Financial Advisers Register
The Financial Advisers Register is published on the MoneySmart website and is managed by ASIC.
The Register is a public record of financial advisers who provide personal advice on complex financial products to consumers. It allows consumers to:
- check that a financial adviser is authorised to provide financial advice
- find information about an adviser before getting financial advice from them.
The Register also improves:
- the ability to assess the qualifications, experience and employment history of financial advisers
- ASIC's ability to identify and monitor financial advisers in Australia.
Additional information required from 15 November 2019
To comply with the professional standards for financial advisers, AFS licensees must add new information to the Financial Advisers Register from 15 November 2019. For more details and compliance dates, see Timeline for the reforms.
Who is on the Register
The Financial Advisers Register lists all individuals who are authorised as a financial adviser.
The definition of a financial adviser is an individual who is:
- an Australian financial services (AFS) licensee, an authorised representative, employee or director of an AFS licensee, or an employee or director of a related body corporate of an AFS licensee, and
- is authorised to provide personal advice to retail clients in relation to relevant financial products to retail clients (consumers).
'Relevant financial products' do not include:
- basic banking products
- general insurance products
- consumer credit insurance
- a combination of any of those products.
A financial adviser who has their own AFS licence is listed on:
- the Financial Advisers Register, and
- the AFS Licensees Register.
A financial adviser who is also an authorised representative is listed on:
- the Financial Advisers Register, and
- the Authorised Representatives Register.
Who is not on the Register
Advisers who do not meet the 'financial adviser' definition above are not on the Register. For example, a person who provides:
- general advice
- personal advice on products that are not relevant financial products, such as general insurance, consumer credit insurance or basic banking products.
If this person is an authorised representative for an AFS licensee, then they are listed on the Authorised Representatives Register.
If an AFS licence is held by a company, the company is not listed on the Register. Only individual financial advisers with their own AFS licence or authorised as a financial adviser under an AFS licence are listed.
Who updates the Register
While ASIC manages the Financial Advisers Register, it is the AFS licensees' responsibility to add and update information on the Register. It is a breach of their obligations not to do so and penalties may apply.
AFS licensees can authorise other persons to update the Register on their behalf. See Who updates the Financial Advisers Register for more information.
Information on the Register
The Financial Advisers Register provides information about financial advisers, including:
- work history
- qualifications and training
- financial products they can advise on.
See the full list of information on the Financial Advisers Register, including what is mandatory or optional.
Fees for updating the Register
Fees apply to appoint (add), maintain (update) or remove (cease) financial advisers from the Financial Advisers Register.
See Fees for updating the Financial Advisers Register for a full list of fees.
When to update the Register
AFS licensees must update the Financial Advisers Register when:
- they authorise a financial adviser
- a financial adviser no longer works under their licence
- a financial adviser's details change, for example, their name, qualifications or financial products they can advise on.
AFS licensees must update the Register within 30 business days.
How to update the Register
You can update the Financial Advisers Register using ASIC Connect.
For more information, see:
- Appoint (add) a financial adviser
- Maintain (update) or correct a financial adviser's details
- Cease (remove) a financial adviser
Reporting inaccuracies on the Register
If you are concerned about the accuracy of information on the Financial Advisers Register, see Disputes about the Financial Advisers Register.