16 September 2016
Sydney, 15 September 2016: The Australian Bankers’ Association has welcomed the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s guidance on customer remediation programs released today.
“We are pleased that ASIC has confirmed in its guidance that remediation programs can apply to all financial advice and products,” ABA Executive Director – Retail Policy Diane Tate said.
“It is important that customers who are impacted by inappropriate advice are treated in a consistent way, irrespective of the type of advice received or the financial product.
“For example, remediation programs can apply in relation to basic banking products, not just with financial advisers giving advice on complex products,” Ms Tate said.
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“The Australian Banking Association (ABA) welcomes the agreement reached today on the proposed safeguard mechanism reforms, given it paves the way for the passing of a critical piece of legislation for Australia.
“This is about engaging with the entire banking ecosystem in order to ensure the accessibility of the sector’s services are best serving our diverse community now, and into the future.”
“What is underpinning this bank failure is a number of things, but not least of all, it’s a very niche bank with high exposure to one part of the economy. And that’s the part of the economy that’s been quite volatile and troubled”