Posts tagged Reform
Anticipating ASIC: Get your house in order

In his recent speech “The trust deficit and superannuation, ASIC Chair James Shipton suggested three issues that Licensees need to address to restore trust and confidence in the financial services industry.

This post explores those suggestions in context, and outlines some practical steps Licensees should take in anticipation of future ASIC activity.

Take the time now to get your house in order.

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AFCA: Old wine in a new bottle?

The central plank of the Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First – Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Bill 2017 (‘the AFCA Bill’) is the establishment of a single not-for-profit external dispute resolution (EDR) body with a broad jurisdiction. This new super-EDR will hear complaints against financial institutions including Australian Financial Services Licensees, credit providers and credit representatives, superannuation funds (other than self-managed superannuation funds), approved deposit funds, life insurers and general insurers. The ABA thinks it's a great idea but I have some reservations. 

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Hanging out with Nudists: Data, Tech and the Privacy Act

In Australia, 12 March 2014 marked the commencement of a more robust privacy regime for businesses and organisations as changes to Privacy Act 1988 commenced. From this date 10 National Privacy Principles and 11 Information Privacy Principles were harmonised into 13 Australian Privacy Principles. Heralded as “the most significant privacy reform in 25 years” the practical impact of these changes varied significantly across the financial services industry. This article outlines the context of these changes and practical steps for compliance with the new APP.

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