FACT SHEET: Checklist for setting up a Cryptocurrency (Virtual Asset) Exchange in Australia

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Before you set up a cryptocurrency exchange…

☐  Determine the service(s) you will provide as part of your cryptocurrency exchange, and what will be traded.  For example, consider:

  • Will you exchange crypto to fiat, crypto to crypto, or both?
  • What virtual assets will be exchanged?
  • Will you operate as a broker or market maker?
  • Will you provide e-wallets?
  • Will you provide other services (cross-border payments, DeFi, etc)?

☐  Determine the structure of your cryptocurrency exchange.  For example:

  • Will you operate as a broker or market maker?
  • Will it be centralised or decentralised?
  • How will you maintain liquidity?
  • What services will be outsourced (if any)?

☐  Draw up an end-to-end funds flow, and crypto flow, diagram

☐  Determine your target market and, if you are located overseas, what services will be provided in Australia

☐  Set up an Australian entity (if required)

☐ Seek legal advice on which Australian regulatory regimes apply

☐ Prepare and lodge an AFSL application (if required)

☐ Design and implement an AML/CTF Program including an AML/CTF Risk Assessment (if required)

☐  Enrol and register as a Digital Currency Exchange with AUSTRAC (if required)

☐  If you will outsource any functions, ensure appropriate outsourced agreements are drafted and executed

☐ Draft Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Data Breach Policy for your exchange

☐ Draft Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement (if required)

☐ Review promotional material for compliance with Australian consumer laws

Next steps

Read our blog on 5 Frequently asked Questions for setting up a Cryptocurrency exchange in Australia.

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Author: Sarah Archer (Senior Associate)