As part of its ongoing work considering regulation of dark pools, the Government has asked Treasury to conduct a review of Australia's financial market licensing regime. The review will examine the licensing of dark pools, and whether the market licensing regime is generally fit for purpose.
This paper considers the adequacy of current licensing arrangements, and raises possible options for reform. It also considers the regulation of non-market participant high frequency traders.
Treasury invites comments on any of the issues considered in this paper. Some specific questions are highlighted.
In addition to seeking submissions, Treasury and ASIC will be conducting stakeholder consultation meetings on this issue. Should you wish to arrange a meeting in relation to the consultation contact Treasury by 21 December 2012.