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    A responsible manager’s job is to ensure compliance and therefore they are not required to be there full time, so does this mean I can work for several different ACL holders?

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    Technically, yes.  You can be a responsible manager of more than one credit licensee.  However, approach with caution.
    You must be aware of your role as a responsible manager
    It is through its responsible managers that a licensees maintain competency.  The competency requirements are summarised in ASIC’s RG206. In addition, ASIC considers that responsible managers should be:
    1) responsible for the quality of the credit activities the licensee provides;
    2) responsible for managing the credit activities;
    3) make management decisions in relation to credit activities; and
    4) ultimately responsible for day to day decisions in relation to the provision of the credit activities of the licensee.
    So, responsible managers maintain competency.  Their primary role is not to “ensure compliance”.
    You must appropriately manage issues that may impact your ability to appropriately fulfill this role
    Here’s a couple of issues to consider:
    Availability 
    As a responsible manager, you will in theory be participating in significant day-to-day decisions about the credit activities engaged in by the licensee.  This means that you must have enough time available to do so.  As you state, this does not necessarily mean that you must devote ‘full time’ to each licensee.  The extent of the commitment depends on:
    a. the credit activities engaged in by the licensee;
    b. the number of representatives who will engage in credit activities;
    c. the size, diversity and structure of the licensee; and
    d. whether the licensee’s main business is credit activities.
    Conflicts of Interest/Confidentiality
    You need to consider whether you will be conflicted in your roles as a responsible managers for more than one licensee. There are a couple of issues here:
    a. Confidentiality.  You are likely to be privy to information regarding each credit licensee’s operations.
    b. Conflicts. There is a higher risk of a conflict between your duty as a responsible manager to make management decisions in relation to each licensee’s credit activities.
    ACL conditions
    A final point to consider how each licensee’s credit licence conditions impact responsible managers.  First, check if you are (or will likely be) a key person condition of each licence.  You are likely to be a key person if you are the sole responsible manager for that licensee.  Second, remember that it is a condition of every ACL that the responsible manager undertake a minimum of 20 hours CPD per year.  The licensee can determine how your CPD hours are to be attained.
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