Federal Government Silent on Debt Vulture Warnings

It has been eighteen months since the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) warned the Federal Government that so-called "debt management" firms are engaging in misleading and predatory conduct. The Consumer Action Law Centre wrote to the Federal Government shortly afterwards, calling for better regulation in the sector, but have yet to receive a response. [...]

By | July 25th, 2017|ASIC, Everyday Consumer, Finance|0 Comments

ASIC Taskforce Signals Shift from Self-Regulation in Finance Industry

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Enforcement Review Taskforce is conducting consultations on a number of proposed reforms to improve the enforcement powers of ASIC. The Taskforce  has just released a series of consultation papers. Recent media reports and Parliamentary inquiries have revealed the impact that poor financial services practices have on people's lives, leading to intense regulatory scrutiny and reduced consumer confidence. One of the key [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|ASIC, Finance|0 Comments

‘Independent’ Means Independent – ASIC Clarifies Financial Adviser Terms

'Independent', 'independently owned', 'non-aligned' - financial advisers use a variety of terms to promise a lack of conflict of interest. But what do these terms mean? And what is required before an adviser can lawfully use them? ASIC has clarified its position on the use of restricted terms relating to the independence of financial advisers after seeking [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|ASIC, Finance|0 Comments

Mortgage broker mayhem

CFA members CHOICE, Consumer Action Law Centre and Financial Rights Legal Centre are calling on the federal government to act on conflicted remuneration in the mortgage market following an ASIC report that found widespread conflicts of interest for brokers and bank staff have led to an aggressive sales culture and poor outcomes for borrowers.[1] Quotes [...]

By | March 18th, 2017|ASIC, Credit|0 Comments

CFA publishes Submission to the Commission’s Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration Draft Report

Consumers’ Federation of Australia has published its submission to the Commission’s Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration Draft Report. The submission calls for additional public funding for consumer advocacy. Furthermore, CFA encourages the Productivity Commission to develop mechanisms which found fund the necessary consumer advocacy and input, aside from a call on the Federal Budget. The [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|ACCC, Articles, ASIC, Featured, Publications, Regulator news|0 Comments

ASIC CAP Applications Open

Consumers' Federation of Australia is seeking a volunteer consumer representative for the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Consumer Advisory Panel. CAP was established in 1999. CAP advises ASIC on current issues faced by retail investors and consumers in the financial services and credit industries. CAP also informs ASIC's surveillance, enforcement, policy and financial education [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|ASIC, Consumer Representative Postitions, News|0 Comments

Consumer groups welcome a stronger ASIC

Consumer groups CHOICE and Consumer Action Law Centre welcome today’s announcement of new funding and powers to protect consumers of financial services. In 2014-15 ASIC’s budget was reduced by $120 million over four years, in addition to an efficiency dividend of $47 million over the same period.[i] “Today’s funding announcement is good news for Australians. [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|ASIC, CHOICE, Finance, Regulator news|0 Comments