ASIC has been called at various stages “a toothless tiger” and “a pawn of the financial services industry”. And the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (Interim Report) doesn’t seem to disagree. Which brings up the question – does this mean that the future for ASIC, and the similarly unproductive APRA, is bright? Or does it mean that Commissioner Hayne is likely to recommend that there be at least some sort of reform of the regulators in the final report?
On 15 February 2018, a new risk International Risk Management Standard ISO 31000:2018 was released. ISO 31000:2018 is shorter, clearer and more concise than its predecessor, but is still considered best practice for implementing risk management systems. A new Australia/New Zealand Standard (which adopts ISO 31000:2018 in full) was adopted by Standards Australia on 30 October 2018.
Generating financial value is the key for any successful business, but generating sustainable value is still largely aspirational despite global movements to include more than the balance sheet when valuing a business or investments.
Passing laws cannot instill good corporate culture and governance in an organisation, according to Commissioner Hayne. Culture and governance are “affected by rules, systems and practices, but in the end they depend upon people applying the right standards and doing their jobs properly.
The Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (Royal Commission) focused its first public round of hearings on consumer lending. The Royal Commission did this for two reasons. Firstly, because consumer lending affects both consumers and financial service entities equally and secondly, because the kinds of dealings which were being raised in connection with the public hearings all indicated conduct falling below community standards and expectations.