Standard Documentation

AFMA provides access to a range of industry standard documentation for participants in Australia's financial markets.



Capital Raising Standard Confidentiality Agreement


The desirability of a standard form confidentiality agreement for capital raising in Australia, which is ideally put in place between advisers and the clients in advance of settling other terms of their engagement so that the confidentiality obligations and potentially related issues such as conflicts of interest are in place at or near the start of a transaction, has been recognised by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. To assist the market this Standard Form Capital Raising Confidentiality Agreement was developed by AFMA's Capital Raising Committee to guide the market with a standard set of terms.

Debt Capital Markets Documentation


The "Recommendations for Australian Wholesale Debt Capital Markets Documentation" helps members facilitate and standardise documentation for Australian wholesale debt capital market issues. It now includes an editable Terms Sheet for market participants to use.

Standard Form Arrangement Letter for International (excluding US) Debt Offers


In connection with the due diligence process for many international debt offers, accounting firms are requested to prepare a "comfort letter" addressed to the underwriters and the issuer's board of directors. Since 2003, certain accounting firms have sought comparable arrangement letters in connection with international debt offers by Australian Issuers and, in more recent years, have sought to broaden the scope of such letters. Because the negotiation of arrangement letters can consume undue amounts of time and expense (legal and accounting fees) in some transactions a Standard Form Arrangement Letter for International (excluding US) Debt Offers has been developed through consultation among major investment banks, major law firms and major accounting firms. This form is designed for use in connection with offers of debt securities by Australian issuers outside the United States.

Due Diligence Planning Memorandum


The AFMA Due Diligence Planning Memorandum (DDPM) is an industry standard due diligence process document designed for the offer of ordinary shares in an initial public offering (IPO) under an Australian law Corporations Act compliant prospectus. The document aims to assist issuers and their advisers by setting out a roadmap for the establishment of a due diligence committee and the implementation of a due diligence process for an IPO. However, ultimate responsibility rests with the issuer for the conduct of due diligence, sign-offs/reports and opinions provided by Reporting Persons, compliance with legal and regulatory disclosure requirements and the possible availability of due diligence defences.

Master Equity Capital Market Terms


The Master Equity Capital Market (ECM) Terms provide industry developed standard terms to streamline the confirmation of institutional allocations on capital raisings in Australia.

The Master ECM Terms were developed by the AFMA ECM Legal Committee and first published in 2010 to provide a simple and effective means of confirming institutional allocations on equity capital raisings. Since that time they have become very widely accepted as the industry standard. AFMA is confident that the Master ECM Terms will benefit clients, institutional investors and joint lead managers through streamlining and simplifying the confirmation of allocation process, resulting in time and cost savings.

The Master ECM Terms are prepared for use in institutional financial markets. Users should be aware of the unfair contract terms (UCT) provisions of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) (ASIC Act), the terms of the class no-action letter issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission on 2 February 2024 in respect of sections 12BF(2A) and (2C) of the ASIC Act and sections 912A(1)(c) and 912D(1) of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the No-action letter is available here.) (No-Action Position (UCT)) as amended or updated from time to time, as applicable and the consequences of dealings with a ‘small business’ and others covered by the UCT provisions. The Master ECM Terms have not been drafted for dealings with such persons in mind. Users should seek their own legal advice with regard to use of the Master ECM Terms and the No-Action Position (UCT) in compliance with the law. Further information on the UCT provisions is available here.

The ECM Legal Committee maintains the Terms with a regular six month review process and the Terms are updated as required to take account of developments in the law in association with partner member law firms.

Archived versions of the Master ECM Terms are available for download here.

Information for Issuers on IPO transactions


The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has published Regulatory Guide 264 (Sell Side Research) (RG 264) which provides ASIC's guidance on its expectations as to how Australian Financial Service Licensees, should manage certain potential conflicts of interest situations and handle inside information as it relates to research analysts and sell-side research.


To assist market understanding of these regulatory expectations an information page is provided here which outlines some of an issuer's and its advisers’ key obligations throughout an IPO.


In support a document is also provided which contains important notices that an AFS licensee is required to provide to an issuer of financial products in connection with a potential initial public offering under RG 264. Word versionPDF version

Guide email JLM language on joint activity for the Equity Capital Market and Debt Capital Market


In the context of Australian competition law, it is good practice to acknowledge in writing (commonly through an email) the intention to conduct a joint activity in the preliminary communication about forming a new syndicate for a mandate. Standard language for emails from a JLM and an Issuer is provided as a general guide only to indicate the good practice in Australia using similarly worded emails when JLM come together to facilitate a capital raising by an Issuer in order to indicate their intention to collaborate to the extent necessary to assist their client issue or sell equity or debt (as applicable). 

AFMA Fallback Language Template for Floating Rate Notes (FRN)


The AFMA Fallback Language Template for Floating Rate Notes (FRN) was first published by AFMA on 1 November 2022. The publication of the document was the culmination of considerable work over the last year. Robust fallback language is Reserve Bank of Australia requirement for repo eligible securities. AFMA in producing this document is carrying out its core role is assisting Australian financial market functioning. AFMA issued this Market Notice on 1 November 2022 about the document .



Confidentiality Terms

The Documentation Committee is pleased to endorse the New York-based Global Documentation Steering Committee (GDSC) Confidentiality Terms (2004) to help simplify documentation procedures and facilitate financial markets transactions.

AFMA endorses the use of the Confidentiality Terms in Australia to avoid the time and effort involved in negotiating confidentiality agreements. Market participants can adopt these confidentiality terms to achieve mutual commercial objectives, although it is suggested that Australian users consider modifying the terms so that a relevant Australian law governs them. This could be achieved by the simple amendment of replacing clause (4.4).