The Australian Attorney General’s Department (AG) has released its statutory review of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML Act). Recommendations have been made to better incorporate digital wallets and digital currencies in the AML Act.
The AG has recommended that:
- the AML Act be amended to ensure that digital wallets are comprehensively captured. Some digital wallets are already caught by the AML Act where they are considered to be ‘accounts’ provided by traditional financial product providers such as banks and credit unions. However, a potential regulatory gap was identified for new types of digital wallets inspired by technological advances. For example, digital wallets which store digital currency are not regulated under the AML Act;