Innovation Hub events

ASIC presents at fintech meetups and events to discuss the Innovation Hub and our approach to new business models, and to answer questions on regulation and compliance.

Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Webinar: Using technology to help identify and assess poor market disclosure by listed companies

The Australian Government has announced $10 million in grant funding for startups and SMEs to address four regulatory challenges as part of the BRII program. A webinar on each challenge will be presented to help potential applicants understand the BRII program and the challenges. A short Q&A session with our experts will follow.

ASIC will join the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to outline its challenge at 11am AEST on Tuesday 4 May 2021. The webinar will be divided into three parts:

  • Part 1: Information about the Business Research and Innovation Initiative – Regulatory Technology round (BRII).
  • Part 2: What technology solutions may be suitable to solve this Challenge?
  • Part 3: Q&A Session

Please register your place,
registration is essential

You can visit business.gov.au/BRII for more information. If you can’t attend this webinar, you can watch a recording on business.gov.au/BRII after the event.

12th ASIC regtech liaison forum

Registrations are now open for the 12th ASIC Regtech Liaison Forum, scheduled for 2.00pm AEST Friday 30 April 2021.

The potential of regtech to support transformation while promoting regulatory compliance, market integrity, and positive consumer outcomes remain core tenents of ASIC’s research into the sector. The forum provides an opportunity for industry representatives and regulators to discuss the developments and opportunities within the regtech space.

At the Forum, the agenda will include:

Regtech Liaison Forum Agenda

Item leader

Acknowledgement of Country and Introduction

Cathie Armour, Commissioner, ASIC

1. ASIC

  • ASIC’s engagements and international update
  • ASIC’s Regtech Initiatives 2019-20 Report

Mark Adams, Senior Executive Leader, Strategic Intelligence, and Co-Ordinator, Innovation Hub, ASIC

2. Regtech Industry Discussion

·       The RegTech Association leads a discussion with industry representatives on the insights and findings to come out of the #ACCELERATERegtech2021 conference.

Leica Ison, RegTech Association Board Director and Founder & CEO, SkyJed

Jasper Poos, RegTech Association Board Director and Head of Governance and Assurance, Commonwealth Bank

Annika Barton, Program Director, Austrade

3. ACCC

·       Overview of the Consumer Data Right Conformance Test Suite

Kat Savelli, Director, Technology Delivery, CDR Division, ACCC

4. Business Research and Innovation Initiatives

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

  • Outline of the latest Regtech Round
  • Stage overview, eligibility, and application process

ASIC

  • Insights into ASIC’s Using technology to identify and assess potential poor disclosure by listed companies challenge

Frank Tonkin, Manager, Commercial and Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation Policy Branch, DISER

Ben Kirk, A/g Manager, Emerging Technologies Section, Technology and National Security Division, DISER

Phil Cole, Program Manager (BRII, NIG, BFF), Portfolio Programs Delivery Branch, AusIndustry

Mark Adams, Senior Executive Leader, Strategic Intelligence, and Co-Ordinator, Innovation Hub, ASIC

5. Floor Discussion

·       Comments and Q&A

·       Closing Comments

 

Meeting close

The Forum will be simulcast on YouTube with a recording made available following the livestream. For more information and further updates on the forum, register via WebEx Events or visit the Innovation Hub Events page.

Financial Innovation: Regulator Meet-up

ASIC's regulator meet-ups bring together representatives from national bodies to outline their latest initiatives and news with financial innovation and technology. Audience members have the opportunity to submit questions directly to regulators and agencies during this virtual meet-up.

Our session, airing 2PM Friday 27 November, saw ASIC outline the latest from the Innovation Hub and its administration of the Government’s enhanced regulatory sandbox (ERS). APRA provided an overview of its work looking at stored-value facilities, followed by Austrade speaking on international, trade, and investment activities revolving around fintech. Finally, the OAIC and the ACCC covered the latest information on the Consumer Data Right (CDR).

For more information, download a copy of the agenda and presentation slides available at the relevant links or below.

Meet-up Agenda

Meet-up Presentation

During the webinar, we received several questions that our speakers didn’t have time to answer. Please find some brief responses below:

  • What is the threshold for regulation responsibility moving from ASIC to APRA? In the proposed future framework (for SVF providers that offer accounts with functionality that allows account holders to store a significant amount of value for a long period of time) the threshold for requiring APRA authorisation will be $50 million of customer funds held.

  • How are, or will be, BNPL considered by the SVF and PPF framework? Currently, BNPL as a standalone product does not meet the criteria to come under APRA authorisation as it is a short term credit facility rather than a facility that customers use to store value. The treatment of BNPL providers is still under consideration.

  • Is there a good awareness of the need to ensure that regulatory language appropriately supports technology agnosticism going forward, particularly as it relates to using DLT as an alternative to a database+API? APRA is technology and supplier neutral. Authorised entities must demonstrate an ability to manage the risks of its chosen IT framework, infrastructure and solutions as set out in the relevant prudential standards.

  • If an Australian SVF purchased with AUD pays has an at call facility that pays out the customer with a crypto asset, is that covered by these new regulations? The proposed new framework for SVF providers should be flexible enough to accommodate innovative business models and future developments.

Additional FY2019–20 regtech initiatives

ASIC has developed additional regtech initiatives for FY2019–20 with the nature and scale of these initiatives designed in light of the evolving situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The design of these initiatives have been informed by previous regtech projects undertaken during FY2018–19. ASIC’s upcoming initiatives include:

  • Remote services and supervision webinar (14 July 2020)
    A free webinar discussion forum between industry, regulators and guests highlighting regtech’s potential to support the provision and supervision of financial services whilst many staff work remotely. The panel will include representatives from financial firms and professional service providers. If you missed the live event, you can watch the recording below or by following the links provided.

  • Responsible lending demonstration webinar (20 August 2020)
    ASIC hosted a public problem-solving event with a curated synthetic data set in which selected regtech providers demonstrated how AI/ML can be used to support a firm’s compliance with responsible lending obligations. The regtech solutions were showcased at the public webinar followed by an industry panel discussion.

 

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ASIC joins the Business Research and Innovation Initiative - Regulatory Technology Round

15 April 2021

ASIC’s BRII challenge seeks to establish an innovative technology solution to analyse market announcements (and other corporate disclosures) by listed companies and entities to help identify and assess poor market disclosure. More information can be found in the challenge fact sheet.

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ASIC publishes REP 685 ASIC's Regtech Initiatives 2019-20

20 January 2021

ASIC’s Regtech Initiatives 2019-20 report covers observations and findings from the regtech initiatives we conducted throughout the year.  The report outlines that regtech is particularly useful for identifying and, in some cases, assessing indicators of concerning conduct or activities by financial businesses.

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12th ASIC regtech liaison forum

30 April 2021

The forum provides a regular chance for industry representatives and regulators to discuss the developments and opportunities within the regulatory technology (regtech) space. More information.

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Financial Innovation: Regulator meet-up, recording now available

1 December 2020

ASIC's regulator meet-ups bring together representatives from national bodies to outline their latest initiatives and news with financial innovation and technology. More information.

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