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Reforms are being introduced to improve the efficiency and level of competition in consumer lending, with a goal of driving better pricing, enhanced access to finance and new products and services.
This discussion paper forms the basis of the Government’s consultation on Crowd-sourced equity funding (CSEF). It seeks feedback on aspects of potential CSEF models, including a model recommended by the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee in a report on CSEF released in June 2014, as...
This consulation paper outlines proposed reforms that seek to enhance ASIC’s banning power by ensuring that it may take appropriate action to ban senior managers from managing financial services businesses.
This report reviews both the minimum withdrawal amounts for account-based pensions and the regulatory barriers currently restricting ‘the availability of relevant and appropriate income stream products in the Australian market’.
On 1 December 2015, the most significant changes to Australia’s foreign investment framework in over forty years were introduced. The reforms provided for stronger enforcement of the rules, a better resourced system and clearer rules for foreign investors.
In the year since the reforms...
The Final Budget Outcome (FBO) encompasses Australian Government general government sector fiscal outcomes for the financial year and is based on external reporting standards. The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 requires that a Final Budget Outcome be released no later than three months after...
In the 2016‑17 Budget, the Government announced a package of reforms designed to improve the sustainability, flexibility and integrity of the superannuation system. It set out a clear objective for superannuation: ‘to provide income in retirement to substitute or supplement the Age Pension’, which guided...
The Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 outlines arrangements under which the Secretaries of the Treasury and the Department of Finance (Finance) may be requested to cost election commitments during the caretaker period for a general election.
In accordance with the Act, the Government,...
Financial technology, or FinTech, is transforming our financial system and potentially our entire economy and it’s not just about digitising transactions. Just as the internet has empowered people around the globe through access to information, financial technology is reducing information asymmetry in the marketplace and...