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This instrument amends the Corporations Regulations 2001 to exclude certain parties from the claimant intermediary definition when handling insurance claims because handling claims is typically not their core business and they often do so for no monetary benefits. This will avoid the unnecessary regulatory burden of requiring these parties to obtain an Australian financial services licence.
Administered by: Treasury
Exempt from sunsetting by the Legislation (Exemptions and Other Matters) Regulation 2015 s12 item 18
Registered 16 Apr 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR11-May-2021
Tabled Senate11-May-2021
To be repealed 12 Aug 2021
Repealed by Division 1 of Part 3 of Chapter 3 of the Legislation Act 2003
Table of contents.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) (Claimant Intermediaries) Regulations 2021

I, General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor‑General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following regulations.

Dated 15 April 2021

David Hurley

Governor‑General

By His Excellency’s Command

Josh Frydenberg

Treasurer

 

 

 

  

  


Contents

1............ Name............................................................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement............................................................................................................. 1

3............ Authority....................................................................................................................... 1

4............ Schedules...................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Claimant intermediaries                                                                                                  2

Corporations Regulations 2001                                                                                                         2

 


1  Name

                   This instrument is the Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) (Claimant Intermediaries) Regulations 2021.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered

17 April 2021

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This instrument is made under the Corporations Act 2001.

4  Schedules

                   Each instrument that is specified in a Schedule to this instrument is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this instrument has effect according to its terms.

Schedule 1Claimant intermediaries

  

Corporations Regulations 2001

1  After regulation 7.1.04C

Insert:

7.1.04CAA  Meaning of claimant intermediary—persons excluded from being claimant intermediaries

             (1)  For the purposes of subsection 761CAA(2) of the Act, a person is not a claimant intermediary in the circumstances set out in subregulation (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11) or (12).

Mortgage brokers and mortgage intermediaries

             (2)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person is a mortgage broker or mortgage intermediary; and

                     (b)  the mortgage broker or mortgage intermediary provides a credit service to a consumer; and

                     (c)  the mortgage broker or mortgage intermediary represents the consumer in pursuing a claim under an insurance product.

             (3)  Expressions used in subregulation (2) that are also used in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 have the same meaning in that subregulation as they have in that Act.

Insurance brokers

             (4)  The circumstances are that the person is an insurance broker (within the meaning of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984).

Qualified accountants

             (5)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person is a qualified accountant; and

                     (b)  the qualified accountant provides one or more of the following services to a person (the client):

                              (i)  preparing a financial report or financial statements (including, but not limited to, a financial report or financial statements required under the Act);

                             (ii)  auditing financial records;

                            (iii)  a tax agent service (within the meaning of the Tax Agent Services Act 2009);

                            (iv)  if the qualified accountant is a limited licensee (within the meaning of subregulation 7.6.04(3)) or supervises and has responsibility for the provision of financial services covered by the financial services licence of a limited licensee—a financial service covered by the financial services licence of the limited licensee; and

                     (c)  the qualified accountant represents the client in pursuing a claim under an insurance product.

Veterinarians

             (6)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person (the veterinarian) is registered under the law of a State or Territory as a veterinarian, veterinary practitioner or veterinary surgeon; and

                     (b)  the veterinarian represents a person insured under an insurance product in pursuing a claim under the product; and

                     (c)  the claim relates to the management or prevention of a disease, injury or condition of an animal covered by the insurance product.

Travel agents

             (7)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person is a travel agent; and

                     (b)  the travel agent represents a person insured under an insurance product in pursuing a claim under the product; and

                     (c)  the claim relates to any of the following matters covered by the insurance product:

                              (i)  financial loss for fares for any form of transport or accommodation to be used in the course of a specified journey if the insured person does not start or complete the journey;

                             (ii)  loss or damage to personal belongings while the insured person is on a specified journey;

                            (iii)  a sickness or disease contracted, or injury sustained, by the insured person on a specified journey;

                            (iv)  loss, damage or compensation for an event affecting the insured person on a specified journey that ordinarily forms a part of insurance commonly regarded as travel insurance, including loss of cash or credit cards, legal liability, hijack, kidnap or ransom.

Financial advisers

             (8)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person is a financial services licensee whose Australian financial services licence covers the provision of financial product advice; or

                     (b)  both of the following are satisfied:

                              (i)  the person is an authorised representative of a financial services licensee whose Australian financial services licence covers the provision of financial product advice;

                             (ii)  the person is authorised by the licensee to provide financial product advice on behalf of the licensee.

Financial counsellors

             (9)  The circumstances are that the person is a member of one of the following bodies, acting in that capacity:

                     (a)  Financial Counselling Australia Ltd;

                     (b)  Financial Counsellors Association of New South Wales Inc;

                     (c)  Financial and Consumer Rights Council Inc.;

                     (d)  Financial Counsellors Association of Queensland Inc.;

                     (e)  Financial Counsellors Association of Western Australia Inc;

                      (f)  The South Australian Financial Counsellors’ Association Incorporated;

                     (g)  Financial Counselling Tasmania Inc.;

                     (h)  Financial Counsellors ACT;

                      (i)  Money Workers Association of the Northern Territory Incorporated.

Property managers

           (10)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person (the property manager) carries on a business of managing property; and

                     (b)  the property manager manages property on behalf of one or more other persons; and

                     (c)  the property manager represents a person insured under an insurance product in pursuing a claim in relation to the property under the insurance product.

Estate management

           (11)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person (the estate manager) administers the estate of a person who is:

                              (i)  deceased; or

                             (ii)  incapable of managing the person’s own affairs because of physical or mental incapacity; and

                     (b)  the estate manager represents a person insured under an insurance product in pursuing a claim under the insurance product; and

                     (c)  the claim relates to the estate or its administration.

Public Trustees etc.

           (12)  The circumstances are:

                     (a)  the person (the estate manager) is the Public Trustee (however described) of a State or Territory; and

                     (b)  the estate manager administers the estate of a person; and

                     (c)  the estate manager represents a person insured under an insurance product in pursuing a claim under the insurance product; and

                     (d)  the claim relates to the estate or its administration.