ASIC’s regulatory sandbox consultation has drawn a mixed response from around 30 businesses, industry and consumer groups which have made submissions. To refresh your memory about ASIC’s proposals check out our previous blog.
Tyro Payments was very supportive of the concept of a sandbox but had a few concerns about the proposed structure. Tyro’s main concern was the role of sponsors controlling start-ups’ access to the sandbox. It noted that Australia’s associations, hubs and accelerators were dependent on funding from industry incumbents and that exposing the sandbox to their influence is like “putting the fox in charge of the hen house”. Tyro was in favour of a UK style sandbox where applicants’ transitions into licensing are considered on a case by case basis by the regulator.