Australian Securities & Investments Commission operates as an independent commonwealth government body that enforces company and financial services laws to protect consumers, investors and creditors. Its strategic priorities include promoting investor and financial consumer trust and confidence; ensuring fair, orderly and transparent markets and; providing efficient and accessible registration. The firm regulates Australian companies, financial markets, financial services organizations and professionals who deal and advise in investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit. It licenses and regulates people and businesses engaging in consumer credit activities. The company assesses how effectively authorized financial markets are complying with their legal obligations to operate fair, orderly and transparent markets. It also licenses and monitors financial services businesses to ensure that they operate efficiently, honestly and fairly in superannuation, managed funds, shares and company securities, derivatives and insurance businesses. The firm operates through its offices located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Australian Securities & Investments Commission was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.