A new mandate: ASIC's Corporate Plan for 2021‒25

  • On 26 August 2021, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (‘ASIC’) released its Corporate Plan for 2021‒25, the first under its new chair and deputy chair.
  • The Corporate Plan outlines ASIC's regulatory priorities and actions over the next four years and represents a significant change in direction for Australia's corporate regulator.
  • Directors and officers of regulated entities should continue to be mindful of their new and existing obligations, especially in relation to product design, governance and disclosure, cyber security risk, and their obligations under FAR once the new regime comes into force.

 

ASIC's Corporate Plan reflects its new mandate to contribute to the government's economic goals, including to support Australia's post-pandemic economic recovery. The Corporate Plan sets out initiatives to overhaul ASIC's internal governance framework as well as ASIC's new targeted regulatory enforcement strategy, which is focused on poor product design and governance, failure to implement new standards set by law reform initiatives, and failure to adequately manage cyber risks that harm consumers.

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