Margin lending

The regulation of margin lending, contained in the Corporations Legislation Amendment (Financial Services Modernisation) Act which commenced on 1 January 2010, is part of the Government's national regulation of consumer credit.

The Act requires (among other things):

    • issuers and advisers of margin lending facilities to be licensed by ASIC under an Australian financial services (AFS) licence

    • advisers to only provide advice that is appropriate to the client's individual circumstances

    • margin lenders to meet responsible lending requirements

    • consumers to have access to external dispute resolution services, and

    • clarity around responsibility for notifying clients in the case of a margin call.


From 1 July 2010 issuers of, and advisors on, margin lending facilities cannot provide financial services to retail clients in respect of margin lending facilities until the necessary AFS licence authorisations are obtained.

All licensing, conduct and disclosure requirements apply to providers and financial advisers in relation to margin lending facilities.

Read our information sheet Margin lending - getting or varying an AFS licence

ASIC guidance on margin lending

We have released policy and regulatory guidance to assist issuers and advisers of margin lending facilities comply with their requirements.


Pro forma

  • Pro Forma 209, Australian financial services licence conditions (PF 209)

More information:

Corporations Legislation Amendment (Financial Services Modernisation) Act

National Consumer Credit Regulation

ASIC releases guidance to improve margin lending disclosure, 10-232AD, 10 November 2010


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Last updated: 20/10/2014 12:00