As a part of the formal instruction that is either made in Australia or a foreign country, the International Funds Transfer Instruction Report directs institutions to provide details of all monetary transactions. The details can also include property details, which should be made available in Australia or another country as specified. The IFTI reporting is followed by a preliminary report made to Australia’s financial intelligence unit, the AUSTRAC, and the report is to be submitted within at least ten business days.
IFTI reports constitute two main classifications in Australia:
- The IFTI-DRAs are reports that indicate the transfer of property or monetary transactions, and all institutions that aren’t licensed financial institutions give such reports. Common examples of such institutions would be casinos and other similar service providers.
- The IFTI-Es are the reports made by all the rest of the financial institutions, and these reports also include monetary transactions.
Both of these reports follow the AML/CTF Act, which oversees all the financial bodies that take care of basic financial services like providing credit or handling monetary services. The IFTI reporting helps AUSTRAC keep an eye out on various financial crimes riddling the country and all the other criminal activities that threaten Australia’s financial sector.
Companies that register or apply online for the IFTI must meet the following criteria if they want to be eligible for application. Even a minor deviation can lead to these applications getting cancelled or revoked:
- Companies must ensure that their businesses run smoothly and not be involved in any activity promoting terrorism financing or money laundering.
- Companies must take all the steps necessary to show that they are actively sweeping for malicious activities within their businesses.
- Applicants must ensure that the governing units are satisfied with how they run their businesses.
- Applicants must fill in the details as completely and accurately as possible and must not falsify any information. Applicants must have the necessary documents to prove the authenticity of the information they have given in.
- Applicants must follow through if the AUSTRAC wants to establish further contact. If there is no response from the applicant, that is taken as a sign that they are unwilling to follow through with their application, and it will be cancelled.
Non-compliance With IFTI Reports and the AUSTRAC Regulations
Foreign bodies and institutions that don’t follow the regulations and procedures set forward by the AUSTRAC will face hefty fines and other restrictions by the government.
- Civil penalty orders will be issued to companies that don’t comply, and the order will be handed down by federal courts in the country. Depending upon the severity of the issue, the federal court may direct the institution to relay payment as a fine to the responsible authorities.
- Infringement notices will be issued by the government if they find that specific protocols of the IFTI have been violated.
- External auditors may be appointed by the government if AUSTRAC has enough data to suspect malicious activities in monetary transactions or other areas of the business. The auditor will assess the situation and send information to the AUSTRAC if the suspicions are confirmed or if there is any breach in transactions.
- The AUSTRAC has the authority to carry out a full risk assessment if they are confident that the institution or processes that require a more careful analysis within the institution are not up to the standards set forward by the AUSTRAC. The intelligence unit can also carry out a reassessment if they are unsatisfied with the method in which the first one was handled.