Part 1—Preliminary
1 Name of legislative instrument
This instrument is ASIC Corporations (Generic Calculators) Instrument 2016/207.
3 Authority
This instrument is made under paragraphs 926A(2)(a) and 951B(1)(a) of the Corporations Act 2001.
4 Definitions
In this instrument:
Act means the Corporations Act 2001.
assumptions means the factors (which may be changed by the user) that are applied by a financial calculator in working out the estimate.
estimate means the result of a numerical calculation performed by a financial calculator.
financial calculator means a facility, device, table or other thing used to make a numerical calculation or find out the result of a numerical calculation relating to a financial product.
Note: The facility, device, table or other object will not be a financial calculator to the extent that its output goes beyond the numerical result of a calculation and a description of what that result is. For example, an electronic facility will not be a financial calculator to the extent that it makes a recommendation about a particular financial product or the associated disclosures refer to a particular financial product.
present value of an estimate worked out by a financial calculator of an amount payable at a future time is:
(a) in the case of a financial calculator that is not a superannuation or retirement calculator, the amount worked out using the following formula:
C
(1+r)^{ n}
where:
C is the estimate of the amount payable at the future time.
n is the number of years and part years between the present date and the future time that the amount is payable; and
r is 0.025 or such other assumed inflation rate (expressed as a decimal fraction) as is inputted by the user of the calculator; and
Note: The default formula assumes an inflation rate of 2.5% (being the mid-point of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s target range for inflation over the cycle).
(b) in the case of a financial calculator that is a superannuation or retirement calculator, the amount worked out using the following formula:
C
(1+r)^{ n}
where:
C is the estimate of the amount payable at the future time.
n is the number of years and part years between the present date and the future time that the amount is payable; and
r is
(i) if the user of the calculator has not inputted an assumed inflation rate—0.032 or such other assumed inflation rate (expressed as a decimal fraction) as is used for the purpose of the financial calculator; or
Note: The default formula assumes an inflation rate of 3.2% (which reflects CPI of 2% and real wage growth of 1.2%).
(ii) otherwise—the assumed inflation rate (expressed as a decimal fraction) inputted by the user of the calculator.
statutory assumption means an assumption that reflects a rate or amount fixed by legislation.
Note: Statutory assumptions include a rate of taxation and the rate of compulsory superannuation contributions.
superannuation or retirement calculator means a financial calculator relating to a superannuation product or an RSA product.
Note: A superannuation or retirement calculator may relate to something else (whether or not a financial product) in addition to relating to a superannuation product or an RSA product (e.g. a superannuation or retirement calculator may also relate to the age pension).
Part 2—Exemption
5 Exemption for providers of financial calculators
(1) A person who provides financial product advice through, or through making available, a financial calculator does not have to comply with:
(a) the requirement in subsection 911A(1) of the Act to hold an Australian financial services licence covering the provision of that advice; and
(b) where the person is a financial services licensee—Divisions 2, 3 and 4 of Part 7.7 of the Act in relation to that advice.
(2) The exemption in subsection (1) does not apply to a person if 30 days have elapsed since the person knew or was reckless with respect to whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that the person has failed, other than in an immaterial respect, to comply with a condition of this instrument without full particulars of the failure having been notified to ASIC (to the extent that the person knows those particulars or would have known them if they had undertaken reasonable enquiries).
6 Conditions
(1) A person who relies on the exemption in subsection 5(1) must take reasonable steps to ensure all of the following:
(a) the financial calculator does not advertise or promote a specific financial product;
(b) if the financial calculator is an electronic facility or device, the financial calculator:
(i) enables the user to change any of the assumptions (the default assumptions) that are applied by the calculator in working out the estimate relating to a financial product other than a statutory assumption; and
Note: The financial calculator does not have to involve the application of any statutory assumptions; but if it does, it may permit the user to change them.
(ii) works out or enables the user to work out an estimate on the basis of the changed assumptions;
(c) the default assumptions, including any statutory assumptions, applied by the financial calculator, unless changed by the user, are reasonable for the purposes of working out the estimate;
(d) the financial calculator displays to the user in the ordinary course of its use or has printed on it all of the following:
(i) a clear and prominent statement about the purpose and limitations of the calculator;
(ii) a clear and prominent explanation of the impact of any significant limitation of the calculator;
(iii) a clear and prominent statement of the assumptions;
(iv) where the estimate is of an amount payable at a future time of 2 or more years:
(A) a clear and prominent statement setting out the present value of the estimate; and
(B) if the calculator is a superannuation or retirement calculator and the assumed inflation rate used in calculating the present value of the estimate does not include a component that reflects the cost of meeting increases in community living standards—a clear and prominent statement:
(I) specifying that the present value of the estimate does not take into account the cost of meeting increases in community living standards; and
(II) explaining the implications of the present value not taking into account the cost of meeting those increases;
Note: Subparagraph (d)(iii) requires a clear and prominent statement of the assumed inflation rate used in calculating the present value of the estimate. Paragraph (e) requires an explanation of why the assumed inflation rate used in calculating the present value of the estimate is a reasonable assumption for the purposes of working out the present value of the estimate.
(v) a clear and prominent statement to the effect that the financial calculator is not intended to be relied on for the purposes of making a decision in relation to a financial product and that they should consider obtaining advice from a financial services licensee before making any financial decisions;
(e) the financial calculator displays to the user (including because of a step taken by the user) or has printed on it an explanation of why the default assumptions, including any statutory assumption, are reasonable for the purpose of working out the estimate;
(f) if the financial calculator is an electronic facility or device— the financial calculator does not prevent the user from readily printing or electronically storing the estimate;
(g) the person keeps a copy of the financial calculator for 7 years from when it is first made available.
(2) A statement or explanation required under paragraph (1)(d) or (e) must contain as much detail as a retail client using the financial calculator would reasonably expect to find having regard to the nature of the calculator.