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Modernising Business Communications

3 March 2021

The ABA welcomes the Government’s establishment of the Deregulation Taskforce (Taskforce). The proposed reforms to modernise business communications have the potential to reduce business costs and reflect the way Australian consumers and businesses prefer to manage their financial affairs today. The ABA particularly welcomes the Taskforce’s whole-of-economy approach by working to improve technology neutrality across Commonwealth laws, and importantly - partnering with states and territories to explore opportunities to achieve national consistency.

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Submission to the Payments System Review

29 January 2021

The ABA strongly supports continuing the self-regulatory arrangements within our regulatory architecture. The payments regulatory architecture should support innovation, as well as ensure the stability, and security of an expanded payments ecosystem. Innovation in payments should be considered through the lens of consumer and business end-users. These users rightly expect that when they make a payment, whether this is done through traditional channels or via a new app, their payments will be made in a timely, safe and secure way and their data will be secure.

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Corporations Amendment (Virtual Meetings and Electronic Communications) Bill 2020

30 October 2020

We strongly welcome the Government’s proposal to make the electronic execution of company documents and virtual meetings reforms permanent for the benefit and convenience of customers and to improve efficiencies in the processing of critical documents. The ABA considers: • Deeds should be able to be created and signed electronically by companies and individuals. • Electronic signatures rather than wet signatures should be able to be used for a broader range of legal and business documents. • Remote witnessing should be legally valid.

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Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Systems of National Significance

16 October 2020

The ABA strongly supports the Government’s desire to build on rather than duplicate existing regulation. A harmonised approach is critical to the implementation of these reforms in the banking industry. A single regulator having a clear mandate and a transparent system in place for regulatory co-ordination for banks - a model that may be relevant for other parts of the banking and financial services sector and other sectors.

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Model Participation Rules – ARNECC Consultation Draft Version 6

2 March 2020

The proposed amendments to the MPR are significant and the ABA is strongly opposed to Draft Version 6 of the MPR in their current form. The ABA is not aware of any instance of identity fraud in the electronic e-conveyancing system that would warrant such significant and costly changes.

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