ASIC has issued a consultation paper (pdf) seeking
submissions from the public on its proposals to offer exemptions for
some bodies that arrange group insurance.
ASIC is seeking feedback to help it consider
exemption for some bodies which arrange group insurance policies, such
as sporting and community associations, from the licensing provisions
of Chapters 7 and 5C of the Corporations Act.
When group purchasing bodies are small industry bodies or
not-for-profit associations, it may not be economical for them to
obtain an AFS licence or to register a managed investment scheme.
ASIC is also consulting on proposals for technical
relief for insurers from the product disclosure statement provisions
when a person to be covered under a group insurance product would have
acquired the product as a wholesale client if they were the insured.
The comments period closes on 25 June 2007.