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Dear Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre,

Attention: Ashley Smith

I wish to make an additional Freedom of Information Act request into documents held by AUSTRAC relevant to this company so as to obtain documents dated after the date range of the original FOI request. The scope of the original request was as follows:

- written notices to this company regarding the potential of money laundering/terrorist financing or compliance with AML/CTF law
- infringement notices for breaches of the AML/CTF Act
- ML/TF financing risk assessments provided to AUSTRAC
- audit reports provided to AUSTRAC
- enforcement actions taken against this company
- registration actions taken against this company

I am making this request so as to receive documents dated up to the date of this submission.

The company announced that it was making changes to its policies on highly leveraged financial products including futures, options, etc. It made this announcement on 21 September and said this was to better comply with regulatory requirements. As such, I would like to extend the scope of the request to include:

- any correspondence regarding the products this company offers
- any correspondence regarding the legality of this company's operations

Thank you for the work you have done to date.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Lee

INFO_ACCESS, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

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OFFICIAL
Good morning,

Thank you for submitting a request for access to information you believe to be held by AUSTRAC. In accordance with section 15(5)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), I formally acknowledge receipt of your freedom of information request for access to the documents identified within the below email.

Under section 15(5)(b) of the FOI Act the statutory time frame for processing a request is 30 days, within which a decision on access to the requested documents is to be notified. We received your request on 18 October 2021 and the 30 day statutory period for processing your request commenced from the day after that date.

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Regards

Ashley Smith | Manager, Privacy and Information Access Team
Privacy and Information Access Team

Legal and Enforcement Branch
E: [email address]
@AUSTRAC  W: www.austrac.gov.au

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INFO_ACCESS, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre

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OFFICIAL

 

Dear Mr Lee

 

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI
Act) received on 18 October 2021.

 

As the documents identified to be within scope of your request contain
information concerning InvestbyBit Pty Ltd / Binance Australia (Binance
Australia) that AUSTRAC considers Binance Australia may object the release
of, pursuant to section 27 of the FOI Act Binance Australia is being
provided with an opportunity to make a submission in relation to whether
any of the documents should be exempt from disclosure, before AUSTRAC
makes its decision on whether or not to release the documents to you. 

 

Please note that as a consequence of the consultation currently being
undertaken with Binance Australia, the processing of your FOI request has
been extended by 30 days under subsection 15(6) of the FOI Act. 
Therefore, a decision on your request will now be made and notified to you
by 17 December 2021.

 

Should you have any questions in relation to this email please do not
hesitate to contact us at [1][email address]

 

Regards,

 

 

     
Ashley Smith | Manager, Privacy and
Information Access Team

Privacy and Information Access Team

Legal and Enforcement Branch [5]cid:image004.png@01D74CC3.C6D41340

E: [2][email address]

[3]cid:image002.png@01D27019.ABF020E0@AUSTRAC 
W: [4]www.austrac.gov.au

 

 

OFFICIAL

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