ASIC is extending the date by which relevant providers – financial advisers who provide personal advice to retail clients on relevant financial products (including time share advisers) – must be registered. Relevant providers will now need to be registered by 1 February 2024. The reason for the further extension is that the Treasury Laws Amendment (2023 Measures No. 1) Bill (the Bill) remains before parliament.
A further extension to the registration requirement will allow additional time for:
Parliament to consider the improvements proposed by the Bill;
ASIC to assist the financial advice industry to understand and comply with the registration requirement by issuing regulatory guidance and conducting webinars; and
Australian financial service (AFS) licensees to understand the registration requirement and to make necessary applications to register their relevant providers with ASIC.