Note: Under the CRS legislation, the existing individual accounts were already in place, which were high-quality accounts as of 30 June 2017 and were already accounts of existing companies with balances exceeding $250,000 as of 30 June 2017 as of 31 July 2018 and, if they have been identified as reportable accounts, notified for the period from 1 July to 31 December 2017, even if they were not identified as such until after 31 December 2017. This is an exception to the general rule that an account only becomes a reporting account if it is identified as such. Existing individual accounts, which are accounts of lesser value, become reportable accounts only in the year marked as such, it being understood that reporting is necessary the following year. This information is intended to help you understand your obligations related to Australia`s participation in the Automatic Exchange of Information (AIA) rules regarding the automatic exchange of financial account information with foreign jurisdictions. As of October 2014[Update], 51 countries had signed the Multilateral Agreement on Administrative Authorities (MCAA) to automatically exchange information on the basis of Article 6 of the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters.  On 29 October 2014, 51 countries, 39 of which were represented at ministerial level, signed a multilateral competent authority agreement on the automatic exchange of information on the basis of Article 6 of the Multilateral Convention. Subsequent signatures of the agreement, including a signing ceremony on the sidelines of the OECD Ministerial Meeting (June 2015), bring the total number of countries to 61. This Agreement defines the modalities for the exchange of information and when, in accordance with the standard. The technical assistance programme aims to help legal systems implement transparency standards, develop capacities and a culture of information exchange and ultimately generate revenue. There are a number of activities that include: on April 19, 2013, G20 finance ministers approved automatic exchange as an expected new standard. .