ASIC extends COVID relief for advice

The corporate regulator has extended the temporary relief for financial advice around early release of super, citing ongoing uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic.

ASIC has pushed back the deadline for its temporary relief on capital raisings and advice, as well as advice relief related to the early super release, following the scheme being extended by the government.

The ASIC Corporations (COVID-19 – Advice-related Relief) Instrument 2020/355 will now be repealed on 15 April next year, instead of 15 October 2020.

The watchdog has also amended its no-action position for super trustees, extending it to 31 December to align with the extension of the COVID early super release scheme.

“ASIC will continue to monitor the appropriateness of these temporary relief measures in light of the impacts of COVID-19 on capital markets and on the demand for financial advice,” the regulator stated.

“If ASIC considers it appropriate to end the relief before the expiration dates or to further extend it, ASIC will give sufficient notice before any early repeal or extension is implemented.”

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The advice relief and the no-action position for super trustees providing “intra-fund advice” were rolled out by the regulator in April, as an attempt to assist the industry in providing consumers with affordable and timely advice during the crisis.

Meanwhile the amendment to the ASIC Corporations (Share and Interest Purchase Plans) Instrument 2019/547 and the ASIC Corporations (Trading Suspensions Relief) Instrument 2020/289 will both be repealed on 1 January 2021, instead of their original date of 2 October 2020.

ASIC extends COVID relief for advice
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