Singapore Accountancy Commission Bill

Bill No. 40/2012

Read the first time on 15th November 2012.
An Act to establish the Singapore Accountancy Commission, to establish a framework for the growth and development of the accountancy sector and its related fields in Singapore, to provide for the registration of chartered accountants in Singapore, and for matters connected therewith, and to make consequential amendments to certain other written laws.
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Singapore Accountancy Commission Act 2012 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“certified public accountant” means any person registered with or recognised by the Institute as a Certified Public Accountant Singapore immediately before the date of commencement of Part VII;
“Chairman” means the Chairman of the Commission appointed under section 5(1)(a) and includes any temporary Chairman of the Commission appointed under paragraph 3 of the First Schedule;
“chartered accountant” means a person registered or deemed to be registered as a Chartered Accountant of Singapore under this Act;
“Chief Executive Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission appointed under section 10 and includes any person acting in that capacity;
“Commission” means the Singapore Accountancy Commission established under section 3;
“committee member” means a member of any committee appointed under section 9(1);
“designated entity” means any company, association or body of persons, corporate or unincorporate, specified in the Third Schedule;
“Institute” means the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore, being a society registered under the Societies Act (Cap. 311) immediately before the date of commencement of Part VII;
“member” —
(a)in relation to the Commission, means a person appointed as a member of the Commission under section 5(1) and includes the Chairman; and
(b)in relation to a designated entity, means a person who is admitted to such membership specified by the designated entity as being required to be held by persons registered or seeking to be registered as chartered accountants under this Act, and “membership” shall be construed accordingly;
“officer”, in relation to the Commission, includes the Chief Executive Officer.
(2)  Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Act to a person registered as a chartered accountant shall be a reference to a person who is registered, or deemed to be registered, as a Chartered Accountant of Singapore by a designated entity under Part VII and whose registration is not suspended under this Act.