(1) The provisions to which this section applies are all provisions of this Part other than Divisions 4 and 8.
(2) ASIC may:
(a) exempt a person or class of persons from all or specified provisions to which this section applies; or
(b) exempt a financial product or class of financial products from all or specified provisions to which this section applies; or
(c) declare that provisions to which this section applies apply in relation to a person or financial product, or a class of persons or financial products, as if specified provisions were omitted, modified or varied as specified in the declaration.
(3) An exemption may apply unconditionally or subject to specified conditions. A person to whom a condition specified in an exemption applies must comply with the condition. The Court may order the person to comply with the condition in a specified way. Only ASIC may apply to the Court for the order.
(4) An exemption or declaration is a legislative instrument if the exemption or declaration is expressed to apply in relation to a class of persons or a class of financial products (whether or not it is also expressed to apply in relation to one or more persons or products identified otherwise than by reference to membership of a class).
(4A) If subsection (4) does not apply to an exemption or declaration, the exemption or declaration must be in writing and ASIC must publish notice of it in the Gazette .
(5) If conduct (including an omission) of a person would not have constituted an offence if a particular declaration under paragraph (2)(c) had not been made, that conduct does not constitute an offence unless, before the conduct occurred (in addition to complying with the requirements of the Legislation Act 2003 (if the declaration is of a kind referred to in subsection (4)), or with the gazettal requirement of subsection (4A), as the case may be):
(a) the text of the declaration was made available by ASIC on the internet; or
(b) ASIC gave written notice setting out the text of the declaration to the person.
In a prosecution for an offence to which this subsection applies, the prosecution must prove that paragraph (a) or (b) was complied with before the conduct occurred.
(6) For the purpose of this section, the provisions to which this section applies include:
(a) definitions in this Act, or in the regulations, as they apply to references in those provisions; and
(b) any provisions of Part 10.2 or 10.23A (transitional provisions) that relate to those provisions.
Note: Because of section 761H, a reference to the provisions to which this section applies, or to provisions of Part 10.2, also includes a reference to regulations or other instruments made for the purposes of those provisions.