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Our role



What we do
Our strategic priorities
Who we regulate
Our powers
Protecting consumers and investors
Statements of expectation and intent
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How we operate


What we do


ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator.

We contribute to Australia’s economic reputation and wellbeing by ensuring that Australia’s financial markets are fair and transparent, supported by confident and informed investors and consumers.

We are an independent Commonwealth Government body. We are set up under and administer the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act (ASIC Act), and we carry out most of our work under the Corporations Act.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 requires us to:
ASIC currently comes under the portfolio responsibilities of the Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann, Minister for Finance.

More about the laws we administer
Other regulators and organisations
International activities
Stakeholder survey reports
Our surveillance coverage of regulated populations in 2012–13


Our strategic priorities


ASIC's priorities are to ensure:

Confident and informed investors and financial consumers
Fair and efficient financial markets
Efficient registration and licensing
Download ASIC's Strategic Framework
Download our strategic outlook for 2014-2015


Who we regulate


We regulate Australian companies, financial markets, financial services organisations and professionals who deal and advise in investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit.

As the consumer credit regulator, we license and regulate people and businesses engaging in consumer credit activities (including banks, credit unions, finance companies, and mortgage and finance brokers). We ensure that licensees meet the standards - including their responsibilities to consumers - that are set out in the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009.

As the markets regulator, we assess how effectively authorised financial markets are complying with their legal obligations to operate fair, orderly and transparent markets. We also advise the Minister about authorising new markets. On 1 August 2010, we assumed responsibility for the supervision of trading on Australia’s domestic licensed equity, derivatives and futures markets.

As the financial services regulator, we license and monitor financial services businesses to ensure that they operate efficiently, honestly and fairly. These businesses typically deal in superannuation,managed funds, shares and company securities,derivatives, and insurance.


Our powers


The laws we administer give us the facilitative, regulatory and enforcement powers necessary for us to perform our role. These include the power to:

Protecting consumers and investors


We have powers to protect consumers against misleading or deceptive and unconscionable conduct affecting all financial products and services, including credit.

Read more about our services to consumers


Statements of expectation and intent


Read the Treasurer's Statement of Expectations and ASIC's Statement of Intent


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