Corporations Amendment (Financial Market Supervision) Act 2010 (26 of 2010)
Schedule 1 Supervision of financial markets
Corporations Act 2001
14 After Part 7.2
Part 7.2A - Supervision of financial markets
798F ASIC to supervise financial markets
ASIC has the function of supervising financial markets the operators of which are licensed under subsection 795B(1).
798G Market integrity rules
(1) ASIC may, by legislative instrument, make rules (the market integrity rules ) that deal with the following:
(a) the activities or conduct of licensed markets;
(b) the activities or conduct of persons in relation to licensed markets;
(c) the activities or conduct of persons in relation to financial products traded on licensed markets.
Note: The market integrity rules will not apply in relation to all licensed markets: see subsection 798H(2).
(2) The market integrity rules may include a penalty amount for a rule. A penalty amount must not exceed $1,000,000.
(3) ASIC must not make a market integrity rule unless the Minister has consented, in writing, to the making of the rule.
(4) Despite subsection (3), ASIC may make a market integrity rule without the consent of the Minister if ASIC is of the opinion that it is necessary, or in the public interest, to protect people dealing in a financial product or class of financial products.
(5) However, if ASIC does so, ASIC must:
(a) provide the Minister, on the following day, with a written explanation of the need for the rule; and
(b) amend or revoke the rule in accordance with any written directions of the Minister.
Minister's instruments are not legislative instruments
(6) None of the following is a legislative instrument:
(a) a consent given under subsection (3);
(b) a direction given under paragraph (5)(b).
798H Complying with market integrity rules
(1) The following entities must comply with the market integrity rules:
(a) operators of licensed markets;
(b) participants in licensed markets;
(c) entities prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph.
Note: This subsection is a civil penalty provision (see section 1317E). For relief from liability to a civil penalty relating to this subsection, see section 1317S.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a financial market the operator of which is licensed under subsection 795B(2) (overseas markets).
798J Directions by ASIC
(1) If ASIC is of the opinion that it is necessary, or in the public interest, to protect people dealing in a financial product or class of financial products by:
(a) giving a direction to an entity to suspend dealings in the financial product or class of financial products; or
(b) giving some other direction in relation to those dealings;
ASIC may give written advice to the entity of that opinion and the reasons for it.
Note: ASIC may also give directions to entities that are market licensees under section 794D. A failure to comply with a direction under that section is an offence (see subsection 1311(1)).
(2) If, after receiving ASIC's advice and reasons, the entity does not take:
(a) in the case of a proposed direction to suspend dealings in the financial products - action to prevent such dealings; or
(b) in any other case - such other action as in ASIC's view is adequate to address the situation raised in the advice;
and ASIC still considers that it is appropriate to give the direction to the entity, ASIC may give the entity the written direction with a statement setting out its reasons for making the direction.
(3) The direction has effect for the period specified in it (which may be up to 21 days). During that period, the entity must comply with the direction and must not allow any dealings to take place contrary to it.
(4) If the entity fails to comply with the direction, ASIC may apply to the Court for, and the Court may make, an order that the entity comply with the direction.
(5) If, at any time after the entity receives ASIC's advice under subsection (1), the entity requests in writing that ASIC refer the matter to the Minister, ASIC must do so immediately. In that event, the Minister may, if he or she considers it appropriate, require ASIC not to make, or to revoke, the direction. ASIC must immediately comply with such a requirement.
(6) ASIC may vary a direction by giving written notice to the entity if ASIC is of the opinion that the variation is necessary, or in the public interest, to protect people dealing in a financial product or class of financial products.
(7) ASIC may revoke a direction by giving written notice to the entity.
(8) A direction given under subsection (2) is not a legislative instrument.
798K Alternatives to civil proceedings
(1) The regulations may provide for a person who is alleged to have contravened subsection 798H(1) (complying with market integrity rules) to do one or more of the following as an alternative to civil proceedings:
(a) pay a penalty to the Commonwealth;
(b) undertake or institute remedial measures (including education programs);
(c) accept sanctions other than the payment of a penalty to the Commonwealth;
(d) enter into a legally enforceable undertaking.
(2) The penalty payable under regulations made under paragraph (1)(a) in relation to a market integrity rule must not exceed three-fifths of the penalty amount set out in the market integrity rules for the rule.
(3) Without limiting regulations that may be made under paragraph (1)(d), those regulations may provide for one or more of the following kinds of undertakings:
(a) an undertaking to take specified action within a specified period;
(b) an undertaking to refrain from taking specified action;
(c) an undertaking to pay a specified amount within a specified period to the Commonwealth or to some other specified person.
798L Exemptions and modifications by regulations
(1) The regulations may:
(a) exempt a person or class of persons from all or specified provisions of this Part; or
(b) exempt a financial market or class of financial markets from all or specified provisions of this Part; or
(c) provide that this Part applies in relation to a person or a financial market, or a class of persons or financial markets, as if specified provisions were omitted, modified or varied as specified in the regulations.
(2) For the purpose of this section, the provisions of this Part include definitions in this Act, or in the regulations, as they apply to references in this Part.
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