25 February 2022
Increasing the macroprudential policy options available to APRA and transparency regarding when and how they may be used, should assist with enhancing the financial stability and resilience of the Australian economy. The ABA is supportive of these measures which offer a useful complement to the resilience provided by Australia’s well capitalised and well managed banks.
In developing and implementing market interventions, such as macroprudential policies, it is vitally important that unintended consequences, regulatory burden and competition distortions are minimised. As such, and considering the system wide consequences of macroprudential interventions, the ABA strongly recommends APRA incorporates and imbeds processes to ensure early and close engagement with the banking industry before any macroprudential policies are implemented.
Additional recommendations and points for clarification are included in the ABA’s submission to APRA.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 »