APRA releases discussion paper on new rules for foreign insurers in Australia

APRA has issued a
discussion paper on proposed refinements to the general insurance
prudential framework
which will affect not only direct offshore foreign insurers (DOFIs) (previously discussed here) that wish to become
APRA-authorised but also all APRA-authorised general insurers.

The proposed refinements to the prudential framework are intended to apply from 1 July 2008.

proposals recognise five different categories of insurer, based on
their risk profiles, while maintaining adequate protection for

five categories of insurer are locally incorporated insurers, wholly
owned subsidiaries of local or foreign insurers, foreign insurers
operating as foreign branches, association captives, and sole parent

The Government intends that offshore foreign reinsurers will not be required to be authorised in Australia.

discussion paper does not address the proposed exemptions from
prudential regulation foreshadowed in the Government’s announcement on foreign insurers.
The Treasury is developing options for such exemptions and intends to
issue a separate consultation paper on this topic.

invites written submissions  by 11 September 2007.

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