Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Overview

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is an independent Commonwealth Government body which administers the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act. ASIC is responsible for enforcing company, market and financial services laws. The body employs approximately 1,630 staff and has offices in every Australian state and territory.

ASIC's role is set out in the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 and covers the following activities:

  • Consumer credit regulator - Includes the regulation of fund raising, takeovers, market disclosure and financial reporting of people and businesses dealing with consumer credit activities.
  • Markets Regulator - Monitors financial markets and supervises trading on Australia's equity, derivatives and futures markets.
  • Financial Services Regulator - Licences and monitors financial services organisations which deal in superannuation, managed funds, shares and company securities, derivatives, and insurance.

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