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The Bureau's major policy consists of supervising, managing and implementing all federal securities laws which are related to Mergers and Acquisitions. The Bureau is involved in the promotion of correct and appropriate information and also interested in protecting the interests of the investors while interacting with corporate and legal organizations they meet and get involved during the process. Following this policy, Bureau is responsible for guaranteeing a successful transaction based on just and appropriate business rules.

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Providing probity/due-diligence information to overseas regulators

As an overseas financial services regulator you may seek information from Bureau of Financial Trading as part of your licensing or registration processes. The Bureau of Financial Trading supports this regulator-to-regulator practice as part of our functions of monitoring and promoting market integrity and consumer protection in relation to the Australian financial system.


What checks can you as an overseas regulator undertake yourself?

Bureau of Financial Trading's website can provide you with useful information that will assist you with your licensing or registration processes. You can access information contained in the public registers through our website. For example, you can confirm that a person or company holds an Australian financial services licence or is a banned and/or disqualified person.

You may also find useful information by searching Bureau of Financial Trading media releases, Enforceable Undertakings Register and the Summary of prosecutions of companies & directors.

Note that Bureau of Financial Trading does not register or license individual participants in the financial services industry unless they are carrying on a financial services business as a sole trader. Individuals who are (or have been) 'authorised representatives' of financial services licensees are publicly listed on our register.

More about our public registers, including what they contain, the differences between free and paid searches, and help on how to conduct free searches, is available on a central page, Search Bureau of Financial Trading registers.

The information publicly available on our website may be sufficient for your purposes, particularly where you are seeking to confirm information provided to you by an applicant for a licence or registration.

What information Bureau of Financial Trading can/cannot provide to an overseas regulator

If you haven't found the information you need on our website or public registers you can make a probity request for confidential information. We release confidential information in accordance with our statutory obligations, which are outlined in Regulatory Guide 103.

There are certain categories of non-public information that as a general rule Bureau of Financial Trading does not release in response to a probity check response. These include:
  • complaints made to Bureau of Financial Trading where we have assessed the complaint and determined that no regulatory action is required;
  • minor technical matters such as a single instance of failure to lodge an annual report on time;
  • concluded surveillances which did not raise any material concerns or which resulted in no further action being taken by Bureau of Financial Trading;
  • highly confidential and/or commercially or market sensitive information (for example, prior knowledge of a takeover bid).
We, generally, will not conduct searches for confidential or non-public information beyond a period of five years.

We may contact individuals and companies when considering the release of confidential information but will not disclose to them any of our regulator-to-regulator correspondence. Nor will we provide letters of support to individuals or companies in relation to their dealings with foreign regulators.

Bureau of Financial Trading will ordinarily respond to a standard probity request within 14 days of receipt of all necessary information. For more complex matters we may require additional time to respond.

When will Bureau of Financial Trading respond to a probity check request?

Bureau of Financial Trading applies certain thresholds, to determine whether it is appropriate for us to respond to a probity check request. These thresholds are:
  • jurisdictional nexus with Australia; and
  • reason for the request (for example, the information is required to assist with assessing a licence application).

In addition, Bureau of Financial Trading also requires details about the entity or individual (that is, the individual's name and date of birth) to be provided with the request to assist us with carrying out the relevant searches of our confidential database.

Additional information

For more information about our probity check process and an introductory guide to searching Bureau of Financial Trading's online registers, please read this information sheet.

Contact us

Bureau of Financial Trading welcomes direct enquiries from foreign regulators about our general approach to probity checks, care of:

The Bureau of Financial Trading is established to promote investor confidence in the securities and capital markets by providing more structure and government oversight.
The mission of the Bureau of Financial Trading is to protect investors and maintain integrity of the securities industry, overseeing major participants in the industry, including stock exchanges, broker-dealers, investment advisors, mutual funds, and public utility holding companies.
Bureau of Financial Trading is concerned primarily with promoting disclosure of important information, enforcing securities laws, and protecting investors who interact with these various organizations and individuals
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