Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 15, 2021




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   001-39267   84-462-0206

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3940 Trust Way, Hayward, California   94545
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Common Stock, par value $0.0001   BNTC   The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC

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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On September 15, 2021, the Compensation Committee (the “Compensation Committee”) of the Board of Directors of Benitec Biopharma Inc. (the “Company”) approved discretionary bonus payments for Dr. Jerel Banks, the Company’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Megan Boston, the Company’s Executive Director, in connection with their performance during the Company’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, in the amount of $225,000 for Dr. Banks and $111,340 for Ms. Boston. In addition, also on September 15, 2021, the Compensation Committee approved increases of Dr. Banks’ and Ms. Boston’s annual base salaries to $520,000 and $317,550, respectively, each effective as of September 16, 2021. Ms. Boston’ salary and bonus as reported in this Current Report on Form 8-K has been converted to U.S. dollars from Australian dollars using a conversion rate of AUD$1.00 to USD$0.73. In addition, the Compensation Committee has not changed the target annual discretionary bonus with respect to the Company’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 which are 50% and 40% of the base salary for each of Dr. Banks and Ms. Boston, respectively.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.


Date: September 20, 2021    

/s/ Jerel A. Banks

  Name:   Jerel A. Banks
  Title:   Chief Executive Officer