New AFCA funding model and fees

The Australian Financial Complaints Authority has published details about its new funding model and fee structure.

The new funding model will apply from 1 July 2022. The updated complaint fee schedule will apply to complaints closed from 1 July 2022 regardless of when they were received.


The key features of the funding model are:

  • Five free complaints
    No complaint fees for the first five complaints closed within a financial year.
  • Single annual registration fee
    All financial firm members pay a $375.55 flat fee, while Authorised Credit Representative (ACR) members pay their $65.98 annual registration fee.
  • Simplified complaints fees
    A simplified complaint fee structure reduces complexity and encourages early resolution.
  • “User-pays” approach to fees. This approach reduces the burden on smaller members and those industries who are not heavy users of the scheme, and minimises cross-subsidisation across sectors.
  • Flexible invoicing
    Members with a user charge over a certain threshold can opt-in to progressive invoicing over a financial year. The threshold will be confirmed in June 2022.

A renewed complaint fee schedule consolidates the fee structure to reduce complexities and encourage early resolution of complaints.

All fees below are GST exclusive. The new fee structure does not apply to legacy complaints.

  • Closed before Referral:$0
  • Registration and Referral:$75
  • Fast Track – Case Management: $890
  • Case Management (CM1, CM2, CM – Conciliation, Preliminary View): $1,745
  • Fast Track – Decision $2,570
  • Decision: $7,570.

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David Jacobson

Author: David Jacobson
Principal, Bright Corporate Law
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