Journalists are currently exempt from paying certain registry search fees.
Journalists may qualify for an exemption where they seek access to information for their professional work.
Amendments to the fees chargeable for ASIC searches under regulations means that journalists can access some information for free. However, the fee exemptions do not apply to all search information.
Approved journalists will have access to a range of search products across ASIC's registers.
The journalist search exemption is an extension of the current media exemption.
All media must pay for access to lodged documents and historical extracts, including but not limited to:
- Form 388 Copy of financial statements and reports
- Form 201 Application for registration as an Australian company
- Historical company extracts (including current information)
ASIC has created a Journalist Portal which is a dedicated search service for approved journalists who are exempt from paying certain registry search fees. The portal will be available from 1 July 2019.
More information about what search products are available.
A journalist is a person who works in a professional capacity for media organisations, is a freelance who regularly sells stories to media organisations, or publishes stories on a commercial basis.
You can apply by completing and emailing an application for journalist search access.
More information about applying.