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Friday 5 March 2010

10-42AD Short position reporting

ASIC today has announced decisions made in relation to the following provisions introduced in the Corporations Amendment Regulations 2009 (No 8) (SR No 327 of 2009)(Short Selling Regulations):

  • to delay the commencement of short seller obligations to lodge short position reports from 1 April 2010 to 1 June 2010; and

  • to reschedule the commencement of ASIC obligations to publish aggregated short position reports from 1 April 2010 to 21 June 2010.

The change in the commencement of the short seller’s obligation to report its short positions will allow short sellers more time to ensure they have the appropriate systems in place to meet their reporting obligations.

ASIC will facilitate an industry-wide pilot test to allow short sellers access to the new reporting infrastructure from 10 May 2010.

Additional information

To assist short sellers and systems developers adequately prepare for the new reporting requirements, ASIC has also revised Information Sheet 98, now titled Short selling: Short position reporting (INFO 98).

INFO 98 includes key tasks and practical information which stakeholders must be aware of prior to the revised start date for the reporting requirements. INFO 98 also contains details relating to the threshold for short position reporting and other technical amendments, as well as information about the FIX Rules of Engagement. In the period leading up to implementation, ASIC will regularly update INFO 98.

ASIC will shortly publish a revised Regulatory Guide 196 Short selling (RG 196). This document will contain more details about the decisions described above. Other updates in this document will reflect recent changes in the law, some exemptions provided to allow for certain naked short selling and guidance in relation to the disclosure and reporting requirements that apply.

Questions about short position reporting can be directed to onlineaccess@asic.gov.au or visit www.asic.gov.au/shortselling. for further information.

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Last updated: 05/03/2010 12:00