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How and when are market announcements published?

ASX makes announcements available on www.asx.com.au and from 1 November 2002 the announcements are available in PDF format. Prior to this time the edited text versions are available. Announcements prior to 1996 are available from State libraries or you may purchase a full copy of an announcement

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ASX makes announcements available on www.asx.com.au in a two step process:

  1. Announcement headline 
  2. Full announcement PDF

Announcement headline

When an announcement is released to the market by ASX's Market Announcements Office, the headline of the announcement is also posted on ASX's website.

Normal business hours for the ASX Market Announcements Office are 8:30am to 7:30pm (8:30pm during daylight saving) Sydney time, Monday to Friday on ASX Trading Days.

Full announcement PDF

The full announcement in PDF format is usually available on the website as soon as the headline of the announcement is posted. There may be a delay in availability of the announcement PDF if the PDF file size is particularly large. Please refer to PDF tips for advice on how to minimise delays in downloading large PDF documents. Announcements in PDF format are available on the site from 1 November 2002.

Viewing a PDF document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you would like more information on Adobe Acrobat Reader, please refer to PDF tips.

Edited text of announcement

Prior to July 2003 announcements were made available as an edited text summary. Lengthy announcements have been published in several parts, with each part being labelled with a letter (as in Part A, B, C) and published individually.

State libraries

Announcements prior to 1996 are available on microfiche at any mainland State Library. Most State Libraries provide free access to announcements, but a small charge may be made if a printed copy is required.

Purchasing a full copy of an announcement

Copies of market announcements dating back to August 1995 are also available by calling ASX Customer Service on 131 279 (from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call). Charges apply for this service and comprise of a $5.50 file access fee and $0.50 per page (price inclusive of GST). Delivery is by mail or fax.

PDF tips

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the announcements. To view PDF files on any site, you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. This can be downloaded for free at the Adobe website.

Many of the PDF announcements are quite large. Some annual reports can be more than 100 pages and several megabytes in size. Files of this size may take some time to download. To minimise this issue, make sure that you are using Adobe Reader version 4 or above.

If you would like to save a copy of the PDF to your computer to allow you to view it whilst not connected to the internet, use the 'diskette icon' which will appear immediately above the PDF once it has loaded. Once you click this icon, a 'save file' dialogue box will appear, prompting for a filename/location to save the PDF. Once you have chosen the location, click the Save button and your download will begin. Depending on the size of the announcement and your connection to the internet, the download can take anywhere between a few seconds to a number of minutes.

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