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Australia Classifies Cryptocurrencies Into Four Categories with its Token Mapping Paper

  • Australia has great ambitions to control digital assets, and token mapping is only one of them.

  • There is not a single classification for these assets that are accepted across all jurisdictions.

04-Feb-2023 By: Shikha Jha
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National regulators in Australia have identified four key goods 

in the crypto market.

The Australian Treasury has issued a "Token Mapping" paper, which seeks to categorize cryptocurrencies and other digital assets into four distinct groups. This system is part of the government's ongoing efforts to regulate the rapidly expanding cryptocurrency and digital asset market and to ensure that consumers have the necessary information to make informed decisions.

Under Token Mapping, cryptocurrencies, and digital assets are classified into four distinct categories: 

  • Currencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, are decentralized digital assets that are used as a means of payment and a store of value. They are designed to be secure, transparent, and resistant to censorship and interference, and operate on a blockchain network. 

  • Security Tokens are investment products that are backed by a tangible asset, such as real estate or stocks. They are designed to provide investors with a share in the underlying asset and to generate returns based on the performance of the asset. These tokens are subject to regulatory oversight and are typically issued through an initial coin offering (ICO).

  • Utility Tokens are digital assets that provide access to a specific product or service, such as cloud computing or digital storage. They are often used as a form of payment within the platform or ecosystem and may also be used to incentivize user behavior or reward platform, participants.

  • Hybrids are digital assets that combine features of multiple asset classes, such as cryptocurrencies, security tokens, and utility tokens. These tokens may offer a combination of utility and investment returns and may have different characteristics depending on their specific design and use case.

The classification of these digital assets is not universally accepted and may differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Furthermore, the regulatory treatment of these assets may also vary and could be subject to alteration as the market and regulatory environment evolve.

Token Mapping is just one part of Australia's ambitious plans to regulate digital assets. This clarification from the government seeks to promote greater transparency in the cryptocurrency and digital asset market, creating a more conducive environment for the country to embrace.

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