Australian Credit & Financial Services Licensees

Australian Credit Licence (ACL) holdersAustralian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) holders and authorised credit representatives are required to be a member of an ASIC-approved external dispute resolution (EDR) scheme such as CIO. Find out more information about financial services licensing.

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Limited Australian Financial Services Licensees

Accountants providing advice on self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) to retail clients will be required to hold a limited Australian financial services (AFS) licence and join an external dispute resolution (EDR) scheme such as CIO from 1 July 2016.

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The Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO) offers an impartial dispute resolution scheme to assist consumers to resolve complaints with participating financial services providers.

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CIO has over 22,000 participants operating in a variety of financial services sectors. Use the search engine to find any of CIO's participating financial services providers.

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Information for accountants


If you are an accountant providing SMSF advice, you will need a limited AFS licence and join an EDR scheme like CIO. Become a member before 1 July 2017 and take advantage of our free membership offer.

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