Share registry – what it is, how to find it

When a company lists on the stock exchange, the company appoints a share registry to manage its book of shareholders and the administration that comes along with it.

The share registry will contact you on behalf of the company for shareholder matters, and it also manages things like the payment of dividends, distribution of company reports, and shareholder voting.

The main share registries in Australia include Boardroom, Computershare, and Link Market Services.

Keep in mind

  • A share registry is different to a broker like CommSec.
  • When you’re a shareholder, you hold a relationship with both your broker (eg CommSec) and the share registry.

How to find out which share registry is being used

Your holding statement

The share registry will send you a holding or dividend statement that may look something like this. You’ll normally find the share registry’s details in the top-right corner.

On the CommSec website

1. Log on to CommSec

2. Click on Quotes & Research, and then Quotes

3. In the search box, enter your desired stock code

4. In that stock, click on About

5. Scroll down to Share Registry Details. Here is an example showing Telstra (TLS)’s share registry:

On the listed company’s website

Go to the company’s website and search for an Investor Relations section. The share registry will be shown there.

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