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Provisional Relevant Provider Term

This consultation process has now been completed

23/07/2018 - 17/08/2018


The Provisional Relevant Provider Term refers to the 12 month period when a new financial adviser is undertaking their Professional Year work and training requirements. The term is an essential component of the standards framework to ensure it is clear to consumers when they are receiving advice from a Provisional Relevant Provider, rather than a Relevant Provider.

FASEA has been requested to specify a word or expression to refer to a Provisional Relevant Provider and is proposing the term “Provisional Financial Adviser” be used to ensure it is obvious that the individual is undertaking the work and training requirements.

Provisional Relevant Providers must be referred to by this term and no other similar term, including Relevant Provider, Financial Adviser or Financial Planner. Other terms that were considered by the Standards Authority include “Candidate Adviser”, “Trainee Adviser” and “Supervised Adviser”.

Consultation Feedback

The Standards Authority welcomes feedback on any aspect of the provisional relevant provider term, submissions for this proposed guidance will close 5:00pm 17 August 2018.

Consultation Interests of FASEA


The Standards Authority is interested in your specific feedback on:

Section 3.1 

  • Is the proposed term of “Provisional Financial Adviser” an appropriate term to define an individual who is undertaking their work and training requirement? If not, why not? 


Section 3.2 

  • Is the proposed term of “Provisional Financial Adviser” appropriate to ensure consumers understand the individual is undertaking their work and training requirement?
  • Are there any implications of this from a consumer perspective?


Section 3.3 

  • Are there any alternative terms that may be considered?



Your feedback on this consultation paper will assist FASEA to finalise the development of a Standard for the provisional relevant provider term 
Submissions must be provided in writing. To ensure your submission is valid, please email it to our dedicated consultations email address (consultation@fasea.gov.au).

Due date for submission: 5pm 17 August 2018