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National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Investment Mandate Amendment (First Home Loan Deposit Scheme) Direction 2019

4 November 2019

The ABA welcomes any assistance to help first homebuyers to own their own home and supports the Government’s commitment to deliver the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme. Further, the ABA welcomes APRA’s letter to industry clarifying the capital treatment of the guarantee.

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Digital Identity Legislation: consultation paper
18 December 2020

Banks are actively exploring digital identity initiatives and see the benefit of collaboration between government and industry.

The interests of the Australian economy will be better served if there is flexibility to innovate and respond to the needs of consumers and businesses, instead of establishing a single government digital identity scheme.

Government can also achieve genuine collaboration with industry without legislation.

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Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) Review
4 December 2020

The ABA supports a review of the Privacy Act and the stated goals to ensure privacy settings empower consumers, protect consumer data, and best serve the Australian economy.

Achieving the balance between Personal Information (PI) protection, innovation and economic growth will require considerable time and effort from the AGD to get these reforms right.
The ABA urges the government to first design an overarching blueprint and roadmap for data and information privacy.
The ABA highlights at multiple points that the OAIC could provide further and specific guidance rather than embedding the detail in the Privacy Act.

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Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020
27 November 2020

The ABA proposes a small number of changes that would make these policy outcomes clear on the face of legislation and provide flexibility for the regime to address issues specific to one or more critical sectors.

The ABA also reiterates that a harmonised approach, where a single regulator has a clear mandate and a transparent system in place for regulatory coordination, will ensure critical assets in the banking sector are secure and resilient.

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