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Capital treatment of mortgages under the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

11 November 2019

The ABA welcomes further clarity on the capital treatment for guarantees under the Scheme. A clear understanding of the capital treatment is critical for an ADI’s mortgage product development and consequential approval under the scheme.

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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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Treasury consultation on Open Banking Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA)

28 October 2019

The ABA views any changes to the Consumer Data Right (CDR) regime as likely to have a significant impact on the privacy of individuals, thereby warranting reconsideration of the risks and recommendations made by the PIA. This review process is crucial to ensuring that the CDR regime will meet its stated goal of being ‘consumer... Read more »

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Removal of the exemption for funeral expenses policies

18 October 2019

The ABA fully supports the removal of the exemption for funeral expenses policies from the defintion of financial products.

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Corporations Amendment (Design and Distribution Obligations) Regulations 2019

11 October 2019

The ABA welcomes the exclusion from the requirement to provide a Target Market Determination (TMD) of credit provided wholly or predominantly for business purposes. In implementing this legislation, it is important that the principle of scalability be flexibly applied and that clear guidance be given on this by ASIC. We welcome the clarification around the... Read more »

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ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce

11 October 2019

The ABA supports stronger powers for ASIC and a strengthening of the regulatory framework for financial services and corporations laws generally as recommended by the ASICERT.

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Review of the pricing framework for electronic conveyancing services in NSW

1 October 2019

The most important issue for the ABA is that Australia adopts a nationally consistent approach to eConveyancing as it will drive competition, choice and price efficiency.

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APRA’s revisions to the capital framework for ADIs

23 September 2019

An earlier implementation date for the revised operational risk capital requirements will be difficult and should be optional.

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Franchising Task Force Issues Paper – Response

20 September 2019

The ABA is committed to supporting an effective and fair regulatory framework in the franchising sector. The ABA supports the need to have input from franchisees on franchising policy and is open to assisting the Taskforce to understand the benefits of existing governance mechanisms such as Franchise Advisory Councils

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Treasury Consultation on the Digital Platforms Inquiry 2019

19 September 2019

The ABA acknowledges the breadth of the report and supports initiatives to improve privacy protections for banking customers. The ABA makes several points in this submission which warrant further review of recommendations 16-17 with respect to privacy, and also recommendations 20-21 with respect to unfair contract terms and unfair practices, and data portability.

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