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About us

ASX’s vision is to be the world’s most respected financial marketplace.

At the heart of Australia’s financial markets

ASX operates at the heart of the globally attractive, deep and liquid Australian financial markets. It uses technology to develop innovative solutions that make life easier for our customers and create value for our shareholders.

ASX stands for Australian Securities Exchange. It was created by the merger of the Australian Stock Exchange and the Sydney Futures Exchange in July 2006 and is one of the world’s top-10 listed exchange groups measured by market capitalisation.

What we do

ASX is an integrated exchange offering listings, trading, clearing, settlement, technical and information services, technology, data and other post-trade services.

It acts as a market operator, clearing house and payments system facilitator. It oversees compliance with its operating rules, promotes standards of corporate governance among Australia’s listed companies and helps to educate retail investors.

ASX operates markets for a wide range of asset classes including equities, fixed income, commodities and energy. As an integrated exchange, ASX’s activities span primary and secondary market services, including the raising, allocation and hedging of capital flows; trading and price discovery; central counterparty risk transfer; and securities settlement for both the equities and fixed income markets.

ASX’s business is structured around four divisions: Listings, Markets, Technology and Data, and Securities and Payments.

More information about ASX’s Executive Team is available here

Market supervision

ASX Compliance function oversees compliance by listed entities and market participants with ASX listing and operating rules, respectively. Confidence in the operations of ASX is reinforced by the market supervision and regulatory role undertaken by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) across all trading venues and clearing and settlement facilities, as well as through the Reserve Bank of Australia's oversight of financial system stability. ASIC also supervises ASX’s own compliance as a listed public company.

ASX has a proud history as an early and successful adopter of new technology, and continues to embrace innovative solutions to make life easier for customers, help companies grow, create value for shareholders and support the Australian economy. 

Liquid markets of integrity

ASX is home to some of the world’s leading resources, finance and technology companies. As the first major financial market to open each day, ASX is a world leader in raising capital, a top 10 global securities exchange by size, and the largest interest rate derivatives market in Asia.

ASX’s network and data centre is connected to leading financial hubs around the world. Speed, reliability, state-of-the-art technology and the diversity of our user community are fundamental to the success of ASX’s Sydney-based Australian Liquidity Centre (ALC).

The domestic and international customer base of ASX is diverse. It includes more than 2,200 listed companies, issuers (such as corporations and trusts) of a variety of listed securities and financial products, investment and trading banks, fund managers, hedge funds, commodity trading advisers, brokers and proprietary traders, market data vendors, and retail investors.

ASX’s customers service Australian and international corporations, the superannuation sector, funds management industry and millions of retail investors.

In 2012 ASX adopted a Customer Charter that sets out how it balances the interests of its customers, shareholders and the broader financial markets.

We want our customers to succeed, grow and be profitable. The Customer Charter does not mean that we’ll always agree with our customers; we may adopt different positions when it comes to the best way to secure the future of Australia’s financial markets. But it is because differences may arise that we need to engage more, not less.

The ASX Customer Charter makes the following commitments. That ASX:

  • Works with its customers to deliver products and services that meet their needs and that provide them with choice;
  • Supports Australia’s aspiration to be globally competitive and become one of the leading financial centres in the Asia Pacific region;
  • Makes its products and services available on a non-discriminatory basis and on reasonable commercial terms;
  • Manages its businesses and operations on a commercial basis to benefit its customers and provide appropriate returns to ASX shareholders;
  • Recognises its role as a provider of critical financial infrastructure to the Australian financial markets, and makes the necessary investments to ensure it can fulfil this role and provide confidence to market participants, investors and regulators;
  • Runs its operations in compliance with all legal and regulatory obligations; and
  • Has conflict handling arrangements in place that provide assurance and transparency about the way ASX conducts its business.

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