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This instrument amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1) in relation to Chapters 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 15 and 30, and to update privacy notices.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Made 15 May 2014
Registered 19 May 2014
Tabled HR 26 May 2014
Tabled Senate 16 Jun 2014
Date of repeal 02 Jun 2014
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 5A of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Amendment Instrument 2014 (No. 3)

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006

I, John Lance Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, make this Instrument under section 229 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

 

Dated 15th May 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Signed]

John Lance Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer
Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre


 

1              Name of Instrument

This Instrument is the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Amendment Instrument 2014 (No.3).

2              Commencement

 

               This Instrument commences as follows:

 

(a)        on the day after it is registered – Schedule 1;

(b)        on 1 June 2014 – Schedule 2.

              

3             Amendment

(a)     Schedule 1 amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-          Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1);

(b)     Schedule 2 amends the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-          Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1).

 

Schedule 1               Amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1).

 

1.      Chapter 1

 

Item 1    For the definition of certified copy, at the end of subparagraph (5)

 

Omit      .

 

Insert     ;

 

(6)     a person authorised as a notary public in a foreign country.

 

Item 2             For the definition of certified extract substitute

 

certified extract means an extract that has been certified as a true copy of some of the information contained in a complete original document, by one of the persons described in paragraphs (1)-(6) of the definition of ‘certified copy’ in paragraph 1.2.1 of these Rules.

 

2.      Privacy notices

 

Item 1             Wherever occurring

 

Omit

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the National Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.

 

Substitute

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.

 

Item 2             For Chapter 56, wherever occurring

 

Omit

 

Note 1:Subsection 6E(1A) of the Privacy Act 1988 applies the National Privacy Principles to all reporting entities in relation to their activities under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

 

Substitute

 

Note 1:Subsection 6E(1A) of the Privacy Act 1988 applies the Australian Privacy Principles to all reporting entities in relation to their activities under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

 

Schedule 2               Amendment of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Instrument 2007 (No. 1).

 

1.      Chapter 1

 

Item 1             For paragraph 1.1.1 substitute

These Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules (AML/CTF Rules) are made pursuant to section 229 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act). Section 229 of the AML/CTF Act empowers the AUSTRAC CEO to make rules prescribing matters required or permitted by the AML/CTF Act to be prescribed by AML/CTF Rules. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

Item 2             For paragraph 1.2.1 after the definition of AML/CTF program insert

Australian Government Entity means:

(1)        the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

(2)        an agency or authority of:

(a)        the Commonwealth; or

(b)        a State; or

(c)        a local governing body established by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory, other than a body whose sole or principal function is to provide a particular service, such as the supply of electricity or water;

Item 3             For paragraph 1.2.1 relating to the definition of beneficial owner

Omit

beneficial owner, in respect of a company, means any individual who owns through one or more share holdings more than 25 per cent of the issued capital in the company.

Substitute

beneficial owner:

(1)        of a person who is a reporting entity, means an individual who owns or controls (directly or indirectly) the reporting entity;

(2)        of a person who is a customer of a reporting entity, means an individual who ultimately owns or controls (directly or indirectly) the customer;

(3)        In this definition: control includes control as a result of, or by means of, trusts, agreements, arrangements, understandings and practices, whether or not having legal or equitable force and whether or not based on legal or equitable rights, and includes exercising control through the capacity to determine decisions about financial and operating policies; and

(4)        In this definition: owns means ownership (either directly or indirectly) of 25% or more of a person.

Note:   The definition ‘control test’ does not apply to this definition.

Item 4             For paragraph 1.2.1 after the definition of online gambling service                       insert

            politically exposed person means an individual:

(1)        who holds a prominent public position or function in a government body or an international organisation, including:

(a)        Head of State or head of a country or government; or

(b)        government minister or equivalent senior politician; or

(c)        senior government official; or

(d)       Judge of the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia or a Supreme Court of a State or Territory, or a Judge of a court of equivalent seniority in a foreign country or international organisation; or

(e)        governor of a central bank or any other position that has comparable influence to the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia; or

(f)        senior foreign representative, ambassador, or high commissioner; or

(g)        high-ranking member of the armed forces; or

(h)        board chair, chief executive, or chief financial officer of, or any other position that has comparable influence in, any State enterprise or international organisation; and

(2)        who is an immediate family member of a person referred to in paragraph (1), including:

(a)        a spouse; or

(b)        a de facto partner; or

(c)        a child and a child's spouse or de facto partner; or

(d)       a parent; and

(3)        who is a close associate of a person referred to in paragraph (1), which means any individual who is known (having regard to information that is public or readily available) to have:

(a)        joint beneficial ownership of a legal entity or legal arrangement with a person referred to in paragraph (1); or

(b)        sole beneficial ownership of a legal entity or legal arrangement that is known to exist for the benefit of a person described in paragraph (1).

(4)        In these Rules:

(a)        domestic politically exposed person means a politically exposed person of an Australian government body;

(b)        foreign politically exposed person means a politically exposed person of a government body of a foreign country;

(c)        international organisation politically exposed person means a politically exposed person of an international organisation.

(5)        In this definition international organisation means an organisation:

(a)        established by formal political agreement by two or more countries and that agreement has the status of an international treaty; and

(b)        recognised in the law of the countries which are members of the organisation.

Note:   The term de facto partner is defined in the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 and the terms ‘foreign country’ and ‘government body’ are defined in the AML/CTF Act.

Item 5             For paragraph 1.2.1 after the definition of racecourse insert

reasonable measures means appropriate measures which are commensurate with the money laundering or terrorist financing risks.

Item 6             For paragraph 1.2.1 after the definition of secondary identification document insert

senior managing official means an individual who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the business of a customer of a reporting entity or who has the capacity to affect significantly the financial standing of a customer of a reporting entity.

 

2.        Chapter 4

Item 1             Repeal Chapter 4

Item 2             After Chapter 3

Insert

CHAPTER 4      

Part 4.1              Introduction

 

4.1.1    These Rules are made pursuant to section 229 of the AML/CTF Act for the purposes of paragraphs 36(1)(b), 84(2)(c), 84(3)(b), 85(2)(c) and 85(3)(b), and sections 106, 107 and 108 of the AML/CTF Act.  Sections 136 and 137 of the AML/CTF Act apply to each paragraph of this Chapter. They specify the requirements with which Part A or Part B of a reporting entity’s standard AML/CTF program or Part A or Part B of a reporting entity’s joint AML/CTF program must comply.  The primary purpose of Part A of a standard or joint AML/CTF program is to identify, manage and mitigate money laundering or terrorism financing (ML/TF) risk a reporting entity may reasonably face in relation to the provision by the reporting entity of designated services at or through a permanent establishment in Australia. The sole or primary purpose of Part B is to set out the reporting entity’s applicable customer identification procedures. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

4.1.2    This Chapter does not apply to:

(1)        a pre‑commencement customer; or

(2)        a customer who receives a designated service covered by item 40, 42 or 44 of table 1 in section 6 of the AML/CTF Act.

Note:   Subparagraph 4.1.2(1) relates to pre-commencement customers referred to in sections 28 and 29 of the AML/CTF Act.

4.1.3    For the purposes of these Rules, in identifying its ML/TF risk a reporting entity must consider the risk posed by the following factors:

(1)        its customer types; including:

                        (a)        beneficial owners of customers; and

                        (b)        any politically exposed persons;

(2)        its customers’ sources of funds and wealth;

(3)        the nature and purpose of the business relationship with its customers, including, as appropriate, the collection of information relevant to that consideration;

(4)        the control structure of its non-individual customers;

(5)        the types of designated services it provides;

(6)        the methods by which it delivers designated services; and

(7)        the foreign jurisdictions with which it deals.

Different requirements with respect to different kinds of customers

4.1.4    These Rules specify different requirements for AML/CTF programs in relation to different kinds of customers.  An AML/CTF program must comply with such requirements to the extent that a reporting entity has a customer of a particular kind.  These Rules make provision in respect of the following kinds of customers:

(1)      Individuals – Part 4.2 of these Rules;

(2)      Companies – Part 4.3 of these Rules;

(3)      Customers who act in the capacity of a trustee of a trust – Part 4.4 of these Rules;

(4)      Customers who act in the capacity of a member of a partnership – Part 4.5 of these Rules;

(5)      Incorporated or unincorporated associations – Part 4.6 of these Rules;

(6)      Registered co‑operatives – Part 4.7 of these Rules;

(7)      Government bodies – Part 4.8 of these Rules.

Requirements in respect to Beneficial Owners and Politically Exposed Persons

4.1.5    These Rules specify different requirements for AML/CTF programs in relation to beneficial owners and politically exposed persons:

            (1)        Beneficial Owners – Part 4.12 of these Rules;

            (2)        Politically Exposed Persons – Part 4.13 of these Rules.

 

4.1.6    A reporting entity is only required to apply the requirements specified in subparagraphs 4.4.3(5) and 4.4.5(5), and in Part 4.12 and Part 4.13 of these Rules to a person who becomes a customer after the commencement of those provisions on 1 June 2014.

Verification

4.1.7    These Rules also require an AML/CTF program to comply with the requirements of Part 4.9 of these Rules relating to document‑based verification and with the requirements of Part 4.10 of these Rules relating to verification from electronic data.

Agents of customers

4.1.8    An AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements of Part 4.11 of these Rules in relation to any agent who is authorised to act for or on behalf of a customer in relation to a designated service.

Part 4.2              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals

4.2.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who is an individual, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.2 of these Rules.

4.2.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a customer is an individual, that the customer is the individual that he or she claims to be.

Collection of information

4.2.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from an individual (other than an individual who notifies the reporting entity that he or she is a customer of the reporting entity in his or her capacity as a sole trader):

(1)      the customer’s full name;

(2)      the customer’s date of birth; and

(3)      the customer’s residential address.

4.2.4    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect at a minimum, the following KYC information from a customer who notifies the reporting entity that he or she is a customer of the reporting entity in his or her capacity as a sole trader:

(1)      the customer’s full name;

(2)      the customer’s date of birth;

(3)      the full business name (if any) under which the customer carries on his or her business;

(4)      the full address of the customer’s principal place of business (if any) or the customer’s residential address; and

(5)      any ABN issued to the customer.

4.2.5    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 above, any other KYC information will be collected from a customer.

Verification of information

4.2.6    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to verify, at a minimum, the following KYC information about a customer:

(1)      the customer’s full name; and

(2)      either:

(a)  the customer’s date of birth; or

(b)  the customer’s residential address.

4.2.7    An AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information collected about a customer be based on:

(1)      reliable and independent documentation;

(2)      reliable and independent electronic data; or

(3)      a combination of (1) and (2) above.

4.2.8    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.2.6 above, any other KYC information collected from the customer should be verified from reliable and independent documentation, reliable and independent electronic data or a combination of the two.

Responding to discrepancies

4.2.9    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying KYC information collected from a customer so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied that the customer is the person that he or she claims to be.

Documentation‑based safe harbour procedure where ML/TF risk is medium or lower

4.2.10  Paragraph 4.2.11 sets out one procedure for documentation‑based verification which a reporting entity may include in an AML/CTF program to comply with its obligations under paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8, and 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 of these Rules where the relationship with the customer is of medium or lower ML/TF risk.  Paragraph 4.2.11 does not preclude a reporting entity from meeting the requirements of paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8, and 4.9.1 to 4.9.3 of these Rules in another way where the relationship with the customer is of medium or lower ML/TF risk.

4.2.11  An AML/CTF program that requires the reporting entity to do the following will be taken to meet the requirements of paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8 and 4.9.2 to 4.9.3 of these Rules in respect of a customer, where a reporting entity determines that the relationship with that customer is of medium or lower risk:

(1)      collect the KYC information described in paragraph 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 (as the case may be) from a customer;

(2)      verify the customer’s name and either the customer’s residential address or date of birth, or both, from:

(a)    an original or certified copy of a primary photographic identification document; or

(b)    both:

(i)       an original or certified copy of a primary non‑photographic identification document; and

(ii)      an original or certified copy of a secondary identification document; and

(3)      verify that any document produced by the customer has not expired (other than in the case of a passport issued by the Commonwealth that expired within the preceding two years).

Electronic‑based safe harbour procedure where ML/TF Risk is medium or lower

4.2.12  Paragraph 4.2.13 sets out one procedure for electronic verification which a reporting entity may follow to comply with its obligations under paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8, and 4.10.1 of these Rules where the relationship with the customer is of medium or lower ML/TF risk.  Paragraph 4.2.13 does not preclude a reporting entity from meeting the requirements of paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8, and 4.10.1 of these Rules in another way where the relationship with the customer is of medium or lower ML/TF risk.

4.2.13  An AML/CTF program that requires the reporting entity to do the following will be taken to meet the requirements of paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.8, and 4.10.1 of these Rules in respect of a customer, where a reporting entity determines that the relationship with the customer is of medium or lower risk:

(1)     collect the KYC information described in paragraph 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 (as the case may be) from a customer;

(2)     verify, having regard to the matters set out in subparagraph 4.10.2(1):

(a)     the customer’s name and the customer’s residential address using reliable and independent electronic data from at least two separate data sources; and either

(b)    the customer’s date of birth using reliable and independent electronic data from at least one data source; or

(c)     that the customer has a transaction history for at least the past 3 years.

Part 4.3              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to companies

4.3.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who is a domestic or a foreign company, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.3 of these Rules.

4.3.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a customer is a company, that:

(1)      the company exists; and

(2)      in respect to beneficial owners, the reporting entity has complied with the requirements specified in Part 4.12 of these Rules.

 

Existence of the company ‑ collection of minimum information

4.3.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from a company:

(1)      in the case of a domestic company:

(a)    the full name of the company as registered by ASIC;

(b)    the full address of the company’s registered office;

(c)    the full address of the company’s principal place of business, if any;

(d)   the ACN issued to the company;

(e)    whether the company is registered by ASIC as a proprietary or public company; and

(f)    if the company is registered as a proprietary company, the name of each director of the company;

(2)      in the case of a registered foreign company:

(a)    the full name of the company as registered by ASIC;

(b)    the full address of the company’s registered office in Australia;

(c)    the full address of the company’s principal place of business in Australia (if any) or the full name and address of the company’s local agent in Australia, if any;

(d)   the ARBN issued to the company;

(e)    the country in which the company was formed, incorporated or registered;

(f)    whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so whether it is registered as a private or public company or some other type of company; and

(g)    if the company is registered as a private company by the relevant foreign registration body ‑ the name of each director of the company;

(3)     in the case of an unregistered foreign company:

(a)    the full name of the company;

(b)    the country in which the company was formed, incorporated or registered;

(c)    whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so:

(i)       any identification number issued to the company by the relevant foreign registration body upon the company’s formation, incorporation or registration;

(ii)      the full address of the company in its country of formation, incorporation or registration as registered by the relevant foreign registration body; and

(iii)     whether it is registered as a private or public company or some other type of company by the relevant foreign registration body;

(d)   if the company is registered as a private company by the relevant foreign registration body ‑ the name of each director of the company; and

(e)    if the company is not registered by the relevant foreign registration body, the full address of the principal place of business of the company in its country of formation or incorporation.

4.3.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.3.3, any other KYC information relating to the company’s existence will be collected in respect of a company.

Existence of company – verification of information

4.3.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to verify, at a minimum, the following information about a company:

(1)      in the case of a domestic company:

(a)    the full name of the company as registered by ASIC;

(b)    whether the company is registered by ASIC as a proprietary or public company; and

(c)    the ACN issued to the company;

(2)      in the case of a registered foreign company:

(a)    the full name of the company as registered by ASIC;

(b)    whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so whether it is registered as a private or public company; and

(c)    the ARBN issued to the company;

(3)      in the case of an unregistered foreign company:

(a)    the full name of the company; and

(b)    whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so:

(i)       any identification number issued to the company by the relevant foreign registration body upon the company’s formation, incorporation or registration; and

(ii)      whether the company is registered as a private or public company.

4.3.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.3.5, any other KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.3.3 or other KYC information relating to the company’s existence collected in respect of the company, should be verified.

4.3.7    In determining whether, and what, additional information will be collected and/or verified in respect of a company pursuant to paragraphs 4.3.4 and/or 4.3.6, the reporting entity must have regard to ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service.

4.3.8    If an AML/CTF program includes the simplified company verification procedure described below with respect to a company that is:

(1)      a domestic listed public company;

(2)      a majority owned subsidiary of a domestic listed public company; or

(3)      licensed and subject to the regulatory oversight of a Commonwealth, State or Territory statutory regulator in relation to its activities as a company;

an AML/CTF program is taken to comply with the requirements of paragraphs 4.3.5, 4.3.6 and 4.3.7 of these Rules in so far as those customers are concerned.

 

Simplified Company Verification Procedure

The reporting entity must confirm that the company is:

(1)      a domestic listed public company;

(2)      a majority owned subsidiary of a domestic listed public company; or

(3)      licensed and subject to the regulatory oversight of a Commonwealth, State or Territory statutory regulator in relation to its activities as a company;

by obtaining one or a combination of the following:

(4)      a search of the relevant domestic stock exchange;

(5)      a public document issued by the relevant company;

(6)      a search of the relevant ASIC database;

(7)      a search of the licence or other records of the relevant regulator.

 

4.3.9    (1)    An AML/CTF program may include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether and in what manner to verify the existence of a foreign company by confirming that the foreign company is a foreign listed public company.

(2)    If an AML/CTF program includes systems and controls of that kind, the AML/CTF program must include a requirement that, in determining whether and in what manner to verify the existence of a foreign listed public company in accordance with those systems and controls, the reporting entity must have regard to ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service, including the location of the foreign stock or equivalent exchange (if any).

(3)    If an AML/CTF program includes systems and controls of that kind, an AML/CTF program is taken to comply with the requirements of paragraphs 4.3.5, 4.3.6 and 4.3.7 of these Rules in so far as those customers are concerned.

Methods of verification

4.3.10  Subject to paragraph 4.3.11, an AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information about a company be based as far as possible on:

(1)      reliable and independent documentation;

(2)      reliable and independent electronic data; or

(3)      a combination of (1) and (2) above.

4.3.11  For the purposes of subparagraph 4.3.10(1), ‘reliable and independent documentation’ includes a disclosure certificate that verifies information about the beneficial owners of a company if a reporting entity is permitted to obtain a disclosure certificate as described in Chapter 30.

4.3.12  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether to rely on a disclosure certificate to verify information about a foreign company where such information is not otherwise reasonably available.

4.3.13  An AML/CTF program must include a requirement that, in determining whether to rely on a disclosure certificate to verify information in relation to a foreign company in accordance with the requirements of paragraph 4.3.12 above, the reporting entity must have regard to ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service, including the jurisdiction of incorporation of the foreign company as well as the jurisdiction of the primary operations of the foreign company and the location of the foreign stock or equivalent exchange (if any).

Responding to discrepancies

4.3.14  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about a company, so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.3.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.4              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to trustees

4.4.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who acts in the capacity of a trustee of a trust, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.4 of these Rules.

4.4.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a person notifies the reporting entity that the person is a customer of the reporting entity in the person’s capacity as the trustee of a trust, that:

(1)      the trust exists; and

(2)      the name of each trustee and beneficiary, or a description of each class of beneficiary, of the trust has been provided.

Existence of the trust ‑ collection and verification of information

4.4.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from a customer:

(1)      the full name of the trust;

(2)      the full business name (if any) of the trustee in respect of the trust;

(3)      the type of the trust;

(4)      the country in which the trust was established;

(5)      the full name of the settlor of the trust, unless:

(a)      the material asset contribution to the trust by the settlor at the time the trust is established is less than $10,000; or

(b)      the settlor is deceased; or

(c)     the trust is verified using the simplified trustee verification procedure under paragraph 4.4.8 of these Rules.

(6)      if any of the trustees is an individual, then in respect of one of those individuals – the information required to be collected from an individual under the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program;

(7)      if any of the trustees is a company, then in respect of one of those companies – the information required to be collected from a company under the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to companies set out in an AML/CTF program; and

(8)      if the trustees comprise individuals and companies then in respect of either an individual or a company – the information required to be collected from the individual or company (as the case may be) under the applicable customer identification with respect to the individual or company set out in an AML/CTF program.

4.4.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.4.3, any other KYC information relating to the trust’s existence will be collected in respect of a trust.

4.4.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to verify, at a minimum:

(1)      the full name of the trust from a trust deed, certified copy or certified extract of the trust deed, reliable and independent documents relating to the trust or reliable and independent electronic data;

(2)      if any of the trustees is an individual, then in respect of one of those individuals – information about the individual in accordance with the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program;

(3)      if any of the trustees is a company, then in respect of one of those companies – information about the company in accordance with the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to companies set out in an AML/CTF program;

(4)      if the trustees comprise individuals and companies then in respect of either an individual or a company – the information about the individual or company (as the case may be) in accordance with the applicable procedures  with respect to the individual or company set out in an AML/CTF program; and

(5)      the full name of the settlor of the trust, unless:

(a)      the material asset contribution to the trust by the settlor at the time the trust is established is less than $10,000; or

(b)      the settlor is deceased; or

(c)     the trust is verified using the simplified trustee verification procedure under paragraph 4.4.8 of these Rules.

4.4.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether and to what extent, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.4.5, any other KYC information relating to the trust’s existence collected in respect of the trust should be verified.

4.4.7    In determining whether, and what, additional information will be collected and/or verified in respect of a trust pursuant to paragraphs 4.4.4 and/or 4.4.6, the reporting entity must have regard to ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service.

4.4.8    If an AML/CTF program includes the simplified trustee verification procedure described below with respect to a trust that is:

(1)      a managed investment scheme registered by ASIC;

(2)      a managed investment scheme that is not registered by ASIC and that:

(a)    only has wholesale clients; and

(b)    does not make small scale offerings to which section 1012E of the Corporations Act 2001 applies;

(3)      registered and subject to the regulatory oversight of a Commonwealth statutory regulator in relation to its activities as a trust; or

(4)      a government superannuation fund established by legislation;

an AML/CTF program is taken to comply with the requirements of paragraphs 4.4.5, 4.4.6 and 4.4.7 of these Rules in so far as those customers are concerned.

 

Simplified Trustee Verification Procedure

The reporting entity must verify that the trust is:

(1)     a managed investment scheme registered by ASIC;

(2)     a managed investment scheme that is not registered by ASIC and that:

         (a)     only has wholesale clients; and

         (b)     does not make small scale offerings to which section 1012E of the Corporations Act 2001 applies;

(3)     registered and subject to the regulatory oversight of a Commonwealth statutory regulator in relation to its activities as a trust; or

(4)     a government superannuation fund established by legislation.

 

Trustees and beneficiaries– collection and verification of information

4.4.9    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from a customer (other than a trustee in respect of a trust to which paragraph 4.4.13 or 4.4.14 applies):

(1)      the full name and address of each trustee in respect of the trust; and

(2)      either:

(a)      the full name of each beneficiary in respect of the trust; or

(b)      if the terms of the trust identify the beneficiaries by reference to membership of a class – details of the class.

4.4.10  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.4.9, any other KYC information relating to the trustees, or beneficiaries will be collected in respect of the trust.

4.4.11  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether and, if so, in what manner to verify the name of any or each trustee or beneficiary, or details of any or each class of beneficiaries, or any other KYC information collected pursuant to a procedure of the kind described in paragraph 4.4.9, from the sources described in paragraph 4.4.15.

4.4.12  An AML/CTF program must include a requirement that, in determining whether and what KYC information will be collected and/or verified in respect of a trust and the extent to which any KYC information is verified, pursuant to a procedure of the kind described in paragraphs 4.4.10 and/or 4.4.11, the reporting entity must have regard to ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service.

4.4.13  An AML/CTF program need not include the requirements specified in paragraphs 4.4.9 to 4.4.12 in relation to a trust that is:

(1)        a managed investment scheme registered by ASIC;

(2)        a managed investment scheme that is not registered by ASIC and that:

(a)    only has wholesale clients; and

(b)    does not make small scale offerings to which section 1012E of the Corporations Act 2001 applies; or

(3)        a government superannuation fund established by legislation.

4.4.14  An AML/CTF program need not include the requirements specified in paragraph 4.4.9 in relation to a trust that is registered and subject to the regulatory oversight of a Commonwealth statutory regulator in relation to its activities as a trust.

Methods of verification

4.4.15  Subject to paragraph 4.4.16, an AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information about a trust be based on:

(1)        a trust deed, certified copy or certified extract of a trust deed;

(2)        reliable and independent documents relating to the trust;

(3)        reliable and independent electronic data; or

(4)        a combination of (1) to (3) above.

4.4.16  For the purposes of subparagraph 4.4.15(2), ‘reliable and independent documents relating to the trust’ includes a disclosure certificate that verifies information about a trust where:

(1)      the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of the kind described in paragraphs 4.4.6 or 4.4.11 of these Rules; and

(2)      the information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.4.15.

Responding to discrepancies

4.4.17     An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about a customer so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.4.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.5              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to partners

4.5.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who acts in the capacity of a partner in a partnership, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.5 of these Rules.

4.5.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a person notifies the reporting entity that the person is a customer of the reporting entity in the person’s capacity as a partner in a partnership, that:

(1)      the partnership exists; and

(2)      the name of each of the partners in the partnership has been provided in accordance with subparagraph 4.5.3(5).

Collection and verification of information

4.5.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information and documentation from a customer:

(1)      the full name of the partnership;

(2)      the full business name (if any) of the partnership as registered under any State or Territory business names legislation;

(3)      the country in which the partnership was established;

(4)      in respect of one of the partners ‑ the information required to be collected from an individual under the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program; and

(5)      the full name and residential address of each partner in the partnership except where the regulated status of the partnership is confirmed through reference to the current membership directory of the relevant professional association.

4.5.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the information referred to in paragraph 4.5.3, any other KYC information will be collected in respect of a partnership.

4.5.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to verify at a minimum:

(1)      the full name of the partnership from the partnership agreement, certified copy or certified extract of the partnership agreement, reliable and independent documents relating to the partnership or reliable and independent electronic data; and

(2)      information about one of the partners in accordance with the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program.

4.5.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, and to what extent, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.5.5, any other KYC information collected in respect of the partnership should be verified.

Methods of verification

4.5.7    Subject to paragraph 4.5.8, an AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information about a partnership be based on:

(1)      a partnership agreement, certified copy or certified extract of a partnership agreement;

(2)      a certified copy or certified extract of minutes of a partnership meeting;

(3)      reliable and independent documents relating to the partnership;

(4)      reliable and independent electronic data; or

(5)      a combination of (1) to (4) above.

4.5.8    For the purposes of subparagraph 4.5.7(3), ‘reliable and independent documents relating to the partnership’ includes a disclosure certificate that verifies information about a partnership where:

(1)      the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of the kind described in paragraph 4.5.6 of these Rules; and

(2)      the information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.5.7.

Responding to discrepancies

4.5.9    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about a customer so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.5.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.6              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to associations

4.6.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who is an incorporated or unincorporated association, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.6 of these Rules.

4.6.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a customer notifies the reporting entity that it is an incorporated or unincorporated association, that:

(1)      the association exists; and

(2)      the names of any members of the governing committee (howsoever described) of the association have been provided.

Collection and verification of information

4.6.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from an incorporated or unincorporated association:

(1)      if the customer notifies the reporting entity that it is an incorporated association:

(a)      the full name of the association;

(b)      the full address of the association’s principal place of administration or registered office (if any) or the residential address of the association’s public officer or (if there is no such person) the association’s president, secretary or treasurer;

(c)      any unique identifying number issued to the association upon its incorporation by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the incorporation of the association; and

(d)     the full name of the chairman, secretary and treasurer or equivalent officer in each case of the association; and

(2)      if the person notifies the reporting entity that he or she is a customer in his or her capacity as a member of an unincorporated association:

(a)      the full name of the association;

(b)      the full address of the association’s principal place of administration (if any);

(c)      the full name of the chairman, secretary and treasurer or equivalent officer in each case of the association; and

(d)     in respect of the member – the information required to be collected from an individual under the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program.

4.6.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.6.3, any other KYC information will be collected in respect of an association.

4.6.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to at a minimum:

(1)      if the customer is an incorporated association ‑ verify from information provided by ASIC or by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the incorporation of the association or from the rules or constitution of the association or from a certified copy or certified extract of the rules or constitution of the association or from reliable and independent documents relating to the association or from reliable and independent electronic data:

(a)      the full name of the incorporated association; and

(b)      any unique identifying number issued to the incorporated association upon its incorporation; and

(2)        if the customer notifies the reporting entity that he or she is a customer in his or her capacity as a member of an unincorporated association:

(a)      verify the full name (if any) of the association from the rules or constitution of the association or from a certified copy or certified extract of the rules or constitution of the association or from reliable and independent documents relating to the association or from reliable and independent electronic data; and

(b)      verify information about the member in accordance with the applicable customer identification procedure with respect to individuals set out in an AML/CTF program.

4.6.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether and to what extent, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.6.5, any other KYC information collected in respect of the association should be verified.

Methods of verification

4.6.7    Subject to paragraph 4.6.8, an AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information about an association be based on:

(1)      the constitution or rules of the association or a certified copy or certified extract of the constitution or rules of the association;

(2)      the minutes of meeting of the association or a certified copy or certified extract of minutes of meeting of the association;

(3)      in the case of an incorporated association, information provided by ASIC or by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the incorporation of the association;

(4)      reliable and independent documents relating to the association;

(5)      reliable and independent electronic data; or

(6)      a combination of (1)–(5) above.

4.6.8    For the purposes of subparagraph 4.6.7(4), ‘reliable and independent documents relating to the association’ includes a disclosure certificate that verifies information about an association where:

(1)      the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of the kind described in paragraph 4.6.6 of these Rules; and

(2)      the information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.6.7.

Responding to discrepancies

4.6.9    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about an association so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.6.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.7              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to registered co‑operatives

4.7.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who is a registered co‑operative, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.7 of these Rules.

4.7.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a customer notifies the reporting entity that it is a registered co‑operative, that:

(1)      the co‑operative exists; and

(2)      the names of the chairman, secretary or equivalent officer in each case of the co‑operative have been provided.

Collection and verification of information

4.7.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from a registered co‑operative:

(1)      the full name of the co‑operative;

(2)      the full address of the co‑operative’s registered office or principal place of operations (if any) or the residential address of the co‑operative’s secretary or (if there is no such person) the co‑operative’s president or treasurer;

(3)      any unique identifying number issued to the co‑operative upon its registration by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the registration of the co‑operative; and

(4)      the full name of the chairman, secretary and treasurer or equivalent officer in each case of the co‑operative.

4.7.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the information referred to in paragraph 4.7.3, any other KYC information will be collected in respect of a registered co‑operative.

4.7.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to, at a minimum, verify from information provided by ASIC or by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the registration of the co‑operative or from any register maintained by the co‑operative or a certified copy or certified extract of any register maintained by the co‑operative or from reliable and independent documents relating to the co‑operative or from reliable and independent electronic data:

(1)      the full name of the co‑operative; and

(2)      any unique identifying number issued to the co‑operative upon its registration.

4.7.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether and to what extent, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.7.5, any other KYC information relating to the registered co‑operative should be verified.

Methods of verification

4.7.7    Subject to paragraph 4.7.8, an AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information about a registered co‑operative be based on:

(1)      any register maintained by the co‑operative or a certified copy or certified extract of any register maintained by the co‑operative;

(2)      any minutes of meeting of the co‑operative or a certified copy or certified extract of any minutes of meeting of the co‑operative;

(3)      information provided by the State, Territory or overseas body responsible for the registration of the co‑operative;

(4)      reliable and independent documents relating to the co‑operative;

(5)      reliable and independent electronic data; or

(6)      a combination of (1)–(5) above.

4.7.8    For the purposes of subparagraph 4.7.7(4), ‘reliable and independent documents relating to the co‑operative’ includes a disclosure certificate that verifies information about a registered co‑operative where:

(1)      the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of the kind described in paragraph 4.7.7 of these Rules; and

(2)      the information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.7.7.

Responding to discrepancies

4.7.9    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about a registered co‑operative so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.7.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.8              Applicable customer identification procedure with respect to government bodies

4.8.1    In so far as a reporting entity has any customer who is a government body an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in Part 4.8 and (in so far as they are applicable) Parts 4.9 and 4.10.

4.8.2    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls that are designed to enable the reporting entity to be reasonably satisfied, where a customer notifies the reporting entity that it is a government body, that:

(1)      the government body exists; and

(2)      in the case of certain kinds of government bodies – information about the beneficial owners of the government body has been provided, where sought by the reporting entity.

Collection and verification of information

4.8.3    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following KYC information from a government body:

(1)      the full name of the government body;

(2)      the full address of the government body’s principal place of operations;

(3)      whether the government body is an entity or emanation, or is established under legislation, of the Commonwealth; and

(4)      whether the government body is an entity or emanation, or is established under legislation, of a State, Territory, or a foreign country and the name of that State, Territory or country.

4.8.4    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the KYC information referred to in paragraph 4.8.3 above, any other KYC information will be collected in respect of a government body.

4.8.5    An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to verify the information collected under paragraph 4.8.3 from reliable and independent documentation, reliable and independent electronic data or a combination of both.

4.8.6    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to carrying out the procedure described in paragraph 4.8.5, any KYC information collected under paragraph 4.8.4 should be verified.

Beneficial ownership in respect of foreign government entities

4.8.7    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether to collect any KYC information about the ownership or control of a government body that is an entity or emanation, or is established under legislation, of a foreign country.

4.8.8    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether to verify any KYC information collected pursuant to a procedure of the kind described in paragraph 4.8.7 from reliable and independent documentation, reliable and independent electronic data or a combination of both.

Responding to discrepancies

4.8.9    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information about a government body so that the reporting entity can determine whether it is reasonably satisfied about the matters referred to in subparagraphs 4.8.2(1) and (2).

Part 4.9              Verification from documentation

Verification with respect to individuals

4.9.1    In so far as an AML/CTF program provides for the verification of KYC information about an individual (whether a customer or a beneficial owner of a customer) by means of reliable and independent documentation, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in paragraphs 4.9.2 and 4.9.3.

4.9.2    An AML/CTF program must require that the reporting entity be satisfied that any document from which the reporting entity verifies KYC information about an individual has not expired (other than in the case of a passport issued by the Commonwealth that expired within the preceding two years).

4.9.3    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine:

(1)      what reliable and independent documentation the reporting entity will require a customer to produce about an individual for the purpose of verifying the individual’s name and date of birth and/or residential address (as the case may be);

(2)      if any other KYC information about an individual is to be verified – what reliable and independent documentation may be used to verify that information;

(3)      whether, and in what circumstances, the reporting entity is prepared to rely upon a copy of a reliable and independent document;

(4)      in what circumstances a reporting entity will take steps to determine whether a document produced by about an individual may have been forged, tampered with, cancelled or stolen and, if so, what steps the reporting entity will take to establish whether or not the document has been forged, tampered with, cancelled or stolen;

(5)      whether the reporting entity will use any authentication service that may be available in respect of a document; and

(6)      whether, and how, to confirm KYC information  about an individual by independently initiating contact with the person that the individual claims to be.

Verification with respect to persons other than individuals

4.9.4    In so far as an AML/CTF program provides for the verification of KYC information about a customer who is not an individual by means of reliable and independent documentation, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in paragraph 4.9.5.

4.9.5    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine:

(1)      what and how many reliable and independent documents the reporting entity will use for the purpose of verification;

(2)      whether a document is sufficiently contemporaneous for use in verification;

(3)      whether, and in what circumstances, the reporting entity is prepared to rely upon a copy of a reliable and independent document;

(4)      in what circumstances the reporting entity will take steps to determine whether a document produced by a customer may have been cancelled, forged, tampered with or stolen and, if so, what steps the reporting entity will take to establish whether or not the document has been cancelled, forged, tampered with or stolen;

(5)      whether the reporting entity will use any authentication service that may be available in respect of a document; and

(6)      whether, and how, to confirm information about a customer by independently initiating contact with the customer.

Part 4.10            Verification from reliable and independent electronic data

4.10.1  In so far as an AML/CTF program provides for the verification of KYC information collected from a customer by means of reliable and independent electronic data, an AML/CTF program must comply with the requirements specified in paragraph 4.10.2.

4.10.2  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine:

(1)      whether the electronic data is reliable and independent, taking into account the following factors:

(a)    the accuracy of the data;

(b)    how secure the data is;

(c)    how the data is kept up‑to‑date;

(d)   how comprehensive the data is (for example, by reference to the range of persons included in the data and the period over which the data has been collected);

(e)    whether the data has been verified from a reliable and independent source;

(f)    whether the data is maintained by a government body or pursuant to legislation; and

(g)    whether the electronic data can be additionally authenticated; and

(2)      what reliable and independent electronic data the reporting entity will use for the purpose of verification;

(3)      the reporting entity’s pre‑defined tolerance levels for matches and errors; and

(4)      whether, and how, to confirm KYC information collected from a customer by independently initiating contact with the person that the customer claims to be.

Part 4.11            Agents of customers

Agents of customers who are individuals

4.11.1  For the purposes of paragraph 89(1)(b) and 89(2)(b) of the AML/CTF Act, paragraphs 4.11.2 to 4.11.4 of these Rules apply in relation to an agent of a customer who is an individual where that agent is authorised to act for or on behalf of the customer in relation to a designated service.

4.11.2  An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following information and documentation (if any) from the customer:

(1)      the full name of each individual who purports to act for or on behalf of the customer with respect to the provision of a designated service by the reporting entity; and

(2)      evidence (if any) of the customer’s authorisation of any individual referred to in subparagraph 4.11.2(1).

4.11.3  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, and to what extent, it should verify the identity of any of the individuals referred to in subparagraph 4.11.2(1).

4.11.4  An AML/CTF program must require the reporting entity to have regard to the ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service for the purposes of determining whether, and to what extent, it should verify the identity of any of the individuals referred to in paragraph 4.11.2(1).

4.11.5  For the purposes of paragraph 89(1)(b) and 89(2)(b)of the AML/CTF Act, paragraphs 4.11.6 to 4.11.8 of these Rules apply in relation to an agent of a customer who is not acting in his or her capacity as an individual where that agent is authorised to act for or on behalf of the customer in relation to a designated service.

4.11.6  An AML/CTF program must include a procedure for the reporting entity to collect, at a minimum, the following information and documentation from the customer:

(1)      the full name of each individual who purports to act for or on behalf of the customer with respect to the provision of a designated service by the reporting entity; and

(2)      evidence of the customer’s authorisation of any individual referred to in subparagraph 4.11.6(1).

4.11.7  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, and to what extent, it should verify the identity of any of the individuals referred to in subparagraph 4.11.6(1).

4.11.8  An AML/CTF program must require the reporting entity to have regard to the ML/TF risk relevant to the provision of the designated service for the purposes of determining whether, and to what extent, it should verify the identity of any of the individuals referred to in subparagraph 4.11.6(1).

Verifying officers and agents of non‑natural customers

4.11.9    An AML/CTF program may provide for an agent of a customer who is a non‑natural person to be identified by the customer’s verifying officer, provided the requirements in paragraphs 4.11.12 to 4.11.13 are met.

4.11.10  In so far as:

(1)   an AML/CTF program provides for an agent of a non‑natural customer to be identified by a verifying officer; and

(2)   the requirements in paragraphs 4.11.12 to 4.11.13 of these Rules are met;

an AML/CTF program need not apply the requirements in 4.11.6 to 4.11.8 of these Rules in relation to that agent.

Appointment of a verifying officer

4.11.11  A verifying officer is a person appointed by a customer to act as a verifying officer for the purposes of these Rules.  A person may be appointed as a verifying officer if he or she is an employee, agent or contractor of the customer.

Identification by a verifying officer

4.11.12  Where an AML/CTF program provides for an agent to be identified by a verifying officer, an AML/CTF program must include a requirement for:

(1)   the agent to be identified by the customer’s verifying officer in accordance with paragraph 4.11.13 of these Rules;

(2)   the verifying officer to be identified and verified by the reporting entity in accordance with the requirements specified in Chapter 4 of these Rules;

(3)   the reporting entity to be provided with evidence of the customer’s authorisation of the verifying officer to act as a verifying officer;

(4)   the verifying officer to make and for the customer to retain, a record of all matters collected pursuant to paragraph 4.11.13; and (5)    the verifying officer to provide the following to the reporting entity:

(a)    the full name of the agent; and

(b)   a copy of the signature of the agent.

4.11.13  A verifying officer will be taken to have identified an agent if he or she has collected the following:

(1)   the full name of the agent;

(2)   the title of the position or role held by the agent with the customer;

(3)   a copy of the signature of the agent; and

(4)   evidence of the agent’s authorisation to act on behalf of the customer.

 

Part 4.12        Collection and Verification of Beneficial Owner information

4.12.1    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine the beneficial owner of each customer and carry out the following, either before the provision of a designated service to the customer or as soon as practicable after the designated service has been provided:

(1)     collect from the customer and take reasonable measures to verify:

(a)     each beneficial owner’s full name, and

(b)        the beneficial owner’s date of birth; or

(c)     the beneficial owner’s full residential address.

4.12.2    The requirements of paragraph 4.12.1 may be modified:

(1)     for a customer who is an individual, the reporting entity may assume that the customer and the beneficial owner are one and the same, unless the reporting entity has reasonable grounds to consider otherwise;

(2)     for a customer who is:

(a)     a company which is verified under the simplified company verification procedure under paragraph 4.3.8 of these Rules;

(b)     a trust which is verified under the simplified trustee verification procedure under paragraph 4.4.8 of these Rules;

(c)     an Australian Government Entity; or

(d)     for a customer who is a foreign listed public company subject to disclosure requirements (whether by stock exchange rules or by law or enforceable means) to ensure transparency of beneficial ownership which are, or are comparable to, the requirements in Australia;

then,

(e)     paragraph 4.12.1 need not be applied.

Note:      The terms ‘foreign company’, ‘listed public company’ and ‘foreign listed public company’ are defined in Chapter 1 of the AML/CTF Rules.

4.12.3    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-based systems and controls for the reporting entity to determine whether, in addition to the information referred to in paragraph 4.12.1 above, any other information will be collected and verified from a customer about any beneficial owner.

Note:      Reporting entities should consider the requirements in the Privacy Act 1988 relating to the collection and handling of information about beneficial owners.

Verification

4.12.4    An AML/CTF program must require that the verification of information collected about each beneficial owner of a customer be based on:

(1)          reliable and independent documentation;

(2)          reliable and independent electronic data; or

(3)          a combination of (1) and (2) above.

Safe harbour procedure where ML/TF risk of the beneficial owner is medium or lower

4.12.5    Paragraph 4.12.7 sets out one procedure for documentation‑based verification (subparagraphs 4.12.7(2) and (3)) and electronic verification (subparagraph 4.12.7(4)) which a reporting entity may include in its AML/CTF program to comply with its obligations under paragraph 4.12.1 of these Rules where the customer and the beneficial owner of the customer is of medium or lower ML/TF risk.  Paragraph 4.12.7 does not preclude a reporting entity from meeting the verification requirements of paragraph 4.12.1 of these Rules in another way where the beneficial owners of the customer are of medium or lower ML/TF risk.

4.12.6    Paragraph 4.12.7 is not applicable if any beneficial owner is a foreign politically exposed person.

4.12.7    An AML/CTF program that requires the reporting entity to do the following will be taken to meet the requirements of paragraph 4.12.1 of these Rules in respect of the beneficial owners of a customer, where a reporting entity determines that the relationship with that customer and the beneficial owner is of medium or lower risk:

(1)     collect the information described in paragraph 4.12.1 from a customer in regard to each beneficial owner;

Documentation-based safe harbour procedure

(2)     verify each beneficial owner’s full name and either the beneficial owner’s full residential address or date of birth, or both, from:

(a)        an original or certified copy of a primary photographic identification document; or

(b)       both:

(i)         an original or certified copy of a primary non‑photographic identification document; and

(ii)        an original or certified copy of a secondary identification document; and

(3)     verify the document produced by the customer in regard to each beneficial owner has not expired (other than in the case of a passport issued by the Commonwealth that expired within the preceding two years);

 

 

Electronic-based safe harbour procedure

(4)     verify each beneficial owner’s full name and either the beneficial owner’s full residential address or date of birth, or both, using reliable and independent electronic data from at least two separate data sources.

Responding to discrepancies

4.12.8    An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information collected from a customer about each beneficial owner so that the reporting entity can determine that it is reasonably satisfied that each beneficial owner is the person that the customer claims they are.

Procedure to follow where unable to determine the identity of the beneficial owner

4.12.9    If the reporting entity is unable to ascertain a beneficial owner, the reporting entity must identify and take reasonable measures to verify:

(1)       for a company (other than a company which is verified under the simplified company verification procedure under paragraph 4.3.8 of these Rules) or a partnership, any individual who:

(a)     is entitled (either directly or indirectly) to exercise 25% or more of the voting rights, including a power of veto, or

(b)     holds the position of senior managing official (or equivalent);

(2)       for a trust (other than a trust which is verified under the simplified trustee verification procedure under paragraph 4.4.8 of these Rules), any individual who holds the power to appoint or remove the trustees of the trust;

(3)       for an association or a registered co-operative, any individual who:

(a)     is entitled (either directly or indirectly) to exercise 25% or more of the voting rights including a power of veto, or

(b)     would be entitled on dissolution to 25% or more of the property of the association or registered co-operative, or

(c)     holds the position of senior managing official (or equivalent).

 

Note:      In addition to the verification procedures set out in Part 4.12, a reporting entity may be able to use a disclosure certificate. Details regarding disclosure certificates are set out in Chapter 30 of the AML/CTF Rules.

 

Part 4.13            Collection and Verification of Politically Exposed Person information

4.13.1  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-management systems to determine whether a customer or beneficial owner is a politically exposed person. The determination must occur either before the provision of a designated service to the customer or as soon as practicable after the designated service has been provided. If it is determined that the customer or beneficial owner is a politically exposed person, the reporting entity must carry out the applicable steps in this Part.

4.13.2  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-management systems for the reporting entity to undertake each of the following steps for domestic politically exposed persons and international organisation politically exposed persons:

(1)        in the case of a beneficial owner, comply with the identification requirements specified in paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.9 of these Rules as if the politically exposed person was the customer; and

(2)        determine whether the person is of high ML/TF risk; and

(3)        if the person is determined to be of high ML/TF risk, then, in addition to the action specified in subparagraph 4.13.2(1), carry out the actions specified in subparagraphs 4.13.3(2), (3) and (4).

4.13.3  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-management systems for the reporting entity to undertake each of the following steps for foreign politically exposed persons and for high ML/TF risk domestic or international organisation politically exposed persons:

(1)        in the case of a beneficial owner, comply with the identification requirements specified in paragraphs 4.2.3 to 4.2.9 of these Rules as if the politically exposed person was the customer; and

(2)        obtain senior management approval before establishing or continuing a business relationship with the individual and before the provision, or continued provision, of a designated service to the customer;

(3)        take reasonable measures to establish the politically exposed person’s source of wealth and source of funds; and

(4)        comply with the obligations in Chapter 15 of these Rules.

4.13.4  An AML/CTF program must include appropriate risk-based systems and controls for the reporting entity to respond to any discrepancy that arises in the course of verifying information collected about a politically exposed person, so that the reporting entity can be reasonably satisfied that the politically exposed person is the person that he or she claims to be.

Note:   Reporting entities should consider the requirements in the Privacy Act 1988 relating to the collection and handling of sensitive information about politically exposed persons.

 

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.

 

 

3.        Chapter 5

Item 1             Repeal Chapter 5

Item 2             After Chapter 4

Insert

CHAPTER 5        

Part 5.1              Special anti‑money laundering and counter‑terrorism financing (AML/CTF) program

5.1.1    These Anti‑Money Laundering and Counter‑Terrorism Financing Rules (Rules) are made pursuant to section 229 of the Anti‑Money Laundering and Counter‑Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) for the purposes of paragraphs 36(1)(b) and 86(1)(c) and sections 106, 107 and 108 of that Act.  They specify the requirements with which a special AML/CTF program must comply. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

5.1.2    A reporting entity must have a special AML/CTF program where all of the designated services it provides are covered by item 54 of table 1 in section 6 of the AML/CTF Act.  The sole or primary purpose of a special program is to set out the reporting entity’s applicable customer identification procedures.  Chapter 5 does not apply to pre‑commencement customers.

Part 5.2              Applicable customer identification procedures in relation to special AML/CTF program

5.2.1    The requirements with which a special AML/CTF program must comply are the requirements that are specified in the Rules in Chapter 4 for an AML/CTF program.

5.2.2    For the avoidance of doubt, the requirements specified in the Rules in Chapter 4 apply with respect to a special AML/CTF program as if any reference in those paragraphs to an AML/CTF program includes a reference to ‘a special AML/CTF program.’

5.2.3    Paragraphs 4.11.1 and 4.11.5 of the Rules in Chapter 4 apply with respect to a special AML/CTF Program as if the rule were made under paragraph 89(3)(b) of the AML/CTF Act.

 

 

 

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.

 

 

4.        Chapter 8

Item 1             For paragraph 8.1.1 substitute

8.1.1    These Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules (Rules) are made pursuant to section 229 and (in relation to these Rules in 8.1 to 8.7 and 8.9) for the purposes of paragraphs 36(1)(b) and 84(2)(c) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act). Part 7 of the AML/CTF Act obliges a reporting entity to adopt and maintain an AML/CTF program relating to the provision of designated services. A standard AML/CTF program is a program that applies to a particular reporting entity. Standard AML/CTF programs are divided into Parts A and B. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

Item 2             For paragraph 8.1.5 substitute

            8.1.5    Part A must be designed to enable the reporting entity to:

(1)        understand the nature and purpose of the business relationship with its customer types, including, as appropriate, the collection of information relevant to that understanding; and

(2)        understand the control structure of non-individual customers;

(3)        identify significant changes in ML/TF risk for the purposes of its Part A and Part B programs, including:

(a)        risks identified by consideration of the factors in paragraph 8.1.4; and

(b)        risks arising from changes in the nature of the business relationship, control structure, or beneficial ownership of its customers; and

(4)        recognise such changes in ML/TF risk for the purposes of the requirements of its Part A and Part B programs; and

(5)        assess the ML/TF risk posed by:

(a)        all new designated services prior to introducing them to the market;

(b)        all new methods of designated service delivery prior to adopting them;

(c)        all new or developing technologies used for the provision of a designated service prior to adopting them; and

(d)       changes arising in the nature of the business relationship, control structure or beneficial ownership of its customers.

 

5.        Chapter 9

Item 1             For paragraph 9.1.1 substitute

9.1.1    These Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules (Rules) are made pursuant to section 229 and (in relation to these Rules in 9.1 to 9.7 and 9.9) for the purposes of paragraphs 36(1)(b) and 85(2)(c) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act). Part 7 of the AML/CTF Act obliges a reporting entity to adopt and maintain an AML/CTF program relating to the provision of designated services. A joint AML/CTF program is a program that applies to each reporting entity that from time to time belongs to a designated business group. Joint AML/CTF programs are divided into Parts A and B. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

Item 2             For paragraph 9.1.5 substitute

            9.1.5    Part A must be designed to enable the group to:

(1)          understand the nature and purpose of the business relationship with its customer types, including, as appropriate, the collection of information relevant to that understanding; and

(2)          understand the control structure of non-individual customers;

(3)          identify significant changes in ML/TF risk for the purposes of the group’s Part A and Part B programs, including:

(a)        risks identified by consideration of the factors in paragraph 9.1.4; and

(b)        risks arising from changes in the nature of the business relationship, control structure or beneficial ownership of its customers; and

(4)          such changes in ML/TF risk to be recognised for the purposes of the requirements of the group’s Part A and Part B programs; and

(5)          the ML/TF risk posed by the following to be assessed:

(a)        all new designated services prior to introducing them to the market;

(b)        all new methods of designated service delivery prior to adopting them;

(c)        all new or developing technologies used for the provision of a designated service prior to adopting them; and

(d)       changes arising in the nature of the business relationship, control structure or beneficial ownership of its customers.

 

 

6.        Chapter 15

Item 1             Repeal Chapter 15

Item 2             After Chapter 14

Insert

CHAPTER 15     Ongoing customer due diligence

 

 

 

15.1     These Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules (Rules) are made under section 229 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (the AML/CTF Act) for paragraphs 36(1)(b), 84(2)(c) and 85(2)(c) of that Act. Sections 136 and 137 of the AML/CTF Act apply to each paragraph of this Chapter. The requirements set out in these Rules do not apply in relation to a permanent establishment in a foreign country at or through which a reporting entity provides designated services. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

KYC information and Beneficial Owner Information

15.2     A reporting entity must include in Part A of its AML/CTF program appropriate risk-based systems and controls to enable a reporting entity to determine in what circumstances further KYC information or beneficial owner information should be collected or verified in respect of customers or beneficial owners of customers to enable the review and update of KYC information and beneficial owner information for ongoing customer due diligence purposes.

Note:   ‘Beneficial owner information’ is the information referred to in Part 4.12 of Chapter 4 of these Rules.

15.3     A reporting entity must undertake reasonable measures to keep, update and review the documents, data or information collected under the applicable customer identification procedure (particularly in relation to high risk customers) and the beneficial owner identification requirements specified in Chapter 4 of these Rules.

Transaction monitoring program

15.4     A reporting entity must include a transaction monitoring program in Part A of its AML/CTF program.

15.5     The transaction monitoring program must include appropriate risk‑based systems and controls to monitor the transactions of customers.

15.6     The transaction monitoring program must have the purpose of identifying, having regard to ML/TF risk, any transaction that appears to be suspicious within the terms of section 41 of the AML/CTF Act.

15.7     The transaction monitoring program should have regard to complex, unusual large transactions and unusual patterns of transactions, which have no apparent economic or visible lawful purpose.

Enhanced customer due diligence program

15.8     A reporting entity must include an enhanced customer due diligence program in Part A of its AML/CTF program.

15.9     The reporting entity must apply the enhanced customer due diligence program when:

(1)     it determines under its risk‑based systems and controls that the ML/TF risk is high; or

Note:   Reporting entities should consider whether any beneficial owner of a customer, including domestic or international organisation politically exposed persons, should be considered high risk.

(2)     a designated service is being provided to a customer who is or who has a beneficial owner who is, a foreign politically exposed person; or

(3)     a suspicion has arisen for the purposes of section 41 of the AML/CTF Act; or

(4)     the reporting entity is entering into or proposing to enter into a transaction and a party to the transaction is physically present in, or is a corporation incorporated in, a prescribed foreign country.

15.10   The enhanced customer due diligence program must include appropriate risk-based systems and controls so that, in cases where one or more of the circumstances in paragraph 15.9 arises, a reporting entity must undertake measures appropriate to those circumstances, including a range of the measures in subparagraphs 15.10(1) to (7):

(1)     seek information from the customer or from third party sources in order to undertake one or more of the following as specified in subparagraphs 15.10(1)(a) – (d):

 

(a)        clarify or update KYC information already collected from the customer;

 

(b)        clarify or update beneficial owner information already collected from the customer;

 

(c)        obtain any further KYC information or beneficial owner information, including, where appropriate, taking reasonable measures to identify:

 

(i)         the source of the customer’s and each beneficial owner’s wealth; and

 

(ii)        the source of the customer’s and each beneficial owner’s funds;

 

(d)       clarify the nature of the customer’s ongoing business with the reporting entity;

(2)     undertake more detailed analysis of the customer’s KYC information and beneficial owner information, including, where appropriate, taking reasonable measures to identify:

 

(a)        the source of the customer’s and each beneficial owner’s wealth; and

 

(b)        the source of the customer’s and each beneficial owner’s funds;

(3)     verify or re-verify KYC information in accordance with the customer identification program;

(4)     verify or re-verify beneficial owner information in accordance with the beneficial owner identification requirements specified in Chapter 4 of these Rules;

(5)     undertake more detailed analysis and monitoring of the customer’s transactions – both past and future, including, but not limited to:

 

(a)        the purpose, reasons for, or nature of specific transactions; or

 

(b)        the expected nature and level of transaction behaviour, including future transactions;

(6)     seek senior management approval for:

 

(a)        continuing a business relationship with a customer; and

 

(b)        whether a designated service should continue to be provided to the customer;

(7)     consider whether a transaction or particular transactions should be processed.

 

15.11   If the circumstances in subparagraph 15.9(2) arise, in addition to any other appropriate measures in paragraph 15.10, a reporting entity must undertake the measures in subparagraphs 15.10(2) and 15.10(6).

 

 

 

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.

 

 

7.        Chapter 30

Item 1             Repeal Chapter 30

Item 2             After Chapter 29

Insert

CHAPTER 30     Disclosure certificates

 

 

 

30.1     These Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules (Rules) are made under section 229 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act) for subparagraphs 91(1)(d)(ii), 91(2)(d)(ii) and 91(3)(d)(ii) of that Act, to specify requirements for paragraphs 84(3)(b), 85(3)(b) and 86(1)(c) of that Act. Sections 136 and 137 of the AML/CTF Act apply to each paragraph of this Chapter. To avoid doubt, disclosure certificates may be used for the purposes of subsection 36(1) of the AML/CTF Act and to the extent necessary to enable that use, these Rules are also made for paragraph 36(1)(b) of the AML/CTF Act. This Chapter commences on 1 June 2014.

30.2     Part B of a standard, joint or special anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing program, may provide that a reporting entity may request that a customer of the type specified in paragraphs 30.3 to 30.9 provide a disclosure certificate but only in the following circumstances:

(1)        the reporting entity has determined that the information cannot otherwise be reasonably obtained or verified;

(2)        the information to be provided or verified is reasonably required under the AML/CTF program applying to the reporting entity;

(3)        the reporting entity has applied the relevant procedures and requirements in its AML/CTF program, but has been unable to obtain or verify the information; and

(4)        the information is one or more of the items of information specified in paragraphs 30.3 to 30.9.

Domestic Companies

30.3     For paragraph 4.3.11, a disclosure certificate for a domestic company must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by a director or secretary or AML/CTF Compliance Officer or equivalent officer of the company; and

(2)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner of the company.

Foreign companies

30.4     For paragraphs 4.3.12 and 4.3.13, a disclosure certificate for a foreign company registered in Australia must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by a director or secretary or AML/CTF Compliance Officer or equivalent officer of the company;

(2)        contain information about whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so, whether it is registered as a private or public company or some other type of company; and

(3)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

30.5     For a foreign company not registered in Australia a disclosure certificate must be signed or otherwise authenticated by a director or secretary or AML/CTF Compliance Officer or equivalent officer of the company and contain information about:

(1)        the full name of the company; and

(2)        whether the company is registered by the relevant foreign registration body and if so:

(a)            any identification number issued to the company by the relevant foreign registration body upon the company’s formation, incorporation or registration;

(b)            whether it is registered as a private or public company or some other type of company by the relevant foreign registration body;

(c)            the jurisdiction of incorporation of the foreign company as well as the jurisdiction of the primary operations of the foreign company and the location of the foreign stock or equivalent exchange (if any); and

(d)            contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

Trusts

30.6     For paragraph 4.4.16, a disclosure certificate for a trust must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by a trustee of the trust;

(2)        verify KYC information about a trust, where the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of a kind described in paragraph 4.4.6 or 4.4.11, if the KYC information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.4.15; and

(3)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

Partnerships

30.7     For paragraph 4.5.8, a disclosure certificate for a partnership must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by a partner of the partnership;

(2)        verify KYC information about a partnership, where the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of a kind described in paragraph 4.5.6, if the KYC information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.5.7; and

(3)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

Associations

30.8     For paragraph 4.6.8, a disclosure certificate for an incorporated or unincorporated association must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by a chairman or secretary or treasurer or AML/CTF Compliance Officer or equivalent officer of the association;

(2)        verify KYC information about an association, where the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of a kind described in paragraph 4.6.6, if the KYC information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.6.7; and

(3)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

Registered co-operatives

30.9     For paragraph 4.7.8, a disclosure certificate for a registered co-operative must:

(1)        be signed or otherwise authenticated by the chairman or secretary or treasurer or AML/CTF Compliance Officer or equivalent officer;

(2)        verify KYC information about a registered co-operative, where the verification is for the purposes of a procedure of a kind described in paragraph 4.7.6, if the KYC information to be verified is not otherwise reasonably available from the sources described in paragraph 4.7.7; and

(3)        contain the full name and full residential address of each beneficial owner.

 

 

 

Reporting entities should note that in relation to activities they undertake to comply with the AML/CTF Act, they will have obligations under the Privacy Act 1988, including the requirement to comply with the Australian Privacy Principles, even if they would otherwise be exempt from the Privacy Act. For further information about these obligations, please go to http://www.oaic.gov.au or call 1300 363 992.