Archive: News - 2016

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ASIC releases fintech licensing framework

15 December 2016

ASIC has released a class waiver to allow eligible fintech businesses to test certain specified services without an Australian financial services or credit licence. ASIC has also released updated guidance to fintech businesses on satisfying the organisational competence requirements.

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Agreement with Ontario Securities Commission to support innovative businesses

3 November 2016

Innovative fintech companies in Australia and Ontario, Canada will be able to draw on support from the combined resources of their financial regulators as they seek to operate in the others’ market, under a new agreement.

Under a new agreement, ASIC and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will refer to one another those innovative businesses seeking to enter the others’ market. The regulators may provide support to innovative businesses before, during and after authorisation to help reduce regulatory uncertainty and time to market.

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ASIC signs agreement with Kenyan regulator to support fintech innovation

21 October 2016

The Capital Markets Authority of Kenya (CMA) and ASIC have signed a Co-operation Agreement which aims to promote innovation in financial services in their respective markets.

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ASIC releases guidance on regulating digital advice

30 August 2016

This guide brings together some of the issues that digital advice providers need to consider when operating in Australia - from the licensing stage through to the actual provision of advice.

Read Regulatory Guide 255 Providing digital financial product advice to retail clients 

ASIC View Episode 11: ASIC’s Innovation Hub

7 July 2016

ASIC Commissioner John Price joins the podcast to discuss ASIC's Innovation Hub and how it's helping fintech startups.

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Agreement with Singapore to support innovative businesses

16 June 2016

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and ASIC have signed an Innovation Functions Co-operation Agreement which aims to help innovative businesses in Singapore and Australia in their foray to the respective markets.

This agreement will enable innovative fintech companies in Singapore and Australia to establish initial discussions in each other’s market faster and receive advice on required licences.

Read the media release 

ASIC explains regulatory sandbox

8 June 2016

Melbourne FinTech Startups meetup

Join ASIC Commissioner John Price, and Senior Executive Leader Mark Adams as they take us through the ASIC consultation paper (CP) on the regulatory sandbox that will be published on 8 June. You will have an opportunity to ask how it might work in practice and how you can be involved in developing a submission to the CP.

More details on the meetup 

Regulatory sandbox proposal

8 June 2016

In June, ASIC has issued a public consultation paper on a proposed regulatory sandbox licensing exemption and other measures.

Read the media release and download the paper

FinTech Regulation 101

Sydney FinTech Startups meetup

On 14 April 2016 representatives from ASIC, Austrac, APRA, RBA, and OAIC shared their insights on how to navigate the FinTech regulatory landscape.

View the slides of the joint presentation

ASIC signs Innovation Hub agreement with UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

23 March 2016

Under a new world-first agreement, innovative fintech companies in Australia and the United Kingdom will have more support from financial regulators as they attempt to enter the others’ market.

Read more about the agreement 

Regulation of digital financial product advice

21 March 2016

ASIC has released a Consultation Paper 254 which attaches a draft Regulatory Guide on regulating digital financial product advice (also commonly known as robo-advice).

Consultation Paper 254 Regulating digital financial advice seeks feedback on issues that are unique to digital advice businesses, in particular: the organisational competence obligation that applies in a digital advice context; and the ways in which digital advice licensees should monitor and test their algorithms.

ASIC's draft Regulatory Guide 000 Providing digital financial product advice to retail clients brings together some of the issues that persons providing, or intending to provide, digital advice to retail clients need to consider when operating in Australia—from the licensing stage (i.e. obtaining an Australian financial services (AFS) licence) through to the actual provision of advice. ASIC will be taking submissions over an 8 week period.

Further details are set out in Consultation Paper 254.

Guidance on marketplace lending

21 March 2016

ASIC has published an information sheet for issuers of marketplace lending products. The information sheet gives guidance on the regulatory requirements that apply to marketplace lending, including licensing, disclosure and advertising.

The information sheet also contains some good practice that ASIC suggests issuers can implement to help consumers better understand their products.

Read the information sheet

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Applications Close for Business Research and Innovation Initiative - Regulatory Technology Round

17 June 2021

The Australian Government is providing up to $10 million in grant funding to Australian startups and SMEs to help bring their big ideas to market. Applications for the Business Research and Innovation Initiative have now closed.

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ASIC joins the Business Research and Innovation Initiative - Regulatory Technology Round

15 April 2021

ASIC’s BRII challenge seeks to establish an innovative technology solution to analyse market announcements (and other corporate disclosures) by listed companies and entities to help identify and assess poor market disclosure. More information can be found in the challenge fact sheet.

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14th ASIC regtech liaison forum - registrations now open

10 December 2021

ASIC's 14th Regtech Liaison Forum will take place 10:30am Friday 10 December 2021. More information.


Financial Innovation: Regulator meet-up - recording now available

21 September 2021

ASIC's regulator meet-ups bring together representatives from national bodies to outline their latest initiatives and news with financial innovation and technology. More information.

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Last updated: 30/03/2021 09:26