Responsible Manager RG1052023-04-21T13:14:44+10:00

AFSL Responsible Manager RG105

Responsible Manager RG 105

What is an  Australian Financial Services licence (AFSL)?

You must have an Australian Financial Services Licence to conduct a financial services business. AFS Licensees have a general obligation to provide efficient, honest and fair financial services. You must comply with the conditions of your AFS licence and the Corporations Act 2001.

AFSL 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).

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 non financial 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 a fit and proper person; and
  • have the requisite knowledge, skills and experience.

Responsible Manager Training and Courses

Whether becoming a responsible manager is the next step in your career, you’re being nominated as one, or you need continuing professional development, we have a solution for every stage. Our responsible manager programs provide all you need to know about your roles and responsibilities and the industry regulations licensees must comply with – wherever you are along your RM journey.

Aspiring to become a Responsible Manager?

ASIC expects Responsible Managers to play an active role in fostering a compliance culture in their business and in the financial services industry more broadly.

Our Responsible Manager Fundamentals course is designed for aspiring responsible managers or participants wanting to understand the role of responsible manager within the context of AFS.

Responsible Manager Fundamentals

Ready to be nominated as a Responsible Manager?

Are you being nominated as a Responsible Manager under your AFSL? Do you have a relevant university degree and three years relevant experience? Complete a short industry course relevant to the industry or financial product to which your role relates.

Option 3: Industry short course


Are you taking on the role of a Responsible Manager for an AFS licensee and need to prove that your knowledge of Australian regulations is up to date?

Regulation of Australian Financial Services

Already a Responsible Manager needing CPD?

Among measures for preserving organisational competence, ASIC requires licensees to maintain and update the knowledge and skills of their Responsible Managers (RG 105.10).

Our online CPD assists Responsible Managers in meeting their CPD obligation with new courses on topical issues released every year.

AFSL Responsible Manager CPD

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum continuing professional standards for responsible managers?2023-01-19T12:25:01+11:00

ASIC doesn’t specify how many CPD hours are required for Responsible Managers of AFS licensees.

However, the CPD must be ‘adequate’ and assist a responsible manager to:

  • maintain knowledge and skills that are appropriate for their activities and responsibilities, and are consistent with any applicable training standards
  • update their knowledge and skills, especially in areas where there is continual change
  • develop new knowledge and skills to assist with their current role or roles contemplated in the near future.

Our AFSL Responsible Manager CPD awards 15 hours/points. This affords licensees flexibility to make up the balance of the widely accepted industry standard of 20 hours via other activities, such as industry reading, inhouse training, and industry event attendance.

What is RG105?2023-02-27T13:15:27+11:00

RG 105 AFS licensing: Organisational competence is a guide for Australian financial services (AFS) licensees and AFS licence applicants.

This guide describes what ASIC looks for when assessing compliance with the ‘organisational competence obligation’, which is one of the general obligations under s912A(1) of the Corporations Act.


What is a responsible manager?2023-02-15T15:28:56+11:00

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).

For information on relevant legislation and important information surrounding your licensing obligations please refer to ASIC’s Regulatory Index.

Are you applying for an AFS Licence? Refer to ASICs AFS Licensing Kit for your obligations.

Who can be a responsible manager?2023-02-15T15:24:48+11:00

ASIC Regulatory Guide 105 AFS Licensing: Organisational competence (RG 105), provides detailed information about the requirements of responsible managers under an AFS licence.

For information on relevant legislation and important information surrounding your licensing obligations please refer to ASIC’s Regulatory Index.

A responsible manager possesses the following attributes:

  • they must be directly responsible for significant day-to-day decisions in regard to the provision of financial services
  • they must meet one of the five options for demonstrating knowledge and skills appropriate to their role, and
  • they must be a ‘fit and proper’ person.

Persons likely to be responsible managers within an AFS licensee include:

  • executive directors employed in a small to medium business
  • managers in a dealing room environment
  • business unit heads.

It is important to note that each financial product and service offered by a licensee must be matched by the skills and experience of at least one responsible manager

What is FEP’s Responsible Managers CPD program?2022-11-25T10:21:11+11:00

Our CPD program is an essential annual update for responsible managers and governance, risk and compliance leaders.

  • Released annual each year (January – December)
  • Contains five topics in alignment with what the regulators are prioritising
  • Earns 15 CPD hours/points (3 CPD points per topic).
  • Topics are separately assessed so can be studied one at a time, across the year.
  • Assessment is via a multiple-choice quiz for each topic.


Who can I talk to further about my AFSL compliance requirements?2022-05-26T15:23:41+10:00

We see Compliance Consultants as essential to good customer outcomes. Self-licensing is on the rise, ASIC is increasing scrutiny of regulated entities, and numerous legislative changes and other reforms are prompting all manner of financial services firms to seek the assistance of a Compliance Consultant.

Please visit our Compliance Consultants directory.

How do I enrol my team?2023-07-25T15:33:41+10:00

You can enrol your team either:

  • Enrol online or
  • Contact us to arrange an invoice.

Talk with us to develop your team training program.

Need help finding the right course?

Speak to our expert team

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