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Corporations Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 5)

Authoritative Version
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  • No longer in force
SLI 2005 No. 324 Regulations as made
These Regulations refine the regulation of the financial services industry, as implemented in the Financial Services Reform Act 2001 and associated legislation, to improve the effectiveness of the disclosure regime, to reduce the costs associated with meeting the disclosure requirements and to clarify, where necessary, the operation of various provisions relating to the regulation of financial services.
Administered by: Treasury
Made 15 Dec 2005
Registered 19 Dec 2005
Tabled HR 07 Feb 2006
Tabled Senate 07 Feb 2006
Date of repeal 09 Aug 2013
Repealed by Treasury (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2013

Corporations Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 5)1

Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 324

I, PHILIP MICHAEL JEFFERY, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Corporations Act 2001.

Dated 15 December 2005

P. M. JEFFERY

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command

CHRIS PEARCE


1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Corporations Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 5).

2              Commencement

         (1)   These Regulations commence on the day after they are registered.

         (2)   A provision mentioned in column 2 of the following table commences on that day as provided for in column 3 of the table:

 

Order of commencement of certain items

Item

Provisions

Commencement

1

Item 4, Schedule 2

Immediately after item 1 of Schedule 1

2

Item 3, Schedule 1

Immediately after item 4 of Schedule 2

3

Item 6, Schedule 2

Immediately after item 3 of Schedule 1

4

Item 5, Schedule 11

Immediately after item 6 of Schedule 2

5

Item 4, Schedule 5

Immediately after item 7 of Schedule 4

6

Item 6, Schedule 9

Immediately after item 8 of Schedule 4

7

Item 3, Schedule 5

Immediately after item 6 of Schedule 9

8

Item 4, Schedule 11

Immediately after item 1 of Schedule 5

9

Item 1, Schedule 4

Immediately after item 4 of Schedule 11

10

Item 2, Schedule 6

Immediately after item 1 of Schedule 6

11

Item 4, Schedule 6

Immediately after item 2 of Schedule 6

12

Item 4, Schedule 9

Immediately after item 4 of Schedule 6

13

Items 1 and 2, Schedule 11

Immediately after Item 8 of Schedule 10

3              Amendment of Corporations Regulations 2001

                Schedules 1 to 11 amend the Corporations Regulations 2001.


Schedule 1        Proposals 1

(regulation 3)

Part 1                     Proposal 1.1

[1]           After regulation 7.7.10

insert

7.7.10AA   Obligation on authorised representative to give a financial services guide

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 941B (2) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

           “(2)  A Financial Services Guide must not be given to the person by the providing entity unless the authorising licensee, or each of the authorising licensees, on whose behalf the providing entity provides the financial services, has authorised its distribution by the providing entity.”

7.7.10AB   Financial services guide— contents of guide

Financial services guide given by financial services licensee

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if paragraph 942B (2) (c) of the Act were omitted and the following paragraph were substituted:

                    “(c)  either:

                              (i)  information about the financial services (the authorised services) that the providing entity will be, or is likely to be, providing to the client, and the kinds of financial products to which those services relate; or

                             (ii)  information about the kinds of financial services (the authorised services) that the providing entity is authorised by its licence to provide, and the kinds of financial products to which those services relate; and”.

Financial services guide given by authorised representative 

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if paragraphs 942C (2) (c), (d) and (e) of the Act were omitted and the following paragraphs were substituted:

                    “(c)  either:

                              (i)  information about the financial services (the authorised services) that the providing entity will be, or is likely to be, providing to the client, and the kinds of financial products to which those services relate; or

                             (ii)  information, in relation to the authorising licensee or each of the authorising licensees, about the kinds of financial services (the authorised services) that the providing entity provides as representative of the authorising licensee, and the kinds of financial products to which those services relate; and

                     (d)  information about who the authorising licensee, or each of the authorising licensees, acts for when the authorised services are provided on their behalf by the providing entity; and

                     (e)  a statement:

                              (i)  setting out the name and contact details of the authorising licensee, or of each of the authorising licensees, mentioned in paragraph (d); and

                             (ii)  stating that the providing entity is the authorised representative of that licensee or those licensees; and”.

Part 2                     Proposal 1.2

[2]           After regulation 7.7.02

insert

7.7.02A   Situations when Financial Services Guide is not required

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, section 941C of the Act is modified by inserting after subsection 941C (1) the following subsection:

         “(1A)  The providing entity does not have to give the client a Financial Services Guide if the client has already received the documents referred to in paragraphs (7A) (b) and (c), in the circumstances set out in that subsection, that together contain all of the information that the new Financial Services Guide is required to contain.”

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, section 941C of the Act is modified by inserting after subsection 941C (7) the following subsections:

         “(7A)  The providing entity does not have to give the client a Financial Services Guide in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  if the providing entity will, or is likely to, provide a financial service to the client in a recommendation situation (see section 1012A), an issue situation (see section 1012B) or a sale situation (see section 1012C);

                     (b)  the providing entity gives to the client a Product Disclosure Statement;

                     (c)  the providing entity gives to the client a statement that:

                              (i)  contains so much of the information required by section 942B or 942C (as the case may be), and any regulations made for the purposes of the appropriate section, as is not already set out in the Product Disclosure Statement; and

                             (ii)  complies with the requirements set out in subsection (7B);

                     (d)  the statements mentioned in paragraphs (b) and (c) are given at the same time.

          (7B)  The statement referred to in paragraph (7A) (c) must:

                     (a)  be up to date as at the time it is given to the client; and

                     (b)  may contain information apart from that referred to in subparagraph (7A) (c) (i); and

                     (c)  meet the requirements of subsections 942B (3) and (6A) or subsections 942C (3) and (6A) (as the case may be).”

[3]           After regulation 7.7.10AE

insert

7.7.10AF   Various consequential amendments to Division 7 of Part 7.7 concerning situations where Financial Services Guides do not have to be given

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the provision set out in column 2 of the following table were modified as set out in columns 3 and 4:

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Item

provision of Act

is modified by…

and…

1

paragraph (a) of the definition of defective in subsection 952B (1)

omitting “941D (2)”

substituting “941D (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c) or”

2

subparagraph (a) (iv) of the definition of defective in subsection 952B (1)

omitting “941D (2)”

substituting “941D (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c) or”

3

paragraph (d) of the definition of disclosure document or statement in subsection 952B (1)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

4

paragraph 952E (3) (a)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

5

paragraph 952F (1) (b)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

6

subparagraph 952F (1) (c) (i)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

7

paragraph 952G (1) (b) 

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

8

subparagraph 952G (1) (c) (i)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

9

paragraph (a) of the definition of defective in subsection 953A (1)

omitting “941D (2)”

substituting “941D (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c) or”

10

subparagraph (a) (iv) of the definition of defective in subsection 953A (1)

omitting “941D (2)”

substituting “941D (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c) or”

11

paragraph (d) of the definition of disclosure document or statement in subsection 953A (1)

omitting “946C (2)”

substituting “946C (2) or paragraph 941C (7A) (c),”

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 940C (1) were modified by omitting “or a Statement of Advice” and substituting “, a Statement of Advice or a statement referred to in paragraph 941C (7A) (c)”.

         (3)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 941D (4) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

           “(4)  The client must then be given:

                     (a)  the statement referred to in paragraph 941C (7A) (c) together with a Product Disclosure Statement as required by paragraph 941C (7A) (b)) in accordance with the requirements of subsections 941C (7A) and (7B); or

                     (b)  a Financial Services Guide;

within 5 business days after having given the statement referred to in subsection (3), or sooner if practicable.”

         (4)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the following subsection were inserted at the end of section 941F:

           “(2)  If:

                     (a)  a statement referred to in paragraph 941C (7A) (c) is given to the client before the financial service is provided; and

                     (b)  the following conditions are satisfied:

                              (i)  there is a change in circumstances before the service is provided and the statement does not contain the information it would be required to contain if it were given to a person immediately after that change;

                             (ii)  the fact that the statement does not contain the up to date information is materially adverse from the point of view of a reasonable person deciding, as a retail client, whether to proceed to be provided with the financial service;

the providing entity must, before the service is provided, give the client another statement of the kind referred to in paragraph 941C (7A) (c) that contains the up to date information before the service is provided.”

Part 3                     Proposal 1.3

[4]           Subregulations 7.7.04 (2), (3) and (4)

substitute

Overview of regulation

         (2)   For paragraph 942B (4) (c) of the Act, the information required in particular situations by paragraph 942B (2) (e) in relation to persons mentioned in paragraph 942B (2) (e) or person 1 (see subregulation (1)) is as set out in subregulations (3), (4) and (5).

If remuneration is ascertainable at the time FSG is given

         (3)   If the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client — the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

If remuneration is not ascertainable at the time FSG is given and personal advice will be given

         (4)   If:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will be given to the client;

the following information:

                (c)    either:

                          (i)    particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits, including, to the extent relevant, a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits; or

                         (ii)    general information about the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits and the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated;

               (d)    a statement that:

                          (i)    if the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are calculable at the time the personal advice is given, the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits the person receives on specific financial products to which the personal advice relates will be disclosed at the time the personal advice is given or as soon as practicable after that time; or

                         (ii)    if the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not calculable at the time the personal advice is given, the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated will be disclosed at the time the personal advice is given or as soon as practicable after that time.

If remuneration is not ascertainable at the time FSG is given and personal advice will not be given

         (5)   If:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will not be given to the client;

the following information:

                (c)    particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits, including, to the extent relevant, a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits; or

               (d)    both of the following:

                          (i)    general information about the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits and the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated;

                         (ii)    a statement that the client may request particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits but that the request must be made within a reasonable time after the client is given the Financial Services Guide and before any financial service identified in the Guide is provided to the client.

[5]           After regulation 7.7.04

insert

7.7.04A   Financial services guide given by financial services licensee: more detailed information about remuneration etc

         (1)   For subsection 942B (7) of the Act, if:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits that a person mentioned in paragraph 942B (2) (e) or person 1 in subregulation 7.7.04 (1) has received, or is to receive, are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will not be given to the client; and

                (c)    the Financial Services Guide does not contain particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits;

the client may request, from the financial services licensee, particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

         (2)   A request under subregulation (1) must be made within a reasonable time after the client is given the Financial Services Guide and before any financial service identified in the Guide is provided to the client.

         (3)   For subregulation (1), the particulars must, to the extent relevant, include a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

Examples

1   Remuneration is paid within the range of $X to $Y.

2   Commission is paid at rates between X% and Y%.

         (4)   The particulars mentioned in subregulation (3) must be presented in a manner that is easy for the client to understand.

[6]           Subregulations 7.7.07 (2), (3) and (4)

substitute

Overview of regulation

         (2)   For paragraph 942C (4) (c) of the Act, the information required in particular situations by paragraph 942C (2) (f) in relation to persons mentioned in paragraph 942C (2) (f) or person 1 (see subregulation (1)) is as set out in subregulations (3), (4) and (5).

If remuneration is ascertainable at the time FSG is given

         (3)   If the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client — the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

If remuneration is not ascertainable at the time FSG is given and personal advice will be given

         (4)   If:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will be given to the client;

the following information:

                (c)    either:

                          (i)    particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits, including, to the extent relevant, a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits; or

                         (ii)    general information about the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits and the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated;

               (d)    a statement that:

                          (i)    if the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are calculable at the time the personal advice is given, the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits the person receives on specified financial products to which the personal advice relates will be disclosed at the time the personal advice is given or as soon as practicable after that time; or

                         (ii)    if the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not calculable at the time the personal advice is given, the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated will be disclosed at the time the personal advice is given or as soon as practicable after that time.

If remuneration is not ascertainable at the time FSG is given and personal advice will not be given

         (5)   If:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will not be given to the client;

the following information:

                (c)    particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits, including, to the extent relevant, a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits; or

               (d)    both of the following:

                          (i)    general information about the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits and the manner in which the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits are to be calculated;

                         (ii)    a statement that the client may request particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits but that the request must be made within a reasonable time after the client is given the Financial Services Guide and before any financial service identified in the Guide is provided to the client.

[7]           After regulation 7.7.07

insert

7.7.07A   Financial services guide given by authorised representative: more detailed information about remuneration etc

         (1)   For subsection 942C (7) of the Act, if:

                (a)    the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits that a person mentioned in paragraph 942C (2) (f) or person 1 in subregulation 7.7.07 (1) has received, or is to receive, are not able to be ascertained at the time the Financial Services Guide is given to the client; and

               (b)    the providing entity reasonably believes that personal advice will not be given to the client; and

                (c)    the Financial Services Guide does not contain particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits;

the client may request, from the authorised representative, particulars of the remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

         (2)   A request under subregulation (1) must be made within a reasonable time after the client is given the Financial Services Guide and before any financial service identified in the Guide is provided to the client.

         (3)   For subregulation (1), the particulars must, to the extent relevant, include a statement of the range of amounts or rates of remuneration (including commission) or other benefits.

Examples

1   Remuneration is paid within the range of $X to $Y.

2   Commission is paid at rates between X% and Y%.

         (4)   The particulars mentioned in subregulation (3) must be presented in a manner that is easy for the client to understand.

Schedule 2        Proposal 2.1

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Regulation 7.7.05

omit

90 days

insert

7 years

[2]           Regulation 7.7.08

omit

90 days

insert

7 years

[3]           Regulation 7.7.09

substitute

7.7.09     Situations in which statement of advice is not required: further advice

         (1)   For subsection 946B (3A) of the Act, a record of advice must set out:

                (a)    the following:

                          (i)    the advice given to the client by the providing entity;

                         (ii)    if information or a statement required by subsections 947D (2) and (3) is given — the information and statement; or

               (b)    the following:

                          (i)    brief particulars of the recommendations made and the basis on which the recommendations are made;

                         (ii)    if information under subsection 947D (2) is given — brief particulars of the information;

                         (iii)    if a statement under subsection 947D (3) is given — an acknowledgement that the statement has been given.

         (2)   The providing entity may keep the record in any form, for example, a tape recording.

         (3)   The providing entity must keep the record for 7 years after the day on which the further advice is provided.

[4]           After regulation 7.7.10AB

insert

7.7.10AC   Financial services guide

Financial services guide given by financial services licensee  — contents of guide

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if paragraph 942B (2) (g) were omitted and the following paragraph were substituted:

                    “(g)  if the providing entity provides further advice — a statement in relation to which the following requirements are satisfied:

                              (i)  the statement must indicate that the client may request a record of further advice that is provided to them, if they have not already been provided with a record of that advice;

                             (ii)  the statement must set out particulars of how the client may request such a record;

                            (iii)  any limitation in those particulars relating to the time within which the client may request such a record must be consistent with any applicable requirements in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph or, if there are no such applicable requirements, must be such as to allow the client a reasonable opportunity to request a record of the advice; and”.

Financial services guide given by financial services licensee — compliance with statement

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 942B (8) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

           “(8)  If:

                     (a)  the Financial Services Guide includes a statement to the effect that a client may request a record of further advice; and

                     (b)  the client is provided with further advice to which that statement applies; and

                     (c)  the client has not already been provided with a record of that advice;

the providing entity must comply with a request made in accordance with that statement for a record of that advice.

Note:          Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1)).”

7.7.10AD   Financial services guide

Financial services guide given by authorised representative — contents of guide

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if paragraph 942C (2) (h) were omitted and the following paragraph were substituted:

                    “(h)  if the providing entity, when acting as representative of the authorising licensee or any of the authorising licensees, provides further advice — a statement in relation to which the following requirements are satisfied:

                              (i)  the statement must indicate that the client may request a record of further advice that is provided to them, if they have not already been provided with a record of that advice;

                             (ii)  the statement must set out particulars of how the client may request such a record;

                            (iii)  any limitation in those particulars relating to the time within which the client may request such a record must be consistent with any applicable requirements in regulations made for the purposes of this subparagraph or, if there are no such applicable requirements, must be such as to allow the client a reasonable opportunity to request a record of the advice; and”.

Financial services guide given by authorised representative— compliance with statement

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 942C (8) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

           “(8)  If:

                     (a)  the Financial Services Guide includes a statement to the effect that a client may request a record of further advice; and

                     (b)  the client is provided with further advice to which that statement applies; and

                     (c)  the client has not already been provided with a record of that advice;

the providing entity must comply with a request made in accordance with that statement for a record of that advice.

Note:          Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1)).”

7.7.10AE   Situations in which Statement of Advice not required

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if section 946B of the Act were omitted and the following section were substituted:

“946B Situations in which a Statement of Advice is not required

First situation: further advice

             (1)  The providing entity does not have to give the client a Statement of Advice for particular advice (the further advice) if subsection (2) or (2A) applies.

             (2)  This subsection applies if:

                     (a)  the providing entity has previously given the client a Statement of Advice that set out the client’s relevant personal circumstances in relation to the advice (the previous advice) set out in that Statement; and

                     (b)  the client’s relevant personal circumstances in relation to the further advice (determined having regard to the client’s objectives, financial situation and needs as currently known to the providing entity) are not significantly different from the client’s relevant personal circumstances in relation to the previous advice; and

                     (c)  so far as the basis on which advice is given relates to other matters — the basis on which the further advice is given is not significantly different from the basis on which the previous advice was given.

Note:          Paragraphs 947B (2) (b) and 947C (2) (b) require a Statement of Advice to include information about the basis on which the advice is or was given, which may include the client's relevant personal circumstances, in which case paragraph (a) of this subsection would be satisfied.

          (2A)  This subsection applies if:

                     (a)  the client had a relationship with the providing entity before:

                              (i)  if the providing entity is a licensee — the day on which the providing entity obtained its Australian financial services Licence; or

                             (ii)  if the providing entity is an authorised representative — the day on which the licensee on whose behalf the advice is provided obtained its Australian financial services Licence; and

                     (b)  the providing entity gave the client advice (the earlier advice) of a kind that if it were given after the day the Australian financial services Licence was obtained would be considered to be personal advice; and

                     (c)  the client’s relevant personal circumstances in relation to the further advice are not significantly different from the client’s investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs that were determined for the earlier advice; and

                     (d)  so far as the basis on which advice is given relates to other matters — the basis on which the further advice is given is not significantly different from the basis on which the earlier advice was given.

             (3)  At the same time or as soon as practicable after the further advice is given to the client, the client must be given a statement that contains the information that would, if a Statement of Advice were to be given, be required to be in the Statement by paragraphs 947B (2) (d) and (e), or 947C (2) (e) and (f), as the case  requires, and by section 947D, if applicable.

          (3A)  The providing entity must keep a record of the further advice and, in doing so, must comply with any applicable requirements of regulations made for the purposes of this subsection.

Note 1:       Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1)).

Note 2:       For the client’s right to a record of the advice, see subsections 942B (8) and 942C (8).

Note 3:       Subsections 947D (2) and (3) require additional information to be included in the record in certain circumstances.

Second situation: certain basic deposit and other products

             (5)  The providing entity does not have to give the client a Statement of Advice if the advice relates to any or all of the following:

                     (a)  a basic deposit product;

                     (b)  a facility for making non-cash payments (see section 763D) that is related to a basic deposit product;

                     (c)  a financial product of a kind prescribed by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (6)  However, if subsection (4) applies and the client is not given a Statement of Advice, the client must instead, when, or as soon as practicable after, the advice is provided, be given the information that would be required to be in the Statement of Advice by paragraphs 947B (2) (d) and (e), or 947C (2) (e) and (f), as the case requires.”

[5]           Savings

                Despite the modification to Part 7.7 of the Corporations Act 2001 made by regulation 7.7.10AE, on the commencement of this item, regulation 7.7.10 is taken to have been made for paragraph 946B (5) (c) of that Act, as substituted by the regulation.

[6]           After regulation 7.7.10AF

insert

7.7.10AG   Various consequential amendments to Division 7 of Part 7.7

         (1)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the provisions set out in column 2 of the following table were modified as set out in columns 3 and 4:

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Item

provision of Act

is modified by…

and…

1

paragraph (b) of the definition of defective in subsection 952B (1)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

2

paragraph 952E (3) (a)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

3

paragraph 952F (1) (b)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

4

subparagraph 952F (1) (c) (i)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

5

paragraph 952G (1) (b)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

6

subparagraph 952G (1) (c) (i)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

7

paragraph (b) of the definition of defective in subsection 953A (1)

omitting “Statement of Advice”

substituting “Statement of Advice, a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A),”

         (2)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the provisions set out in column 2 of the following table were modified as set out in column 3:

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

provision of Act

is modified by…

1

the definition of defective in subsection 952B (1)

inserting after subparagraph 952B (1) (b) (ii):

     (iiA)   if it is a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A)— there is an omission from the record of advice of material required by subsection 946B (3A) or section 947D; or

2

the definition of disclosure document or statement in subsection 952B (1)

inserting after paragraph (c) of the definition the following paragraph:

(ca)  a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A); or

3

the definition of defective in subsection 953A (1)

inserting after subparagraph 952B (1) (b) (ii) the following paragraph:

     (iiA)   if it is a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A)— there is an omission from the record of advice of material required by subsection 946B (3A) or section 947D; or

4

the definition of disclosure document or statement in subsection 953A (1)

inserting after paragraph (c) of the definition the following paragraph:

(ca)  a record of advice required by subsection 946B (3A); or

[7]           After regulation 7.7.10A

insert

7.7.10B   Insertion of definition — further advice

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the following definition were inserted in section 761A:

further advice means advice to which subsection 946B (2) or (2A) applies.”

7.7.10C   Omission of definition — further market-related advice

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if the definition of “further market-related advice” were omitted from section 761A.

7.7.10D   Additional information in Statement of Advice

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 947D (2) of the Act were modified by omitting “Statement of Advice” and substituting “Statement of Advice or the record of advice under subsection 946B (3A), as the case requires,”.

7.7.10E   Additional information in Statement of Advice

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if subsection 947D (3) of the Act were modified by omitting “Statement of Advice” and substituting “Statement of Advice or the record of advice under subsection 946B (3A), as the case requires”.

[8]           Division 51 of Part 10.2

omit

Schedule 3        Proposal 3

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Regulation 7.9.02A

substitute

7.9.02A  Alternative ways of giving Statement

         (1)   For subsection 1015C (4) of the Act, the following are alternative ways of giving a Statement to a person:

                (a)    making the Statement available to the person in any way that:

                          (i)    is agreed to by the person; and

                         (ii)    allows the regulated person to be satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the person has received the Statement;

               (b)    making the Statement available to the person’s agent in any way that:

                          (i)    is agreed to by the agent; and

                         (ii)    allows the regulated person to be satisfied, on reasonable grounds, that the agent has received the Statement.

         (2)   If a provision of the Act or these Regulations imposes additional requirements in relation to a matter in subregulation (1), the alternative way of giving a Statement is subject to the requirements.

Note   Regulation 7.9.02B is an example of an additional requirement.

[2]           After Division 5AA of Part 7.9

insert

Division 5AB         Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

7.9.61AA     Modification of the Act: Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

Definition of Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

         (1)   For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761A of the Act were modified by inserting after the definition of self-managed superannuation fund the following definition:

“Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement, or Short-Form PDS, means a short-form Product Disclosure Statement that complies with the requirements of Division 3A of Part 7.9.”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

2

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

3

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

Definition of Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

         (2)   For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761A of the Act were modified by inserting after the definition of Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement the following definition:

“Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement, or Supplementary Short-Form PDS, has the meaning given by section 1017L.”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

2

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

3

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

Further modifications in Schedule 10BA

         (3)   For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act is modified in its application in relation to Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements as set out in Schedule 10BA.

         (4)   For paragraph 992C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.8 of the Act is modified in its application to Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements as set out in Schedule 10BA.

         (5)   For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act is modified in its application to Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements as set out in Schedule 10BA.

[3]           After Schedule 10B

insert

Schedule 10BA Modifications of the Act relating to Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

(regulation 7.9.61AA)

Part 1          Modifications of Part 7.7 of the Act

1.1           Paragraph 949A (2) (c)

after

Part 7.9)

insert

or a Short-Form PDS (see Division 3A of Part 7.9)

Part 2          Modifications of Part 7.8 of the Act

2.1           Paragraphs 992A (3) (c), (d) and (e)

after

Statement

insert

or a Short-Form PDS

Part 3          Modifications of Part 7.9 of the Act

3.1           After Division 3 of Part 7.9

insert

Division 3A — Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

1017H   Short-Form PDS

Short-Form PDS may be given instead of a Product Disclosure Statement in most cases

         (1)   If a regulated person is required or obliged by this Act to give a Product Disclosure Statement for a financial product (but see subsection (4)) to another person, the regulated person may instead provide a Short-Form PDS for the product.

Product Disclosure Statement must be given in certain circumstances

         (2)   However, if the regulated person is requested by the other person to provide the Product Disclosure Statement the regulated person must provide the Product Disclosure Statement.

Responsible person

         (3)   The responsible person for a Short-Form PDS for a financial product is the person who is the responsible person for the Product Disclosure Statement for the product.

Application of subsection (1)

         (4)   Subsection (1) does not apply to a general insurance product.

1017I  Contents of a Short-Form PDS

Contents

         (1)   The Short-Form PDS for a financial product must contain the following:

                (a)    a summary of the statements and information referred to in paragraphs 1013D (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (g) and (i) that were included in a Product Disclosure Statement for the product;

               (b)    a statement:

                          (i)    notifying the retail client in relation to the product that the client may ask for the Product Disclosure Statement for the product; and

                         (ii)    setting out the means by which the client may ask for the Product Disclosure Statement.

Extra contents for certain products

         (2)   If the Short-Form PDS is for a superannuation product or a managed investment product the Short-Form PDS must also set out in full the information in:

                (a)    any regulations made for the purposes of paragraph 1013D (4) (c) relating to the details of fees and costs; and

               (b)    any regulations made for the purposes of paragraph 1015C (5) (b) that relate to the presentation, structure and format of information required by paragraphs 1013D (1) (d) and (e).

Other information may be included in Short-Form PDS

         (3)   The Short-Form PDS may also:

                (a)    include other information; and

               (b)    refer to other information that is set out in the Product Disclosure Statement or Financial Services Guide for the product.

Reference to identify incorporated information

         (4)   If under paragraph (3) (b) information is referred to in the Short-Form PDS, the reference must identify the document or the part of the document that contains the information.

Incorporated document forms part of Short-Form PDS

         (5)   The document or part referred to in subsection (4) is taken to be included in the Short-Form PDS.

Rule as to statements in a Short-Form PDS

         (6)   If a Product Disclosure Statement for a financial product may include a statement made by a person (see section 1013K), the statement may also be included in the Short-Form PDS for the product.

1017J   Title of Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

         (1)   The title “Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement” must be used on the cover of, or at or near the front of, a Short-Form PDS.

         (2)   In any other part of a Short-Form PDS, “Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement” may be abbreviated to “Short-Form PDS”.

1017K   References in sections to Product Disclosure Statement to include references to Short-Form PDS

                The following provisions apply to a Short-Form PDS and so apply as if a reference to a Product Disclosure Statement in the provisions included a reference to a Short-Form PDS:

                (a)    sections 942DA, 947E, 1012F, 1012G, 1012H, 1012J, 1013A, 1013G, 1013H, 1013I, 1013L 1013M, 1016A, 1016B, 1016C, 1016D, 1016E and 1017A and subsections 1013C (3) and 1013C (4) to (7);

               (b)    any regulations made under those sections or subsections;

                (c)    any regulations that modify those sections or subsections.

Division 3B — Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

1017L   What a Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement is

                A Supplementary Short-Form PDS is a document by which a person who has prepared a Short-Form PDS can:

                (a)    correct a misleading or deceptive statement in the Short-Form PDS; or

               (b)    correct an omission from the Short-Form PDS of information it is required to contain; or

                (c)    update, or add to, the information contained in the Short-Form PDS; or

               (d)    change a statement of a kind referred to in paragraph 1016E (1) (a) or (b) (as applied by section 1017K).

1017M   Title of Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

         (1)   The title “Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement” must be used on the cover of, or at or near the front of, a Supplementary Short-Form PDS.

         (2)   In any other part of a Supplementary Short-Form PDS, “Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement” may be abbreviated to “Supplementary Short-Form PDS”.

1017N   Form of Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

                At the beginning of a Supplementary Short-Form PDS there must be:

                (a)    a statement that it is a Supplementary Short-Form PDS; and

               (b)    an identification of the Short-Form PDS that it supplements; and

                (c)    a statement that it is to be read together with that Short-Form PDS and any other specified Supplementary Short-Form PDS.

1017O   Effect of giving person a Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

                If:

                (a)    a person is given a Short-Form PDS; and

               (b)    at the same time, or later, they are given a Supplementary Short-Form PDS that supplements the Short-Form PDS;

the Short-Form PDS is taken, from when the Supplementary Short-Form PDS is given to the person, to include the information and statements contained in the Supplementary Short-Form PDS.

1017P   Situation in which only a Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement need be given

                If:

                (a)    apart from this section, a person would be required to give another person (the client) a Product Disclosure Statement (the new PDS) relating to a financial product; and

               (b)    the client has, because of some previous conduct, already received a Short-Form PDS (the earlier Short-Form PDS) relating to the financial product; and

                (c)    the earlier Short-Form PDS contains summaries of some, but not all, of the information that the new PDS is required to contain (see paragraph 1017I (1) (a));

the person may, instead of giving the client the new PDS, give the client a Supplementary Short-Form PDS that contains summaries of the additional information.

1017Q   Application of other provisions in relation to Supplementary Short-Form Product Disclosure Statements

                The following provisions apply in relation to a Supplementary Short-Form PDS in the same way as those provisions apply to a Product Disclosure Statement:

                (a)    sections 1013A, 1013G, 1013H, 1013K and subsections 1013C (3) and 1013C (4) to (7);

               (b)    any regulations made under those sections or subsections;

                (c)    any regulations that modify those sections or subsections.

3.2           Section 1015A

substitute

1015A    Subdivision applies to certain Disclosure Statements

         (1)   Subject to subsection (2):

                (a)    this Subdivision applies to:

                          (i)    a Product Disclosure Statement; or

                         (ii)    a Short-Form PDS; or

                         (iii)    a Supplementary PDS; or

                        (iv)    a Supplementary Short-Form PDS; and

               (b)    each of those kinds of documents is referred to in this Subdivision as a Statement.

         (2)   However:

                (a)    section 1015B does not apply to a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS; and

               (b)    in that section, Statement does not include a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS.

3.3           Subsection 1015B (1) (after the note)

insert

Note 2:   Subsection 1015A (2) provides that Statement in this section does not include a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS.

3.4           Paragraph 1018A (1) (e)

after

Statement

insert

or Short-Form PDS, if available,

3.5           Paragraph 1018A (2) (f)

after

Statement

insert

or Short-Form PDS, if available,

3.6           Subsection 1018A (3)

after

Statement

insert

or Short-Form PDS

3.7           Subparagraph 1018A (4) (d) (i)

after

Statement

insert

or Short-Form PDS

3.8           Paragraph 1020D (b)

omit

or Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, Short-Form PDS or Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.9           After paragraph 1021B (1) (b) (definition of defective)

insert

              (ba)    if it is a Short-Form PDS — there is an omission from the Short-Form PDS of material required by section 1017I; or

3.10        After paragraph 1021B (1) (c) (definition of defective)

insert

              (ca)    if it is a Supplementary Short-Form PDS  that is given for the purposes of section 1017P — there is an omission from the Short-Form PDS of material required by that section; or

3.11        Subsection 1021B (1), definition of disclosure document or statement, after paragraph (b)

insert

              (ba)    a Short-Form PDS; or

             (bb)    a Supplementary Short-Form PDS; or

3.12        After subsection 1021C (5)

insert

         (6)   If a person does not give a Product Disclosure Statement for a financial product because the person has given a Short-Form PDS for the product, the person is taken not to contravene this section.

3.13        Paragraph 1021H (1) (a)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.14        Subparagraph 1021H (1) (b) (i)

after

Product Disclosure Statement

insert

or Short-Form PDS

3.15        Subparagraph 1021H (1) (b) (ii)

omit

; and

insert

; or

3.16        After subparagraph 1021H (1) (b) (ii)

insert

                         (iii)    if it is a Supplementary Short-Form PDS — section 1013G, 1017M or 1017N; and

3.17        After subparagraph 1021J (1) (c) (ii)

insert

                        (iia)    if it is a Short-Form PDS — a direction not to distribute the Short-Form PDS unless it is accompanied by a Supplementary Short-Form PDS that corrects the deficiency;

3.18        After subparagraph 1021J (1) (c) (iii)

insert

                       (iiia)    if it is a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS — a direction not to distribute the Short-Form PDS or Supplementary Short-Form PDS without first altering it in a way that is specified in the direction, being a way that corrects the deficiency and that complies with section 1015E.

3.19        Paragraph 1021K (1) (a)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS (the disclosure statement)

3.20        Paragraph 1021K (1) (b)

omit

Product Disclosure Statement or Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

disclosure statement

3.21        Subparagraphs 1021K (1) (d) (i), (ii) and (iii)

omit

Product Disclosure Statement or Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

disclosure statement

3.22        Paragraph 1021L (1) (a)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.23        Paragraph 1021L (2) (a)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS (the disclosure statement)

3.24        Subparagraph 1021L (2) (b) (iv)

omit

Product Disclosure Statement or Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

disclosure statement

3.25        Subparagraphs 1021M (1) (a) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.26        Subparagraphs 1021M (3) (a) (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.27        After paragraph 1022A (1) (b) (definition of defective)

insert

              (ba)    if it is a Short-Form PDS — there is an omission from the Short-Form PDS of material required by section 1017I; or

3.28        After paragraph 1022A (1) (c) (definition of defective)

insert

              (ca)    if it is a Supplementary Short-Form PDS  that is given for the purposes of section 1017P— there is an omission from the Short-Form PDS of material required by that section; or

3.29        Subsection 1022A (1), definition of disclosure document or statement, after paragraph (b)

insert

              (ba)    a Short-Form PDS; or

             (bb)    a Supplementary Short-Form PDS; or

3.30        Subparagraph 1022B (1) (a) (i)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.31        Subparagraph 1022B (1) (c) (ii)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

3.32        Subparagraph 1022B (1) (d) (i)

omit

or a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement

insert

, a Supplementary Product Disclosure Statement, a Short-Form PDS or a Supplementary Short-Form PDS

Schedule 4        Proposals 4 and 6

(regulation 3)

Part 1                     Proposal 4

[1]           After regulation 7.9.15G

insert

7.9.15H  New section 1012G: product disclosure statement may sometimes be provided later

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act applies as if section 1012G were omitted and the following section were substituted:

                   “1012G    Product disclosure statement may sometimes be provided later: financial products subject to a cooling off period

Application of section

             (1)  The regulated person may deal with a financial product under this section only if the financial product is one for which an application form is not required under section 1016A and section 1019B (cooling off period) will apply if the client enters into a legal obligation to acquire the product pursuant to the recommendation or offer that constitutes the relevant conduct.

No need to give Product Disclosure Statement in certain circumstances

             (2)  In a recommendation situation or an issue situation, the regulated person need not give the client a Product Disclosure Statement for the financial product at or before the time when it would otherwise be required to be given if:

                     (a)  the client expressly instructs the regulated person that they require:

                              (i)  in a recommendation situation — the advice constituting the recommendation; or

                             (ii)  in an issue situation — the financial product;

                            to be provided or issued immediately, or by a specified time; and

                     (b)  it is not reasonably practicable, while complying with the client’s instructions, to give the client the Product Disclosure Statement at or before the time when it would otherwise be required to be given.

The regulated person must comply instead with subsection (3).

Requirements to be complied with to be able to give Product Disclosure statement later

             (3)  The regulated person must:

                     (a)  at or before the time referred to in paragraph (2) (b), orally communicate the following information to the client:

                              (i)  the name and contact details of the issuer of the financial product;

                             (ii)  information about the cooling off regime that applies in respect of acquisitions of the product (whether this regime is provided for by law or otherwise);

                            (iii)  that the client should consider the information in the Product Disclosure Statement that will be provided to the client;

                            (iv)  the further information (if any) requested by the client in response to a question under paragraph (b); and

                     (b)  at or before the time referred to in paragraph (2) (b), ask the client whether the client would like further information about the financial product; and

                     (c)  give the client the Product Disclosure Statement as soon as practicable after that time, and in any event not later than:

                              (i)  the time when the confirmation requirement (if applicable) is complied with; or

                             (ii)  the end of the fifth business day after the day on which the financial product was issued or sold to the client.

How information to be communicated

             (4)  The information referred to in paragraph (3) (a) must be communicated in a clear, concise and effective manner.

How confirmation requirement to be complied with

             (5)  For the purposes of subparagraph (3) (c) (i), the confirmation requirement is complied with when:

                     (a)  the client receives confirmation, as mentioned in paragraph 1017F (5) (a), of the transaction by which they acquired the financial product; or

                     (b)  confirmation of that transaction is available to the client by a facility as mentioned in paragraph 1017F (5) (b).”

7.9.15I    Modification of section 1012IA

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act applies as if subparagraph 1012IA (4) (b) (ii) were omitted and the following subparagraph was inserted:

                            “(ii)  subsection 1012G (3) applies in relation to the provider, the client and the regulated acquisition as if the reference to the regulated person were instead a reference to the provider, as if subparagraph 1012G (3) (c) (i) were omitted and as if the reference in subparagraph 1012G (3) (c) (ii) to the day on which the financial product was issued or sold to the client were instead a reference to the day on which the regulated acquisition occurs.”

[2]           Regulation 7.9.80

omit

[3]           Regulations 7.9.80C and 7.9.80D

omit

Part 2                     Proposal 6

[4]           Paragraph 7.7.02 (1) (b)

omit

cheques.

insert

cheques;

[5]           After paragraph 7.7.02 (1) (b)

insert

                (c)    a cash management trust interest.

[6]           Paragraph 7.7.10 (b)

omit

cheques.

insert

cheques;

[7]           After paragraph 7.7.10 (b)

insert

                (c)    a cash management trust interest;

[8]           After subregulation 7.9.07F

insert

7.9.07FA        Product Disclosure Statement not required for certain specified products

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, section 1012D of the Act is modified by inserting after subsection 1012D (7):

         “(7A)  In a recommendation situation, an issue situation or a sale situation, the regulated person does not have to give the client a Product Disclosure Statement for the financial product if:

                     (a)  the product is:

                              (i)  a basic deposit product; or

                             (ii)  a facility for making non-cash payments (see section 763D) that is related to a basic deposit product; or

                            (iii)  a travellers’ cheque; and

                     (b)  the regulated person has provided information about the cost of the product (if any) to the client; and

                     (c)  the regulated person has informed the client as to whether or not any amounts will or may be payable by the holder of the product, in respect of the product, after its acquisition; and

                     (d)  the regulated person has asked the client whether or not the client would like further information about the amounts mentioned in paragraph (c); and

                     (e)  if the client indicates that the client would like the further information mentioned in paragraph (d) — the regulated person has provided that information.”

[9]           After regulation 7.8.21

insert

7.8.21A  Anti-hawking provisions if no Product Disclosure Statement is required

                For paragraph 992C (1) (c), Part 7.8 of the Act applies as if the following subsection was inserted after subsection 992A (3):

      “(3AA)  Paragraphs 992A (3) (c), (d) and (e) do not apply to a person that offers a financial product mentioned in paragraph 1012D (7A) (a) if the regulated person complies with the requirements of paragraphs 1012D (7A) (b) to (e) in respect of the product.”

Schedule 5        Proposals 7

(regulation 3)

Part 1                     Proposal 7.1

[1]           After regulation 7.9.15C

insert

7.9.15D   Less information in product disclosure statement: general insurance product

                For paragraph 1013(4) (a) of the Act, the following provisions do not apply to a Product Disclosure Statement that relates to a general insurance product:

                (a)    paragraph 1013D (1) (c);

               (b)    subparagraph 1013D (1) (d) (iii);

                (c)    paragraph 1013D (1) (e);

               (d)    paragraph 1013D (1) (h);

                (e)    paragraph 1013D (1) (j);

                (f)    paragraph 1013D (1) (l).

7.9.15E   More detailed information in product disclosure statement: general insurance product

                For paragraph 1013D (4) (c) of the Act, the more detailed statement of the information, for paragraph 1013D (1) (f), that must be included in a Product Disclosure Statement that relates to a general insurance product is:

                (a)    the terms and conditions of the policy document (within the meaning of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984) being terms and conditions that are not provided in a Schedule to the policy document; and

               (b)    information that, if the issuer were seeking to rely on subsection 35 (2) and section 37 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984, the issuer would have had to provide to the insured before the contract of insurance was entered into.

7.9.15F   Product disclosure statement: general insurance product

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (b) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act applies to general insurance products as if subparagraph 1013C (1) (a) (ii) and section 1013E were omitted.

[2]           Transitional

         (1)   If, on or after the commencing day, a Product Disclosure Statement for a general insurance product complies with the requirements of old sections 1013C and 1013D, then, for the transition period only, the Product Disclosure Statement is taken to be complying with the requirements of new sections 1013C and 1013D.

         (2)   In this item:

commencing day means the day item 1 of this Schedule commences.

new sections 1013C and 1013D means those sections of the Corporations Act 2001, and any regulations made for the purposes of, or modifying those sections, as in force on and after the commencing day.

old sections 1013C and 1013D means those sections of the Corporations Act 2001, and any regulations made for the purposes of, or modifying those sections, as in force immediately before the commencing day.

transition period means the period of 18 months commencing on the commencing day.

Part 2                     New proposals relating to General Insurance Products

[3]           After regulation 7.9.07FB

insert

7.9.07FC   Product Disclosure Statement not required general insurance situation

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act is modified by adding after section 1014E of the Act the following section:

“1014EA General insurance product situation in which only a supplementary product disclosure statement need be given

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a person (the client) acquires a general insurance product (the original product) from another person (the regulated person); and

                     (b)  the client received a Product Disclosure Statement (the original PDS) relating to the product as required by the Act; and

                     (c)  the contract of insurance provides a renewable insurance cover (within the meaning of subsection 58 (1) of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984); and

                     (d)  the regulated person offers to renew the client’s contract of insurance (the new product); and

                     (e)  the regulated person is required to give the client a Product Disclosure Statement (the new PDS) relating to the new product; and

                      (f)  the original PDS contains some but not all of the information that the new PDS is required to contain.

             (2)  The regulated person may give the client a new PDS.

             (3)  If the regulated person does not give the client a new PDS, the regulated person must give the client a supplementary Product Disclosure Statement that contains the additional information.

             (4)  If the regulated person gives the client a supplementary Product Disclosure Statement under subsection (3), for the purposes of this Act:

                     (a)  the original PDS is taken to be the new PDS; and

                     (b)  the new PDS is taken to have been given to the client as required by this Act.”

[4]       After paragraph 7.7.10 (c)

insert

               (d)    a motor vehicle insurance product (see regulation 7.1.11);

                (e)    a home building insurance product (see regulation 7.1.12);

                (f)    a home contents insurance product (see regulation 7.1.13);

                (g)    a travel insurance product (see regulation 7.1.16);

                (h)    a personal and domestic property insurance product (see regulation 7.1.17);

                 (i)    a general insurance product prescribed by regulations made for the purposes of subparagraph 761G (5)(b) (viii) (see regulation 7.1.17A).

Schedule 6        Proposals 8

(regulation 3)

Part 1                     Proposal 8.1

[1]           After regulation 7.6.02AA

insert

7.6.02AB    Modification of section 761G of the Act: meaning of retail client and wholesale client

                For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761G of the Act were modified by inserting after paragraph 761G (7) (c), the following paragraph:

                  “(ca)  the financial product, or the financial service, is acquired by a company or trust controlled by a person who meets the requirements of subparagraph (c) (i) or (ii);”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 926B (1) (c)

Part 7.6

2

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

3

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

4

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

7.6.02AC    Modification of section 761G of the Act: meaning of retail client and wholesale client

                For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761G of the Act were modified by inserting after subsection 761G (7), the following subsections:

         “(7A)  In determining the net assets of a person under subparagraph (7) (c) (i), the net assets of a company or trust controlled by the person may be included.

Note:          Control is defined in section 50AA.

          (7B)  In determining the gross income of a person under subparagraph (7) (c) (ii), the gross income of a company or trust controlled by the person may be included.

Note:          Control is defined in section 50AA.”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 926B (1) (c)

Part 7.6

2

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

3

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

4

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

7.6.02AD    Modification of section 761G of the Act: meaning of retail client and wholesale client

                For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761G of the Act were modified by inserting after subsection 761G (4), the following subsection:

         “(4A)  For the purposes of this Chapter, if a financial product, or a financial service, is or would be provided to, or acquired by, a body corporate as a wholesale client, related bodies corporate of the client are taken to be wholesale clients in respect of the provision or acquisition of that financial product or financial service.”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 926B (1) (c)

Part 7.6

2

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

3

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

4

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

Part 2                     Proposal 8.2

[2]           After regulation 7.6.02AD

insert

7.6.02AE     Modification of section 9 of the Act: Definition of professional investor

                For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 9 of the Act were modified by omitting paragraph (e) of the definition of professional investor and substituting the following paragraph:

                    “(e)  the person has or controls gross assets of at least $10 million (including any assets held by an associate or under a trust that the person manages);”

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 926B (1) (c)

Part 7.6

2

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

3

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

4

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

Part 3                     Proposal 8.3

[3]           After regulation 6D.5.01

insert

6D.5.02       Modification of paragraph 708 (8) (c) of the Act: renewal period for accountants’ certificates

                   For paragraph 742 (1) (c) of the Act, section 708 of the Act applies as if paragraph 708 (8) (c) of the Act were modified by omitting “6 months” and substituting “2 years”.

[4]           After regulation 7.6.02AE

insert

7.6.02AF     Modification of section 761G of the Act: renewal period for accountants’ certificates

                   For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 apply as if section 761G of the Act were modified by omitting from paragraph 761G (7) (c) “6 months” and substituting “2 years”.

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 926B (1) (c)

Part 7.6

2

paragraph 951C (1) (c)

Part 7.7

3

paragraph 992C (1) (c)

Part 7.8

4

paragraph 1020G (1) (c)

Part 7.9

Schedule 7        Proposals 9

(regulation 3)

Part 1                     Proposal 9.1

[1]           After subregulation 7.7.02 (6)

insert

         (7)   If:

                (a)    a financial service is provided by a person (the secondary service provider) to a client by causing or authorising another person (the intermediary) to provide or pass on the service; and

               (b)    but for the operation of section 52 of the Act, the secondary service provider would not be taken to be providing the financial service to the client; and

                (c)    the intermediary does not act on behalf of the secondary service provider in providing or passing on the service for the secondary service provider (see section 911B of the Act); and

               (d)    the intermediary is a financial services licensee or an authorised representative of a financial services licensee; and

                (e)    the secondary service provider has a written agreement with the intermediary under which the intermediary agrees to either:

                          (i)    give the secondary service provider’s Financial Services Guide relating to the financial service provided by the secondary service provider to the client; or

                         (ii)    inform the client how to obtain the secondary service provider’s Financial Services Guide relating to the financial service provided by the secondary service provider;

then, for subsection 941C (8) of the Act, the secondary service provider does not have to give the client a Financial Services Guide for the financial service.

Schedule 8        Proposal 10.1

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           After regulation 7.1.33F

insert

7.1.33G   Certain general advice that does not attract remuneration etc.

                For subsection 766A (2) of the Act, a person (the advisor) is taken not to provide a financial service if:

                (a)    the advisor gives advice to another person; and

               (b)    the advice:

                          (i)    is not about a particular financial product or an interest in a particular financial product; and

                         (ii)    is not personal advice; and

                (c)    the advice:

                          (i)    is not intended to influence the other person in making a decision in relation to a particular financial product or an interest in a particular financial product; or

                         (ii)    could not reasonably be regarded as being intended to have such an influence; and

               (d)    by giving the advice neither the advisor, nor an associate of the advisor, receives any remuneration (including commission) or other benefit that is related to the advice given apart from remuneration (including commission) or other benefit that the advisor or the associate would have received if the advice was not given.

7.1.33H   Certain general advice given by a financial product issuer

                For subsection 766A (2) of the Act, a financial product issuer is not taken to provide a financial service if:

                (a)    the issuer gives advice to another person about:

                          (i)    a particular financial product or class of financial products issued by the issuer; or

                         (ii)    an interest in a particular financial product or a class of financial products issued by the issuer; and

               (b)    the advice is not personal advice; and

                (c)    the advice is given to the person at the same time as the issuer:

                          (i)    advises the person that the issuer is not licensed to provide financial product advice in relation to the product, class or interest, as the case may be; and

                         (ii)    recommends to the person that the person obtain a Product Disclosure Statement, if appropriate, and read it before making a decision to acquire the product or a product from the class of products, as the case may be; and

                         (iii)    if it is advice about the offer, issue or sale of a financial product — notifies the person about the availability or otherwise of a cooling-off regime that applies in respect of the acquisition of the product, a product from the class of products or an interest in a product as the case may be (whether the regime is provided for by law or otherwise).

Schedule 9        Proposal 11

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Paragraph 7.5.07 (4) (d)

after

911A (2)

insert

, (2A), (2B), (2C), (2D) or (2E)

[2]           Paragraph 7.6.01 (1) (ma)

omit

[3]           Subparagraph 7.6.01 (1) (na) (ii)

omit

a wholesale client

[4]           After regulation 7.6.02AF

insert

7.6.02AG    Modification of section 911A of the Act

                For paragraph 926B (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.6 of the Act applies as if section 911A of the Act were modified by inserting after subsection 911A (2)  the following subsections:

                   “(2A)         Also, a person (person 1) is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence for a financial service they provide to a person (person 2) in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  person 1 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (b)  person 2 is an Australian citizen or is resident in Australia;

                     (c)  the service is provided from outside this jurisdiction;

                     (d)  person 1 does not engage in conduct that is:

                              (i)  intended to induce people in this jurisdiction to use the service; or

                             (ii)  likely to have that effect.

                   (2B)          Also, a person (person 1) is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence for a financial service they provide to a person (person 2) in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  person 1 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (b)  person 1 believes on reasonable grounds that person 2 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (c)  person 1 is a participant in a financial market in this jurisdiction that is licensed under subsection 795B (2) of the Act;

                     (d)  the service relates to a financial product traded on the licensed market.

                   (2C)          Also, a person (person 1) is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence for a financial service they provide to a person (person 2) in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  person 1 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (b)  person 2 is:

                              (i)  the holder of an Australian financial services licence; or

                             (ii)  exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence under paragraph 911A (2) (h);

                     (c)  person 2 is not, in relation to the service:

                              (i)  acting as a trustee; or

                             (ii)  acting as a responsible entity of a registered managed investment scheme; or

                            (iii)  otherwise acting on someone else’s behalf.

                   (2D)          Also, a person (person 1) is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence for a financial service they provide to a person (person 2) in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  person 1 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (b)  person 2 is in this jurisdiction;

                     (c)  the service relates to a financial product:

                              (i)  issued by person 1 following an application by, or inquiry from, person 2; or

                             (ii)  issued by person 1 and acquired by person 2 when person 2 was not in this jurisdiction; or

                            (iii)  that supplements a financial product mentioned in subparagraphs (i) or (ii); or

                            (iv)  that is of the same kind as, and is issued in substitution for, a financial product mentioned in subparagraphs (i) or (ii);

                     (d)  person 1 does not actively solicit persons in this jurisdiction in relation to the financial products mentioned in subparagraphs (c) (i) to (iv);

                     (e)  paragraph (d) does not preclude person 1 from contacting person 2 in relation to the financial products mentioned in subparagraphs (c) (i) to (iv) after they have been acquired by person 2.

Note 1:       For subparagraph (c)(iii), an example of this kind of financial product includes a non-cash payment facility (such as a cheque facility) that is added to an existing transaction or investment account.

Note 2:       For subparagraph (c)(iv), examples of this kind of financial product include:

        (a)               a transaction or investment account that is replaced by another                            transaction or investment account; or

        (b)              the renewal of an insurance policy.

           (2E)  Also, a person (person 1) is exempt from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence for a financial service they provide to a person (person 2) in the following circumstances:

                     (a)  person 1 is not in this jurisdiction;

                     (b)  person 2 is a professional investor;

                     (c)  the service consists of any or all of the following:

                              (i)  dealing in derivatives or foreign exchange contracts;

                             (ii)  providing advice on derivatives or foreign exchange contracts;

                            (iii)  making a market in derivatives or foreign exchange contracts.”

7.6.02AH       Modification of paragraph 911B (1) (e) of the Act

                For paragraph 926B (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.6 of the Act applies as if paragraph 911B (1) (e) of the Act were modified by omitting “911A (2)” and substituting “911A (2), (2A), (2B), (2C), (2D) or (2E)”.

[5]           After Division 5 of Part 7.7

insert

Division 6              Exemptions from application of Part 7.7 of the Act

7.7.21     Exemption from application of Part 7.7 of the Act

                For paragraph 951C (1) (a) of the Act, Part 7.7 does not apply to a financial services licensee or an authorised representative in respect of financial services provided to retail clients who are not in this jurisdiction.

Note   Regulation 7.9.98 also contains exemptions from the operation of Part 7.7 of the Act.

[6]           After subregulation 7.9.07FA

insert

7.9.07FB        Product Disclosure Statement not required if client not in this jurisdiction

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, section 1012D of the Act is modified by inserting after subsection 1012D (8):

         “(8A)  In a recommendation situation, an issue situation or a sale situation, the regulated person does not have to give the client a Product Disclosure Statement for the financial product if the client is not in this jurisdiction.”

[7]           After Division 13 of Part 7.9

insert

Division 14 — Exemptions from Parts 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 of the Act

7.9.98     Certain providers of financial services exempted from the requirements of Parts 7.7, 7.8 and 7.9 of the Act

                For the provisions of the Act set out in column 2 of the following table, a person who is providing a financial service in the circumstances set out subsections 911A  (2A) to (2E) is exempt from the operation of the Parts of the Act specified in column 3 in relation to the provision of that service.

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Item

Provisions of Act

 

1

paragraph 951C (1) (a)

Part 7.7

2

paragraph 992C (1) (a)

Part 7.8

3

paragraph 1020G (1) (a)

Part 7.9

Schedule 10      Proposal 12.1

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           After Part 7.6

insert

Part 7.6A            Authorised representatives

7.6.08     Authorised representatives

         (1)   For paragraph 926B (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.6 of the Act applies as if the provisions of section 916B set out in column 2 of the following table were modified as set out in columns 3 and 4:

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Item

provision of Act

is modified by…

and…

1

subsection 916B (3)

omitting “A body corporate that is an authorised representative”

substituting “An authorised representative (authoriser)”

2

subsection 916B (3)

omitting “the body corporate”

substituting “the authoriser”

3

subsection 916B (5A)

omitting “a body corporate”

substituting “an authoriser”

4

paragraph 916B (7) (b)

omitting “the body corporate”

substituting “the authoriser”

5

subsection 916B (9)

omitting “the body corporate”

substituting “the authoriser”

         (2)   For paragraph 926B (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.6 of the Act applies as if the following subsection were inserted after subsection 916B (3):

                   “(3A)         An individual who is authorised as mentioned in subsection (3) cannot, in that capacity, authorise another person under subsection (3).”

         (3)   For paragraph 926B (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.6 of the Act applies as if subsection 916F (1AA) were omitted and the following subsection were substituted:

                   “(1AA)   Subsection (1) does not apply to an authorisation of a representative by an authorised representative (the authoriser) if:

                     (a)  the authorisation is given as mentioned in section 916B; and

                     (b)  the relevant consent under subsection 916B (5) was given in respect of a specified class of individuals of which the representative is a member; and

                     (c)  the representative is an employee of the authoriser; and

                     (d)  the only financial services that the representative is authorised to provide are one or more of the following:

                              (i)  general advice that relates to financial products covered by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph;

                             (ii)  dealing in financial products covered by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph;

                            (iii)  personal advice about a basic deposit product or a facility for making non-cash payments that relates to a basic deposit product; and

                     (e)  the authoriser provides information about the representative and the representative’s authorisation when requested.”

Note 1:       Regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (d) may be expressed to cover all financial products, or only 1 or more specified kinds of financial products.

Note 2:       A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection (1AA). See subsection 13.3 (3) of the Criminal Code.”

[2]           Regulation 7.6.04B

omit

[3]           Subregulation 7.7.05B (1)

substitute

         (1)   This regulation applies if:

                (a)    a financial services licensee; or

               (b)    an authorised representative (the authoriser) of a financial services licensee;

authorises an individual to provide financial services on behalf of the licensee.

[4]           Subregulation 7.7.05B (3)

omit

a body corporate that is an authorised representative

substitute

an authoriser

[5]           Paragraph 7.7.05B (3) (b)

omit

the body corporate authorised representative

substitute

the authoriser

[6]           Paragraph 7.7.05B (3) (c)

omit

the body corporate authorised representative

substitute

the authoriser

[7]           Subparagraph 7.7.05B (3) (d) (ii)

omit

the body corporate authorised representative’s

substitute

the authoriser’s

[8]           Savings

                Despite the modification to Part 7.6 of the Corporations Act 2001 made by subregulation 7.6.08 (3), on the commencement of this item, regulation 7.6.04A is taken to have been made for paragraph 916F (1AA) (d) of that Act, as substituted by the subregulation.

Schedule 11      Miscellaneous amendments

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Paragraph 7.6.04A (c)

omit

product.

insert

product;

[2]           After paragraph 7.6.04A (c)

insert

               (d)    a consumer credit insurance product;

                (e)    a cash management trust interest.

[3]           After regulation 7.9.07J

insert

7.9.07K  Definition of defective: Product Disclosure Statement or Short-Form Product Disclosure Statement

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act applies as if section 1022A of the Act were modified by omitting paragraph (b) of the definition of defective in subsection (1) and inserting the following paragraph:

              “(b)    if it is a Product Disclosure Statement or a Short-Form PDS — either:

                          (i)    it is not prepared in accordance with section 1013A; or

                         (ii)    there is an omission from the Product Disclosure Statement or a Short-Form PDS (as the case may be) of material required by section 1013C, other than material required by section 1013B or 1013G; or”.

[4]           After regulation 7.9.15F

insert

7.9.15G  Business days

                For paragraph 1020G (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.9 of the Act applies as if paragraph 1019B (3) (b)  were modified by omitting “5th day” and substituting “fifth business day”.

[5]           After regulation 7.7.10AG

insert

7.7.10AH       Business days

                For paragraph 951C (1) (c) of the Act, Part 7.7 of the Act applies as if paragraph 946C (3) (c) was modified by omitting “5 days” and substituting “5 business days”.


Note

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