Australia

Australian Forex License is the premier choice for those wishing to establish a presence in not only Oceania but the whole Asia Pacific region.

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Australia

ASIC (Australian Securities and Investment Commission) is the financial regulatory body in Australia.

It is authorised by the government to review all applications and issues all financial licenses, including the Forex License.

ASIC monitors and regulates the financial industry by enforcing the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act).

In order to be licensed by ASIC, you have to conform to several prerequisites, for instance and proper testing, as well as prove your financial standing.

Capital requirement is AUD 1 million.

The standard authorizations allows you to establish a margin forex, Contract for Difference (CFD) or binary options brokerage (or a combination of these) brokerage, which allows you to advise and deal on forex and derivatives.

Managed Discretionary Accounts (MDAs) License allows you to offer managed accounts or copy trading services (including MAM / PAMM).

In order to receive ASIC approval, the applicant must demonstrate a commitment and focus in Australia.

  • Time frame: Approximately 1 year
  • Taxation: 30% (On Audit)


License:

  • Australia Financial Service License (AFSL) for Forex Brokerage</br
Application Process:

For each Director, Shareholder and Ultimate Beneficial Owner:

  • Notarised / Certified True Copy of Passport
  • Notarised / Certified True Copy of Proof of Address
  • Notarised / Certified True Copy of Bank Statement
  • Bank Reference Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)


For each Corporate Shareholders of the company:

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum of Association
  • Articles of associations
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Register of Directors  
  • Register of Shareholdings
  • Certificate of Good Standing (if the company is over a year old)


Other Required Documents:

  • Liquidity Provider Agreement
  • Proof of Source of Wealth
  • Company manuals for internal and external procedures
  • Fit and proper test results for each person
  • Business Plan
  • People proofs for each nominated Responsible Manager
  • Organisational Expertise Table
  • Financial Resources Statements
  • Details of the counterparty or liquidity providers (e.g. AFSL details, agreements negotiated to date)
  • Any guarantees on stop losses you will provide to clients
  • Whether a Straight Through Processing (STP) operating model will be in place for the products
  • Additional Proof Documentation might be needed, depending on the authorisations for which your business is seeking to be licensed
Responsible Managers To obtain the authorizations that your business is seeking, you must ensure that the Responsible Managers nominated have appropriate skill and experience. Broadly, this means they will:

  • Need to have worked in Australia for an AFSL for at least 3 in the past 5 years, or 5 in the past 8 years;

  • Have a university degree in a relevant field (e.g. commerce, science, economics);
 
  • Have complied to ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 (RG146) in foreign exchange and derivatives;
 
  • Be able to provide at least two referees;
 
  • Not be associated with more than one other AFSL (as RM, shareholder or director);
 
  • Have clear criminal and bankruptcy checks.

Taxation:
  • Standard corporate tax is 30% 

Accounting and Auditing:
  • Audit must be carried out in Australia
  • Audited financial statements and tax return must be filed within 3 months from the publication of balance sheet
  • Accounting records must be kept in the office

Others:
  • Physical Office in Australia – Yes
  • Company Secretary – Yes
  • Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance Cover – Yes
  • Local Employees in Australia – Yes
  • Legal Framework: Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act)

  • Regulatory Authority: Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

  • Capital Requirement: AUD 1 million

Permitted Activities:
  • Trade in securities as a principle
  • Trade in securities as an agent on behalf of clients
  • Issue your own Managed Account products
  • Offer trading activities in forex, CFDs, futures
  • Forex CTA activities
  • Trading in commodities (agricultural commodities, metals)
  1. To start the process, the team from Offshore Tech & Intermediary Services will perform an initial assessment of your brokerage in order to determine if Australia will be the right fit.

  2. For this purpose we’ll require a business plan, general overview and introduction to all firm directors.

  3. Propose a business name so we can incorporate a local entity in Australia.

  4. We will conduct name check and reservation at the ASIC

  5. Submit the whole set of necessary documents to the staffs of Offshore Tech & Intermediary Services

  6. Review and Conduct Due Diligence Checks on Directors and Ultimate Beneficial Owners (Know Your Customer (KYC) Policy)

  7. Preparing Application Forms, Compiling Necessary Documents & Reviewing of Application

  8. Submission of Application with the ASIC

  9. Follow up with ASIC on the process, and submit additional documents if and when necessary

  10. Upon the issuance of license, we will proceed to assist you in the opening of bank accounts
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