Extra requirements needed for AFSL approval

Applicants seeking an Australian Financial Services Licence for personal financial advice will be required to add extra information under new guidelines provided by ASIC.

In a statement, ASIC said the changes will apply to:

  • applicants that are a body corporate;
  • applicants that are Australian Prudential Regulation Authority-regulated bodies; and
  • applicants that are proposing to offer certain financial services or to operate in specific circumstances.

For applicants seeking authorisation to provide personal financial product advice, additional non-core proofs must be provided to ASIC around compliance arrangements, its program for monitoring, supervision and training of authorised representatives and its risk management system statement.

ASIC said the changes will enable it to ascertain whether it has reason to believe an applicant is likely to contravene its legislative obligations, including to deliver financial services efficiently, honestly and fairly and to ensure that the responsible officers of a body corporate applicant are of good fame or character.

“ASIC has reviewed the AFS licence assessment processes and has streamlined its assessment processes in some limited respects,” said ASIC executive director for assessment and intelligence Warren Day.

“This is designed to avoid unnecessary delays that may arise when ASIC seeks additional information during an assessment.”

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Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is a deputy editor at Momentum Media, focusing mainly on banking, wealth management and financial services. He has also written for Public Accountant, Accountants Daily and The CEO Magazine.

You can contact him on [email protected].

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