Corporations Act 2001
For the purposes of this Chapter, subject to paragraph (2)(b), a person provides a financial service if they:
(a) provide financial product advice (see section 766B ); or
(b) deal in a financial product (see section 766C ); or
(c) make a market for a financial product (see section 766D ); or
(d) operate a registered scheme; or
(e) provide a custodial or depository service (see section 766E ); or
(ea) provide a crowd-funding service (see section 766F ); or
(f) engage in conduct of a kind prescribed by regulations made for the purposes of this paragraph.
Subject to paragraph (2)(b), the provision by a trustee company of a traditional trustee company service constitutes the provision, by the company, of a financial service .
Note: Trustee companies may also provide other kinds of financial service mentioned in subsection (1).
The regulations may, in relation to a traditional trustee company service of a particular class, prescribe the person or persons to whom a service of that class is taken to be provided. This subsection does not limit (and is not limited by) subsection (2).
Note: A traditional trustee company service is provided to a person as a retail client unless regulations provide otherwise (see subsection 761G(6A) ).
The regulations may set out:
(a) the circumstances in which persons facilitating the provision of a financial service (for example, by publishing information) are taken also to provide that service; or
(b) the circumstances in which persons are taken to provide, or are taken not to provide, a financial service.
To avoid doubt, a person's conduct is not the provision of a financial service if it is done in the course of work of a kind ordinarily done by clerks or cashiers.
For the purposes of this section, a person is not operating a registered scheme merely because:
(a) they are acting as an agent or employee of another person; or
(b) they are taking steps to wind up the scheme.