4 March 2022
The ABA provides feedback to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on the Financial Services Legislation, Interim Report A. In addition to specific feedback provided in this submission on the questions and proposals put forward by the ALRC in Interim Report A, the ABA welcomes further consultation and engagement on the following four issues as the ALRC inquiry continues.
The first being the potential to create a single Act to regulate financial services in Australia and significantly reduce the complexity that exists within the current regulatory framework. The second concerns the alignment of definitions with those in other legislative instruments to create confidence and certainty for all stakeholders including consumers. The third issue highlights the need for further consultation regarding the potential impact of ‘outcomes-based’ disclosure increasing the complexity of information provided to consumers. Lastly, the ABA highlights that implications for emerging markets and products be considered so that laws are drafted in a technology-neutral manner and, are drafted sufficiently broadly so that their application is not limited to existing products and services.Download PDF
The ABA supports in principle the inclusion of compliance powers in the Electronic Conveyancing National Law (ECNL). However, the ABA considers it critical that the Australian Registrars National Electronic Conveyancing Council (ARNECC) is constituted with the appropriate understanding of the technical and operational details of interoperability, including financial settlement, to enforce its proposed new powers… Read more »
The ABA acknowledges the intent of the RIC in supporting agribusinesses during periods of difficulty, such as natural disaster and drought. While the ABA acknowledges these additional loan categories may be valuable to eligible farmers, we note the RIC was first set up for the purpose of supporting drought affected farmers who may not have… Read more »
The ABA continues to support establishment of the Housing Australia Future Fund as a mechanism to provide a sustainable funding source to support and increase the development of social and affordable housing during a critical period of lower than required housing supply. The ABA acknowledges that other industry factors such as planning, and the cost… Read more »