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Consultation Paper - Council of Financial Regulators: Review of Financial Market Infrastructure Regulation


Friday, 21 October 2011

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The Council of Financial Regulators (the Council) has released a consultation paper on proposals to enhance the supervision of Australia’s critical financial market infrastructure.

The proposals include new powers to require certain systemically-important market infrastructure to have key aspects of their operations located in Australia and overseen by 'fit and proper' persons, as well as increased power for regulators to intervene in the event of infrastructure experiencing substantial difficulties.

The consultation paper provides stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on proposals that the Council is now considering. The Council, whose members include the Governor of the Reserve Bank, the Secretary to the Treasury, and the Chairs of both APRA and ASIC, will then finalise its advice to the Government to inform any necessary legislative amendments.

On 8 April 2011 the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon. Wayne Swan MP, asked the Council to establish a working group to consider reforms to strengthen Australia’s regulatory framework. This followed the decision to prohibit the acquisition of ASX Limited by Singapore Exchange Limited, based on unambiguous and unanimous advice from the Foreign Investment Review Board that the proposal was contrary to the national interest.

The regulators advised that reforms were necessary to ensure we can preserve the integrity of our financial infrastructure and the strong ability of our supervisors to maintain robust oversight in all market conditions, including in the event of any future foreign ownership or alliance of the ASX.

Making a submission

Interested parties are invited to comment on the paper. While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment. Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.

Closing date for submissions: Friday, 2 December 2011

Address written submissions to:

The Manager
Financial Markets Unit
Corporations and Capital Markets Division
The Treasury
Langton Crescent

Email: CFR-Review-FMI@treasury.gov.au

For enquiries, please call Percy Bell (02) 6263 2048.

Documents Available:

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Submissions: Consultation Paper - Council of Financial Regulators: Review of Financial Market Infrastructure Regulation - 7/12/2011

Treasury has received 22 submissions in response to its consultation on the consultation paper Council of Financial Regulators: Review of Financial Market Infrastructure Regulation. 18 submissions were public submissions and four were confidential. Public submissions are accessible by selecting the author.

The opinions expressed in the submissions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government or the Treasury.

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