the Court dissolving the company,
he may publish in the Gazette and send to the company or the liquidator, if any, a notice to the same effect as that referred to in subsection (2).
(4) At the expiration of the time mentioned in the notice, the Registrar may, unless cause to the contrary is previously shown, strike the name of the company off the register, and shall publish notice thereof in the Gazette, and on the publication in the Gazette of the notice the company shall be dissolved; but —
the liability, if any, of every officer and member of the company shall continue and may be enforced as if the company had not been dissolved; and
nothing in this subsection shall affect the power of the Court to wind up a company the name of which has been struck off the register.
(5) If any person feels aggrieved by the name of the company having been struck off the register, the Court, on an application made by the person at any time within 15 years after the name of the company has been so struck off may, if satisfied that the company was, at the time of the striking off, carrying on business or in operation or otherwise that it is just that the name of the company be restored to the register, order the name of the company to be restored to the register, and upon a copy of the order being lodged with the Registrar the company shall be deemed to have continued in existence as if its name had not been struck off, and the Court may by the order give such directions and make such provisions as seem just for placing the company and all other persons in the same position as nearly as may be as if the name of the company had not been struck off.
(6) A notice to be sent under this section to a liquidator may be addressed to the liquidator at his last known place of business, and a letter or notice to be sent under this section to a company may be addressed to the company at its registered office or, if no office has been registered, to the care of some officer of the company, or, if there is no officer of the company whose name and address are known to the Registrar, may be sent to each of the persons who subscribed the memorandum of the company addressed to him at the address mentioned in the memorandum.
[UK, 1948, s. 353; Aust., 1961, s. 308]