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Friday 14 July 2017

17-235MR ASIC’s cost recovery framework finalised

ASIC’s cost recovery framework has been finalised, incorporating changes made after broad industry consultation.

The framework, outlined in Report 535 ASIC cost recovery arrangements: 2017-18, identifies industry sectors and provides a methodology for how the levies will be calculated.

As a result of legislation passed on 15 June 2017, industry funding will see regulated entities share the costs of ASIC’s regulatory services for their sector.

The first invoices will be issued in January 2019 and will recover costs for regulatory services for the 2017–18 financial year.

The invoices will be based on the number of regulated entities in a sector and, in most cases, information provided by regulated entities via ASIC's new online portal.

ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft said, 'We are pleased to be able to confirm the framework to help industry prepare for this new regime and thank industry members for their contribution.

'ASIC will continue to support industry to comply with their obligations as they become due. Further details will be provided in a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement later this year', he said.

Report highlights per sector include:

  • Registered liquidators: The fixed component of the levy has been halved to $2,500. The graduated component of the levy will be based on:
    • the number of new and ongoing external administration appointments the liquidator accepts, and
    • the number of prescribed events notified to ASIC and the public during the year.
  • Payment product providers: a flat levy will apply in 2017–18. In 2018–19, this will be replaced by a graduated levy based on revenue from payment product provider activity with a minimum levy of $2,000 payable by all payment product providers.
  • Credit intermediaries: The graduated component of the credit intermediary levy will be charged on the number of authorised representatives the intermediary has at 30 June.
  • Superannuation trustees: The graduated component of the levy will be based on the total value of assets as at 30 June in registrable superannuation entities, excluding assets that are an interest in another registrable superannuation entity operated by the trustee.
  • Responsible entities: The graduated component of the levy will be based on the total value of assets as at 30 June in registered schemes, excluding assets that are an interest in another registered scheme operated by the responsible entity.
  • Crowd Source Funding Intermediaries and Corporate Collective Investment Vehicles: Once licence arrangements are in place, the Government will consider the most appropriate mechanism to recover the costs to regulate these industry participants.
  • Wholesale trustees: a flat levy is proposed in 2017–18. It will be replaced by a graduated levy in 2018–19, based on the value of assets as at 30 June in all unregistered managed investment schemes issued by the trustee with a minimum levy of $1,000 payable by all wholesale trustees. The value of assets that are an interest in another unregistered managed investment scheme operated by the wholesale trustee will be excluded.
  • Operators of an IDPS: a graduated levy based on revenue from IDPS activity undertaken under the entity's licence will apply with a minimum levy of $10,000 payable by all Operators of an IDPS.
  • Australian market licensees and exchange operators: The levy for large securities exchange operators will be graduated based on the value of transactions traded on each exchange.
  • The costs to regulate market participants will now be split between large securities exchange participants and large futures exchange participants. Participants in these subsectors will be charged a fixed levy of $9,000 per exchange plus a graduated levy based on their share of the subsector's messages sent and transactions reported on a large securities or futures exchange that are recognised by ASIC's Market Surveillance System.
  • Securities dealers: The definition of securities dealers has been changed to exclude dealers with a transaction value of less than $250,000.
  • Investment banks: ASIC's costs to regulate investment banks will now be split between the Corporate Advisor and OTC trading subsectors.
    • Corporate Advisors will be charged a fixed levy of $1,000 and a graduated levy based on revenue above $100,000.
    • OTC Traders will be charged a fixed levy of $1,000 and a graduated levy based on the number of full time equivalent staff engaged in OTC trading activities.
  • Financial advice sector: A fixed levy of $1,500 has been introduced for licensees authorised to provide advice on relevant products. The graduated levy for these licensees is based on the number of advisers on the Financial Adviser Register. Please note that for securities dealers, large securities exchange participants and large futures exchange participants the graduated component will exclude advisers who only provide advice on quoted products, products traded on a foreign financial market or basic banking products.
  • Insurance sector: The definition of insurance product issuers has been expanded to include Australian financial services licensees who make offers to arrange for the issue of insurance products under an intermediary authorisation with an APRA-regulated insurer that does not hold a licence.

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Last updated: 14/07/2017 12:23