On 12 December 2010, the Australian Government announced that it wished to facilitate the trading of Commonwealth Government Securities (CGS) on financial markets accessible to retail investors.
In connection with this the AOFM has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the delivery of services for the trading of Treasury Bonds and Treasury Indexed Bonds on financial markets in Australia that can be readily and cost-effectively accessed by retail investors.
Proposals will only be considered from financial market operators that are current holders of a licence to operate a financial market in Australia, approved in accordance with Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act 2011 (Cth).
Consistent with the aim of promoting competition in the provision of financial services more than one proposal may be accepted (that is, CGS could be traded on more than one financial market accessible to retail investors). Contractual arrangements for the provision of this service will therefore be on a non-exclusive basis.
The RFP remains current unless replaced by an amended RFP or is withdrawn.