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Credit relief



ASIC may grant relief from various provisions of the credit legislation by making individual instruments, or class orders which have a wider application.

Individual instruments and class orders made under the credit legislation are not published in the ASIC Gazette.

Relief under the credit legislation
Applying for individual relief


Getting copies of credit instrumentsGetting copies of class orders
Individual instruments made under the credit legislation (including section 203A of the Credit Code) are published on the ASIC website. Specified exclusions made under subsections 6(14) and 171(4) of the Credit Code are not published on the ASIC website and are not available to the public.

See credit instruments:
2010 | 2011 | 2012
Class orders made under the credit legislation are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). The FRLI may be accessed at http://www.frli.gov.au. Class orders are also published on the ASIC website.


See class orders:
2010 | 2011 | 2012



Relief under the credit legislation



ASIC may give relief from:

ASIC gives relief by way of individual instruments and class orders.

Individual instruments are made in response to an application by a person (see Applying for individual relief below).

Class orders, also known as legislative instruments, are generally made by ASIC of its own initiative. Class orders are sometimes also made in response to an application by a person or an industry association where ASIC forms the view that the relief ought to extend to a class of persons.


Applying for individual relief



When applying for individual relief from the credit legislation, make sure you:

1. Apply early

If you’re thinking of applying for relief from the credit legislation, you should apply as early as possible. Applications for relief often raise issues that may take some time to resolve.

2. Apply in writing

You should apply in writing, addressing the criteria in Regulatory Guide 51 Application for relief (RG 51).

3. Address the criteria in our policies on relief

You should specifically address the criteria set out in our policies on relief.

For example, in your application you should particularly address the commercial benefit and any net regulatory benefit or detriment from granting the relief you seek. If you think you have special circumstances or you are disproportionately affected by the credit legislation, clearly set out your reasons.

4. Lodge your application electronically

The quickest way to have your application considered and our preferred method of lodgement is to email the written application and any attachments to applications@asic.gov.au. Then send the paper copy and the fee to:

Manager – Applications
Australian Securities & Investments Commission
GPO Box 9827 in your capital city

Alternatively send your written application and cheque to us at the above address.

How ASIC charges fees for credit relief applications
Summary reports of ASIC relief applications

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