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FPA collaborating with ASIC on paperless SOA

FPA collaborating with ASIC on paperless SOA

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By Neil Griffiths ·
August 05 2021

FPA collaborating with ASIC on paperless SOA

The industry body has said it's working with ASIC to create a paperless SOA, after a Liberal MP slammed the current regulatory requirements on advisers as 'absurd' and obscene'. 

FPA collaborating with ASIC on paperless SOA
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Appearing at the House of Representatives standing committee last week, FPA’s head of policy, strategy and innovation, Ben Marshan, discussed ASIC’s current SOA guidance.

“We have numerous complaints and disciplinary systems and processes that financial planners need to comply with,” Mr Marshan said.

“The only way that a financial planner and their licensee can be comfortable that they’ve got a defensible position if there is a consumer complaint against them is to document something that is around 100 pages long to ensure that every warning, every consideration, every recommendation is documented in such a way that if somebody picks up that document, they can find a defence for whatever the complaint is.”

Liberal MP Jason Falinski – who earlier in the committee called for the Hayne royal commission recommendations to be scrapped – slammed the current set-up.

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“Are you telling me that of 100 pages that you have to hand out to clients, 92 of them are just to satisfy lawyers?” Mr Falinski said.

“Does that not strike you as not only absurd but obscene?”

Mr Marshan said that the current system has inspired them to commence work on a digital SoA.

“We’re working with ASIC to try and create a digital SOA that would effectively have no paper involved at all which would much better address the cost, the time to produce the SOA and what the client actually receives and delivers,” he said.

A due date on the digital SOA is yet to be announced.

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