AFMA Information Centre on COVID-19
Well-functioning financial markets are critical to good economic performance. One of AFMA’s roles is to provide a forum for industry participants to engage with each other and with government, so that initiatives to foster the fair and effective operation of our financial markets are appropriately coordinated and, thus, the conditions required to support this outcome are more likely to occur.
In this context, the industry response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic should be well-informed and managed by market participants in conjunction with the government bodies and notably the financial regulators. Industry participants have business continuity plans in place to deal with such events and are subject to regulatory oversight. AFMA is supporting this collaborative effort in its capacity as an industry association, with the aim of helping to sustain the ongoing resilience and efficiency of the markets in Australia in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
The following information resources are provided as reference points that may assist member firms as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The updates are provided in descending chronological order.
Last Updated 26/3/2020
AFMA is operating across the normal range of our activities, including policy and education services. Members can contact us if required to address industry issues related to the broad array of policy and industry matters that we attend to. Education enquiries should be directed here.
AFMA’s priority is to safeguard the wellbeing of our member firms’ employees, our staff and other stakeholders that we engage with. This approach has required us to modify the way we conduct our operations; for example, this includes the use of teleconference facilities to conduct committee meetings.
- Global Industry Response
Industry associations seek delay on Phase Initial Margining Implementation.
AFMA joined with ISDA and other industry associations in writing to the BCBS and IOSCO regarding the timing of the final phases of non-cleared derivatives margin implementation because of the COVID-19 situation. The letter says that the efforts of our members to prepare are severely impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the associations request their assistance to provide a suspension of the current phase-in timeline to allow our members to focus their limited resources on ensuring continued access to the vital derivatives market. Australian rules on non-cleared derivatives margin implementation are found in APRA CPS 226
Council of Financial Regulators
Statement by the Council of Financial Regulators – March 2020
APRA announces deferral of capital reform implementation
APRA adapts 2020 agenda to prioritise COVID-19 response
APRA advises regulatory approach to COVID-19 support
APRA requests extension of parallel reporting period under Economic and Financial Statistics
APRA adjusts bank capital expectations
APRA announced temporary changes to its expectations regarding bank capital ratios, to ensure
banks are well positioned to continue to provide credit to the economy in the current
APRA Prudential Practice Guide: CPG 233 - Pandemic Planning
This PPG aims to assist regulated institutions in considering and prudently managing the risks
posed by a potential influenza pandemic, or any other widespread outbreak of contagious disease
that could affect their operations.
ASIC's response to COVID-19 and market volatility
ASIC Guidelines for meeting upcoming AGM and financial reporting requirements
ASIC takes steps to ensure equity market resiliency
ASIC has issued directions under the ASIC Market Integrity Rules to a number of large equity
Reserve Bank Purchases of Government Securities
Term Funding Facility to Support Lending to Australian Businesses
Statement by Philip Lowe, Governor
Keynote Address at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit
Statement on Monetary Policy: February 2020