You may require an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) as part of your business if you intend to engage in one or more of the following activities:
- Providing financial product advice;
- Dealing in financial products;
- Making a market in financial products;
- Operating a registered managed investments scheme; or
- Providing custodial or depository services.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be exempt from the requirement to hold an AFS licence or you may provide financial services under a limited AFS licence.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this licence you must:
- Meet approved qualification and competency standards and/or have practical experience;
- Have sufficient financial resources to carry on the proposed business; and
- Be able to meet certain obligations of an AFS licensee such as training, compliance, insurance and dispute resolution.
The best way to apply for an AFSL is online using the eLicensing system. The system individually tailors the application to your business.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Corporate, Partnership or Trustee:
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Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Investors and Financial Consumers
Corporations Act 2001 (Australian Government)
Corporations Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)
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