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No. 1 of 2007 Rules/Other as made
This instrument amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules to insert Chapter 11 which relates to AML/CTF compliance reports, and specifies the reporting and lodgment periods for such reports.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Registered 28 Jun 2007
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled Senate07-Aug-2007
Tabled HR07-Aug-2007
Date of repeal 09 Apr 2013
Repealed by Attorney-General's (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2013

Explanatory Statement – Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules for AML/CTF Compliance Reports



Section 229 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) provides that the AUSTRAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) may, by writing, make AML/CTF Rules prescribing matters required or permitted by any other provision of the Act to be prescribed by the AML/CTF Rules.


Part 3 of the AML/CTF Act deals with the reporting obligations of reporting entities.


This explanatory statement concerns the AML/CTF Rules pursuant to section 47 of the AML/CTF Act regarding AML/CTF compliance reports.


The AML/CTF Rules are registered in the form of numbered chapters and are legislative instruments as defined in section 5 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.


Chapter 11


Section 47 of the AML/CTF Act places an obligation on reporting entities to give the AUSTRAC CEO reports periodically regarding their compliance with the Act, the regulations and the AML/CTF Rules.


Chapter 11 of the AML/CTF Rules specifies that under paragraph 47(1)(a) of the AML/CTF Act, a reporting period is the period beginning on 13 December 2006 and ending on 31 December 2007 inclusive.


Chapter 11 also specifies that under paragraph 47(1)(b) of the AML/CTF Act, the lodgment period for reports produced under the defined reporting period, is three months beginning from the end of the reporting period (31 December 2007) and ending on 31 March 2008 (inclusive).


Anticipated impact


These AML/CTF Rules will have an impact on all reporting entities to which reporting obligations apply. As a result, costs will likely be incurred by reporting entities due to their compliance with the relevant obligations.


A regulatory impact statement of the AML/CTF Bill was prepared prior to the passage of the Bill.


Benefits arising from the AML/CTF Rules


The report deadline of 31 March 2008 is intended to provide industry with sufficient lead time to make adequate preparations and put in place systems and structures to assist in meeting these new obligations.







AUSTRAC has consulted with the Privacy Commissioner, the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Crime Commission in relation to these AML/CTF Rules.


AUSTRAC also published a draft of these AML/CTF Rules on its website for public comment. Industry was consulted extensively in the development of these AML/CTF Rules and AUSTRAC considered all comments which were made.


Ongoing consultation


AUSTRAC will continue to consult with stakeholders on the operation of these AML/CTF Rules.