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ASIC Class Order [CO 03/217]

Authoritative Version
CO 03/217 Orders/ASIC Class Orders as amended, taking into account amendments up to ASIC Class Order [CO 03/622]
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 13 Dec 2006
Start Date 17 Jul 2003
Date of repeal 11 Mar 2017
Repealed by ASIC Corporations (Amendment and Repeal) Instrument 2017/41

ASIC Class Order [CO 03/217]

Differential fees

This instrument was made under paragraph 601QA(1)(a) of the Corporations Act 2001.

This compilation was prepared on 2 August 2006 taking into account amendments up to [CO 03/622].

Prepared by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Corporations Act 2001 — Paragraph  601QA(1)(a) — Revocation and Exemption

Under paragraph 601QA(1)(a) of the Corporations Act 2001 (the “Act”) the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) hereby revokes ASIC Class Order [02/214] with effect from 11 March 2004.

And under paragraph 601QA(1)(a) of the Act ASIC hereby exempts each person referred to in Schedule A from paragraph 601FC(1)(d) of the Act to the extent that it requires them to treat the members who hold interests of the same class equally, in the cases referred to in Schedule B, on the conditions set out in Schedule C and for so long as they are met.

Schedule A

The responsible entity of a registered scheme (the “responsible entity”).

Schedule B

1.    The charging, rebating or waiving of fees including entry, exit and periodic fees (“management fees”) by the responsible entity to members on a basis that differs from that applying to other members who hold interests of the same class and that is based on at least one of the following:

(a)   the total value of, or the number of, interests held by the member or by the member and one or more associated parties in one or more of:

(i)         the scheme;

(ii)        all or any other specified managed investment schemes operated by the responsible entity or a related body corporate of the responsible entity;

(iii)       all or any specified financial products issued by the responsible entity or a related body corporate of the responsible entity; or

(b)   the total period of time during which the member or the member and one or more associated parties has held interests in one or more of:

(i)         the scheme;

(ii)        all or any other specified managed investment schemes operated by the responsible entity or a related body corporate of the responsible entity;

(iii)       all or any specified financial products issued by the responsible entity or a related body corporate of the responsible entity; or

(c)   the member carrying out transactions or receiving services (including the receipt of documents required by or under the Act) in relation to the scheme by electronic means, where the responsible entity reasonably believes that the member will have reasonable access to those electronic means of transacting or receiving services; or

(d)   the member being an employee of the responsible entity or a related body corporate of the responsible entity (“employee member”) in circumstances where the number of votes that may be cast on a resolution of the scheme's members by employee members is no more than 5% of all votes of members; or

(e)   the member having acquired their interests under a switching facility that involved the member first withdrawing from  another managed investment scheme operated by the responsible entity; or

(f)    savings to the scheme resulting, or reasonably expected by the responsible entity to result, from the lower cost of servicing a member of the scheme because of particular characteristics of that member or of their investment, where the amount of the benefit by way of lower management fees charged to that member, or the rebate or waiver of management fees provided to that member is no greater than a reasonable estimate of the amount of the saving or expected saving.

2.    The charging, rebating or waiving of management fees by the responsible entity to a member who acquired their interests in the scheme in response to an offer:

(a)   made to a person (“sophisticated or professional investor”) where the offer does not require disclosure to investors under Part 6D.2 of the Act because it is covered by subsections  708(8) or  708(11); or

(b)   that does not require the giving of a Product Disclosure Statement because it is made to a wholesale client,

         on a basis that differs from that applying to other members who hold interests of the same class and that is based on individual negotiation between the responsible entity and that member.

Schedule C

1.    The responsible entity must ensure that:

(a)   where a differential fee arrangement of a kind referred to in paragraph 1 of Schedule B is in place or is to be offered, a statement of the basis upon which the differential fee will be calculated and which specifies the fees members will have to bear; and

(b)   where a differential fee arrangement of a kind referred to in paragraph 2 of Schedule B is in place or is to be offered to certain sophisticated or professional investors or wholesale clients, a statement of that fact,

         is or has been disclosed in a clear, concise and effective manner:

(c)   to existing members of the scheme by no later than the date of the first communication by the responsible entity to all members after the date when the differential fee arrangement is first offered; and

(d)   in any disclosure document or Product Disclosure Statement required by the Act in relation to the scheme.

2.    The responsible entity must ensure that the differential fee arrangements referred to in Schedule B do not adversely affect the fees paid or to be paid by any member of the scheme who is not entitled to the benefit of those fee arrangements.

3.    The responsible entity must ensure that where a differential fee arrangement of a kind referred to in paragraph 1 of Schedule B is in place or is to be offered, that arrangement is applied without discrimination to all members who satisfy the criteria necessary to receive the benefit of the arrangement.

Interpretation

For the purposes of this instrument:

1.    “associated party” of a member means:

(a)   a spouse, de facto spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the member; or

(b)   a company which has no member other than the member or a person described in paragraph (a); or

(c)   a regulated superannuation fund within the meaning of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 which has no member other than the member or a person described in paragraph (a); or

(d)   a trust which has no beneficiary other than the member or a person described in paragraphs (a) or (b); or

(e)   an entity controlled by the member or person described in paragraphs (a) or (b).

2.    “wholesale client” has the meaning given to that term by section  761G of the Act. 

 

Notes to ASIC Class Order [CO 03/217]

Note 1

ASIC Class Order [CO 03/217] (in force under paragraph 601QA(1)(a) of the Corporations Act 2001) as shown in this compilation comprises that Class Order amended as indicated in the Tables below.

Table of Instruments

Instrument number

Date of making or FRLI registration

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

[CO 03/217]

27/3/2003

27/3/2003

-

[CO 03/622]

17/7/2003

17/7/2003

-

Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

Interpretation para 1(a)

am. [CO 03/622]

Interpretation para 1(b)

rs. [CO 03/622]

Interpretation paras 1(c) to (e)

ad. [CO 03/622]