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ASIC to take ‘measured approach’ to FOFA transition

The corporate regulator will be appreciative of the compliance burden now facing financial advisers, putting in place a seven-month transition period following the Senate’s FOFA vote.

Following last night’s vote in the federal parliament’s upper house, ASIC issued a statement clarifying its course of action regarding FOFA compliance.

“ASIC will take a practical and measured approach to administering the law as it now stands following the disallowance of the Corporations Amendment (Streamlining Future of Financial Advice) Regulation 2014,” the statement said.

“We will take into account that – as a result of the change to the law that applies to the provision of financial advice – many Australian financial services (AFS) licensees will now need to make systems changes. ASIC recognises this issue may arise in particular areas, including fee disclosure statements and remuneration arrangements.

“We will work with Australian financial services licensees, taking a facilitative approach until 1 July 2015.”