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This instrument allows credit licensees and representatives to give pre-contractual disclosure to consumers in the same electronic manner that applies to other credit disclosure documents.
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 30 Sep 2020
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR06-Oct-2020
Tabled Senate06-Oct-2020
To be repealed 01 Oct 2023
Repealed by Self Repealing
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ASIC Credit (Electronic Precontractual Disclosure) Instrument 2020/835

I, Grant Moodie, delegate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, make the following legislative instrument.


Date    28 September 2020







Grant Moodie


Part 1—Preliminary

1        Name of legislative instrument

This is the ASIC Credit (Electronic Precontractual Disclosure) Instrument 2020/835.

2        Commencement

This instrument commences on the day after it is registered on the Federal Register of Legislation.

Note:    The register may be accessed at www.legislation.gov.au.

3        Repeal

This instrument is repealed at the end of the period of 3 years beginning on the day after it commences.

4        Authority

This instrument is made under:

(a)     paragraph 163(3)(d) of the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (the Act); and

(b)     subsection 203A(3) of the National Credit Code (the Code).

Note:    The Code is found in Schedule 1 to the Act.

5        Definitions

In this instrument:

Act means the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.

Code means the National Credit Code in Schedule 1 to the Act.

Regulations means the National Consumer Credit Protection Regulations 2010.

Part 2—Exemption

6        Electronic precontractual disclosure

(1)     A credit provider does not have to comply with subsection 16(1) of the Code in relation to a debtor where both of the following apply:

(a)     the credit provider has given to the debtor in accordance with subsection (2):

(i)      a precontractual statement (disclosure document) setting out the matters required by section 17 of the Code to be included in a contract document; and

(ii)     an information statement (disclosure document) of the debtor’s statutory rights and statutory obligations in the form required by the regulations made for the purposes of paragraph 16(1)(b) of the Code;

(b)     the precontractual statement contains the financial information specified by and in the form prescribed by the regulations made for the purposes of subsection 16(4) of the Code.

(2)     For the purposes of subsection (1):

(a)     a credit provider may, with the consent of a debtor, give a disclosure document to the debtor by:

(i)      making the document available for a reasonable period on the credit provider’s information system for retrieval by electronic communication by the debtor; and

(ii)     promptly notifying the debtor by electronic communication that the document is available for retrieval on that information system and the nature of the document; and

(iii)    providing the debtor with the ability to retrieve the document by electronic communication;

(b)     a debtor may consent to the giving of disclosure documents by electronic communication only after being told that, if consent is given:

(i)      paper documents may no longer be given; and

(ii)     electronic communications must be regularly checked for documents; and

(iii)    consent to the giving of documents by electronic communication may be withdrawn at any time;

(c)     if a disclosure document is given by sending it to a nominated electronic address or in a manner described in this subsection:

(i)      it must be in a format that allows it to be saved to an electronic file and to be printed; and

(ii)     at the time it was sent or was made available on the credit provider’s information system, it would have been reasonable to expect that the intended recipient would be able to save it to an electronic file and print it;

(d)     if a disclosure document is not given to a debtor personally, or to a person acting on debtor’s behalf, the credit provider must be reasonably satisfied that the debtor has received the disclosure document before engaging in further credit activities in relation to the debtor’s credit contract;

Note:   For the purposes of this paragraph, a person is not acting on the debtor’s behalf if the person is engaging in credit activities.

(e)     a credit provider may be reasonably satisfied that a debtor has received a disclosure document (unless the debtor advises the credit provider otherwise) if the disclosure document was properly addressed to the debtor and sent to that address (including an electronic address or fax number);

(f)     a disclosure document may be combined in a single document with another disclosure document and/or one or more disclosure documents within the meaning of regulation 26 of the Regulations (as affected by this instrument) only if all requirements of the Act and the Regulations that relate to the documents are met.

Part 3—Declaration

7        Clarification of credit disclosure obligations

The provisions to which Part 3-7 of the Act applies apply in relation to all persons as if provisions of the Regulations were modified or varied as follows:

(a)     in regulation 26, in the definition of disclosure document, omit paragraph (e);

(b)     omit paragraph 28L(1)(m).