Insurance claims handling AFS licence update

Since 1 January 2021, claims handling and settling is a financial service that requires a licence by 1 January 2022. Background.

ASIC has called on insurance claims handling firms to lodge licence applications (new and varied) as soon as possible, and by no later than 7 May 2021.

The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response) (Claimant Intermediaries) Regulations 2021 has been registered to identify persons not requiring a licence.

This instrument amends the Corporation Regulations 2001 to exclude certain parties from the claimant intermediary definition when handling insurance claims because handling claims is typically not their core business and they often do so for no monetary benefits. This will avoid the unnecessary regulatory burden of requiring these parties to obtain an Australian financial services licence.

The persons excluded by the Regulations are:

  • mortgage brokers and mortgage intermediaries;
  • insurance brokers;
  • qualified accountants;
  • veterinarians;
  • travel agents;
  • financial advisers;
  • financial counsellors;
  • property managers;
  • estate managers; and
  • public trustees.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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