Australia publishes draft laws for relaxed fintech regulation
24 Oct 2017

24 October 2017

By Byron Kaye, REUTERS

The Australian government published draft laws on Tuesday that would let financial technology companies operate without a full licence, a measure it said would encourage innovation without compromising existing levels of consumer protection.

The draft laws would let companies test “a broad scope of activities…without the need to meet all the existing licensing requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission,” Treasurer Scott Morrison said in a statement, referring to the corporate regulator.

Financial technology companies would be able to test products involving non-cash payments, crowdfunding, consumer credit and provide financial advice on pension funds, life insurance and domestic and international securities.

The draft laws, which Morrison has opened for consultation, would let companies “overcome the initial regulatory burden and costs of licensing that may otherwise hinder innovative offerings.”

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