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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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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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Response to Senate Select Committee on Fintech and RegTech

17 December 2020

The ABA urges the development of an overarching strategy for data and information privacy to underpin the transition to a digital economy and provide a consistent framework for future reforms. Co-ordination will be critical to achieve the intended outcomes. The data economy has the real and exciting potential to generate jobs and opportunities for servicing the needs of all Australians. Technology and digital capability are the mechanisms by which banking will continue to develop.

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Consultation on the Data Availability and Transparency (DAT) Bill 2020

6 November 2020

The ABA supports the broad policy that public sector data should be able to be shared with appropriate safeguards if doing so is in the public interest, under the proposed regime (DAT regime). However, the ABA considers the Bill as drafted would significantly undermine Commonwealth regimes that have enabled effective business regulation in banking and other critical economic sectors. As such, the ABA strongly urges the Government to provide an exclusion for data that is covered by existing confidentiality provisions in regulatory regimes, such as section 56 of the APRA Act 1998, and consider alternative means of achieving this policy objective in relation to this class of data.

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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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ABA Commentary on Proposed Expansions to CDR Rules 2020

29 October 2020

The ABA does not support the proposed segmentation of banking data into high, medium, and low risk. The speed at which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) intends to finalise the draft Rules is concerning, especially given risks which have been raised in the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). The ABA does not believe that it is possible for the ACCC to mitigate the risks raised in the PIA and concurrently resolve the questions and concerns raised in this submission by December 2020. The ABA is particularly concerned with negative impacts the speed of implementation will have on smaller banks. The ABA is also concerned that consumers may be overwhelmed with the level of complexity in the proposed Rules which may make them less likely to participate in the CDR. Trust in the security of the CDR is paramount to its success. The ABA urges the ACCC to reconsider the intention to finalise these rules by December 2020 and seeks a meeting with the ACCC to discuss the concerns raised in this submission

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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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AusPayNet application for revocation of authorisation A91497 and A91498 and substitution of AA1000495

6 May 2020

The ABA supports the AusPayNet application for re-authorisation. The ABA considers the Issuers and Acquirers Community (IAC) framework provides opportunities for coordination, self-regulation and policy setting which delivers important public benefits.

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ARS 115 Standardised measurement approach to operational risk

24 February 2020

The ABA asks APRA to consider the ARS 115 consistency with the accounting standard and consistency with current data consultation outcomes.

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