AFSL Responsible Manager RG105

Responsible Manager RG 105

What is a Responsible Manager?

Responsible Managers are the people that a licensee appoints to demonstrate to ASIC that it has the knowledge, skills and experience required to provide the financial services it is authorised to on its Australian Financial Services licence (AFSL).

Aspiring, ready to be, or already a Responsible Manager needing CPD – we help you navigate training requirements so you can get on with your day to day compliantly.

A Responsible Manager is a key individual within a business. They can supervise operations in a few ways:

  • Oversee the conduct of authorised representatives who trade financial instruments or provide advice
  • Be a company director appointed as a responsible manager
  • Serve purely as a responsible manager, monitoring licensing compliance and conduct risks.

Checking the credentials of Responsible Managers is one aspect of how ASIC evaluates whether a licensee is ‘competent’ to provide the financial services specified under its AFSL. In the course of assessing licensee compliance with the ‘organisational competence obligation’ in RG 105, ASIC will expect that Responsible Managers:

  • are directly responsible for significant day-to-day decisions about the ongoing provision of financial services;
  • are of good fame and character; and
  • have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience.

How many Responsible Managers a licensee should ideally appoint varies and depends on the nature, scale and complexity of the business. If a licensee is heavily dependent on the competence of one or two Responsible Managers, e.g. in a small organisation with one or two principals, then ASIC will generally impose a ‘key person’ condition on the licence.

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Responsible Manager Training

What responsible managers need to know about their role and responsibilities, and the industry regulations licensees must comply with.

RG 105 Responsible Manager Nomination Option 3

Are you being nominated as a Responsible Manager under your AFSL? Do you have a relevant university degree and three years relevant experience?

Responsible Manager Nomination Option 3 is suitable for nominated Responsible Managers who hold a university degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, commerce, business, accounting or equivalent). In some cases ASIC may accept a degree in some other technical discipline (e.g. a degree in geology if the nominated Responsible Manager’s role relates to giving financial product advice about resource equities). In addition you must have three years relevant experience.

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