Christian Israelite Church Property Trust Act 2007


Published: 2007-10-29

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An Act to constitute the Christian Israelite Church Property Trust, to specify the Trust’s functions and to provide for the vesting of property in the Trust; and for other purposes.
Part 1 Preliminary
1   Name of Act
This Act is the Christian Israelite Church Property Trust Act 2007.
2   Commencement
This Act commences on the date of assent.
3   Definitions
(1)  In this Act:
appointed day means the date of assent to this Act.
Board means the Board of Trustees referred to in section 4 (2).
Chair means the Chair for the time being of the Board.
Church means the part of the Christian Israelite Church, founded in 1822 by the Prophet John Wroe in England, that is within Australia.
conveyance includes transfer, assignment and assurance.
exercise a function includes perform a duty.
function includes a power, authority or duty.
Trust means the Christian Israelite Church Property Trust constituted by this Act.
trust property means property held by the Trust.
(2)  It is the intention of Parliament that the provisions of this Act relating to property, including the vesting of property in the Trust, should apply, as far as possible, to property situated outside New South Wales.
Part 2 Constitution and functions of Trust
4   Constitution of Trust
(1)  There is constituted by this Act a corporation under the corporate name of the Christian Israelite Church Property Trust.
(2)  The Trust is to have a Board of Trustees comprising as members of the Board every person holding office as an International Female Trustee of the Church, or an International Male Trustee of the Church, from time to time.
5   Procedure of Trust
(1)  Subject to this section, the Board is to conduct the business of the Trust in accordance with the by-laws.
(2)  The quorum for a meeting of the Board is a majority of the members of the Board.
6   Chair
(1)  The members of the Board are to elect one member as Chair of the Board.
(2)  The Chair holds office as Chair for a period of 12 months but is eligible (if otherwise qualified) for re-election.
(3)  If the Chair ceases to be a member of the Board or resigns office as Chair, the members are to elect some other member to be Chair.
(4)  The Chair is to preside at a meeting of the Board.
(5)  The Chair does not have a deliberative vote at a meeting of the Board but has a casting vote at a meeting of the Board in the event of:
(a)  an equality of votes, or
(b)  the Chair being the only Board member at the time.
7   Functions of Trust
(1)  The functions of the Trust are as follows:
(a)  to purchase, exchange, take on lease, hold, dispose of and otherwise deal with property as trustee for, or for the purposes of, the Church,
(b)  to acquire property by gift, devise or bequest and to agree to and carry out the conditions of the gift, devise or bequest,
(c)  to borrow or lend money for the purposes of the Church,
(d)  to mortgage, charge or otherwise encumber trust property,
(e)  to make gifts or donations of property held by it for the purposes of the Church,
(f)  to enter into any guarantee or indemnity that may assist the Trust or the Church in the exercise of its functions,
(g)  to do and suffer all other things that bodies corporate may, by law, do and suffer and that are necessary for or incidental to the exercise of its functions under this Act.
(2)  The Trust has such other functions as are conferred or imposed on it by this Act.
(3)  This section does not limit section 50 of the Interpretation Act 1987.
8   Trust may delegate its functions
The Trust may, by resolution, delegate any of its functions (other than this power of delegation and the power to make by-laws) to:
(a)  any member of the Board, or
(b)  any other person or body prescribed by the by-laws.
9   Trust may make by-laws
(1)  The Trust may make by-laws, not inconsistent with this Act:
(a)  for the control, management and administration of, and dealings with, trust property, and
(b)  for the conduct of proceedings of the Board.
(2)  A certificate under the seal of the Trust to the effect that a by-law specified in the certificate, or in an annexure to the certificate, was in force on a day specified in the certificate is, until the contrary is proved, evidence that the by-law was in force on that day.
(3)  A by-law may be amended or repealed by a subsequent by-law made under this section.
10   Trust may hold property jointly
The Trust may hold or acquire property either alone or jointly as a joint tenant or tenant-in-common.
11   Trust may invest trust funds
(1)  The Trust:
(a)  may invest or lend any funds that it holds on trust in accordance with the terms of any trust to which the funds are subject, and
(b)  may also invest or lend any such funds in accordance with the Trustee Act 1925, unless the investment or loan is expressly forbidden by the instrument (if any) creating the trust to which the funds are subject.
(2)  The Trust may invest trust funds held by it for different purposes or activities, or any part of those funds, as one fund.
(3)  Income arising from an investment of funds in accordance with subsection (2) is to be apportioned rateably among the several purposes or activities for which the funds are held on trust.
(4)  Any loss arising from an investment of funds in accordance with subsection (2) is to be apportioned rateably among the several purposes or activities for which the funds are held on trust.
12   Trust may make advances
(1)  The Trust may make advances out of its trust funds for any purpose of or relating to the Church.
(2)  Any sum so advanced is taken to be an investment of the money and bears interest at a rate fixed by the Trust.
(3)  The sum advanced, and any interest on that sum, is taken to be a charge on those assets (if any) that the Trust holds for the purpose for which the advance was made.
13   Arrangements for other churches to use trust property
(1)  In this section, scheme of co-operation means a scheme entered into by the Trust:
(a)  with or involving a church of another denomination or any congregation or activity of such a church, and
(b)  concerning the use of trust property.
(2)  The Trust may permit trust property to be used and managed for the purposes of a scheme of co-operation on such terms and conditions as the Trust determines.
(3)  Any proceeds derived by the Trust from a scheme of co-operation are to be applied in the manner determined by the Trust.
(4)  Conditions that the Trust may determine under this section include:
(a)  conditions with respect to the making of monetary contributions towards the acquisition, construction, alteration, maintenance or repair of property vested in or held on behalf of a co-operating church or congregation, and
(b)  the giving or taking of a security or charge over any property.
(5)  Trust property may be used in accordance with a scheme of co-operation except to the extent that the property is subject to an express trust expressly forbidding its use in that manner.
(6)  Trust property is not to be regarded as property that is subject to an express trust expressly forbidding its use under a scheme of co-operation merely because it is directed to be held in trust for worship within, or for the purposes of, the Church.
14   Trusts may be varied
(1)  The Trust may by resolution declare that, in its opinion, it has become impossible or inexpedient to carry out or observe the terms of a trust of property vested in it, whether as to its purpose or any other of its terms.
(2)  The Trust may by the same or a later resolution declare that the property is subject to another trust and on the making of such a declaration:
(a)  the trust that is to be replaced ceases, and
(b)  the property is to be held subject to the other trust.
(3)  In making such a declaration, the Trust must ensure that the property is dealt with as nearly as is possible for the purposes for which the property was held immediately before the resolution.
(4)  However, the Trust may by resolution declare that, in its opinion, it is impossible or inexpedient to deal with the property in accordance with subsection (3) because of circumstances arising after the creation of the replaced trust.
(5)  On making a resolution under subsection (4), the Trust may hold, dispose of or otherwise deal with and apply the property for such purposes for the use and benefit of the Church as the Trust declares by resolution.
15   Trust may act as executor, administrator or trustee
(1)  The Trust:
(a)  may apply for and obtain, or join in applying for and obtaining, probate of the will, or letters of administration for the estate, of a deceased person if the Church has a beneficial interest, vested or contingent, in the estate of that person, and
(b)  may accept appointment and act as trustee or co-trustee under a trust if the trust property is not already vested in the Trust by or in accordance with this Act and the trust was created wholly or partly for the benefit of the Church, and
(c)  may do all things necessary for the exercise of its functions as executor, administrator or trustee.
(2)  If authorised by the Trust to do so, a member of the Board or a person employed by the Trust may, on behalf of the Trust:
(a)  swear an affidavit, or
(b)  make a declaration or statement, or
(c)  give security and do any other act or thing,
that is, by any charter, enactment or rule of court, required to be done by a person who is applying for or granted probate or letters of administration, or who is administering a trust.
(3)  The Trust may:
(a)  renounce executorship, or
(b)  decline to act as administrator of an estate, or
(c)  retire, or decline to act, as trustee of property (other than property vested in it by or in accordance with Part 3).
(4)  Any commission or other remuneration earned by the Trust as an executor, administrator or trustee appointed under the authority of this section belongs to the Trust and the Trust may use or apply the commission or remuneration only for an object or purpose specified or approved by the Trust.
16   Trust may make claims for compensation on exchange, dedication or compulsory acquisition
In relation to the exchange, dedication or compulsory acquisition of any trust property, the Trust may:
(a)  act on behalf of the Church and make claims for compensation, and
(b)  agree to and settle any such claims for such amount, and on such terms and conditions, as it thinks fit.
Part 3 Vesting of property in Trust
17   Vesting of property in Trust on the appointed day
(1)  Any property that was, immediately before the appointed day, vested in any person in trust for the Church is, on that day, divested from that person and is, to the extent that it was so vested, vested (without conveyance) in the Trust.
(2)  The vesting of the property in the Trust does not affect:
(a)  any reservation, mortgage, charge, encumbrance, lien or lease that affected the property, or
(b)  any trust on which the property was held,
immediately before the vesting of the property.
(3)  No attornment to the Trust by a lessee of land vested in the Trust by this section is necessary.
(4)  The vesting of property by this section is not a dutiable transaction for the purposes of the Duties Act 1997.
(5)  A dutiable transaction within the meaning of the Duties Act 1997, or an instrument that effects or evidences a dutiable transaction and that occurs or is executed or registered only for:
(a)  a purpose ancillary to, or consequential on, the operation of this section, or
(b)  the purpose of giving effect to this section,
is not chargeable with duty under the Duties Act 1997.
18   Vesting of other property in Trust
To the extent to which an instrument (including a will) provides for any property (other than property to which section 17 applies):
(a)  to be given to the Church or to a person (other than the Trust) for the benefit of the Church, or
(b)  to be payable to, or receivable by, the Church or any person (other than the Trust) on behalf of the Church, or
(c)  to be recoverable by the Church or by any person (other than the Trust) for the Church,
a reference in the instrument to the Church, or to that person, is to be treated as a reference to the Trust.
Part 4 Miscellaneous
19   Custody and use of seal of Trust
(1)  The seal of the Trust is kept by the Chair and may be affixed to a document only:
(a)  in accordance with a resolution of the Trust, and
(b)  in the presence of at least 2 members of the Board, and
(c)  with an attestation by the signatures of those members of the fact of the affixing of the seal.
(2)  An instrument purporting to have been sealed with the seal of the Trust and to have been signed by at least 2 members of the Board is taken to have been executed in accordance with this section.
20   How Trust may execute certain instruments
(1)  Any instrument relating to any property or matter that, if made or executed by an individual, would by law be required to be in writing under seal may be made on behalf of the Trust in writing under the seal of the Trust.
(2)  Any instrument relating to any property or matter that, if made by or between individuals, would by law be required to be in writing signed by the parties to be bound by it, may be made on behalf of the Trust in writing by any person acting under its authority, express or implied.
(3)  Any contract relating to any property or matter that, if made between individuals, would by law be valid although made orally only may be made on behalf of the Trust by any person acting under its authority, express or implied.
21   Disclosure of pecuniary interests
(1)  If:
(a)  a member of the Board has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter being considered or about to be considered at a meeting of the Board, and
(b)  the interest appears to raise a conflict with the proper performance of the member’s duties in relation to the consideration of the matter,
the member must, as soon as possible after the relevant facts have come to the member’s knowledge, disclose the nature of the interest at a meeting of the Board.
(2)  A disclosure by a member at a meeting of the Board that the member:
(a)  is a member, or is in the employment, of a specified company or other body, or
(b)  is a partner, or is in the employment, of a specified person, or
(c)  has some other specified interest relating to a specified company or other body or to a specified person,
is a sufficient disclosure of the nature of the interest in any matter relating to that company or other body or to that person that may arise after the date of the disclosure and that is required to be disclosed under subsection (1).
(3)  After a member has disclosed the nature of an interest in any matter, the member must not:
(a)  be present during any deliberation of the Board with respect to the matter, or
(b)  take part in any decision of the Board with respect to the matter.
(4)  A contravention of this section does not invalidate any decision of the Board.
22   Trust may appoint agents to execute under seal
(1)  The Trust may, by writing under its seal, expressly empower any person, in respect of any specific matter, to execute any deed or other document on its behalf as its agent or attorney.
(2)  Any deed signed by such an agent or attorney on behalf of the Trust binds the Trust and has the same effect as if it were under the seal of the Trust.
23   Evidence of certain matters relating to Trust
(1)  A certificate under the seal of the Trust to the effect that property specified in the certificate is held by it on trust for the Church is, in any legal proceedings, evidence that the property is so held.
(2)  A certificate under the seal of the Trust to the effect that the estate or interest of a person specified in the certificate in land so specified is an estate or interest vested in the Trust by this Act is, for the purposes of any application by the Trust to be registered under the Real Property Act 1900 as the proprietor of that estate or interest, evidence of its contents.
24   Persons exonerated from liability on receiving receipt for certain money paid to Trust
A receipt for money paid to the Trust that:
(a)  is executed under the seal of the Trust, or
(b)  is in writing signed by two members of the Board, or
(c)  is in writing signed by a person or persons purporting to be duly authorised for the purpose by the Trust or by two members of the Board,
exonerates the person by whom or on whose behalf the money is paid from any liability for the loss, misapplication or non-application of the money.
25   Inquiries relating to dealings with trust property unnecessary in certain cases
Whenever the Trust acquires, disposes of, mortgages, leases or otherwise deals with property it is not necessary for:
(a)  the other party or parties to the transaction or dealing, or
(b)  the Registrar-General or any other person registering or certifying title to the property,
to inquire whether the Trust has power to acquire, dispose of, mortgage, lease or otherwise deal with the property and none of those persons is affected by notice that the Trust has no such power.
26   Certain persons to be indemnified out of trust property
A member of the Board, and any other person, exercising in good faith a function in relation to trust property in accordance with this Act or any by-law of the Trust, and the executor or administrator of any such member of the Board or person, are entitled to be indemnified out of trust property against all expenses and liabilities that they incur in connection with the exercise of the function.
27   How documents may be served on Trust
Any document may be served on the Trust by delivering it to, or sending it by post to, any member of the Board.
28   Savings, transitional and other provisions
Schedule 1 has effect.
Schedule 1 Savings, transitional and other provisions
(Section 28)
Part 1 General
1   Regulations
(1)  The regulations may contain provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of the following Acts:
this Act
(2)  Any such provision may, if the regulations so provide, take effect from the date of assent to the Act concerned or a later date.
(3)  To the extent to which any such provision takes effect from a date that is earlier than the date of its publication in the Gazette, the provision does not operate so as:
(a)  to affect, in a manner prejudicial to any person (other than the State or an authority of the State), the rights of that person existing before the date of its publication, or
(b)  to impose liabilities on any person (other than the State or an authority of the State) in respect of anything done or omitted to be done before the date of its publication.
Part 2 Provisions consequent on enactment of this Act
2   Definition
In this Part, former trustee means any person in whom, immediately before the appointed day, property was vested in trust for the Church.
3   Claims and liabilities in relation to the Trust
On and from the appointed day, the following provisions have effect in relation to property vested in the Trust in accordance with section 17:
(a)  the rights and liabilities of a former trustee become rights and liabilities of the Trust to be exercised and discharged in accordance with this Act,
(b)  the obligations of a former trustee become obligations of the Trust to be performed in accordance with this Act,
(c)  proceedings before a court or tribunal by or against a former trustee that, immediately before the appointed day, were pending or in the course of being heard are taken to be proceedings by or against the Trust,
(d)  to the extent to which an act, matter or thing done or omitted to be done on behalf of a former trustee had any force or effect immediately before the appointed day, it is taken to be an act, matter or thing done or omitted to be done by the Trust,
(e)  a reference in any instrument to a former trustee is to be read as a reference to the Trust,
(f)  time that had commenced to run in relation to a former trustee is taken to be time that had commenced to run in relation to the Trust.