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AFSL system is 'untrustworthy', says veteran adviser

An FPA board member and long-time adviser has bashed the AFSL system, claiming it is confusing, flawed and encourages a “blame game”.

Julie Matheson told ifa the AFSL system is to blame for product failures within the industry.

“The licensing system permits the bundling up of products and services under third-party licensees so that no one really understands who’s responsible,” she said.

“Consumers don’t know who to turn to, and who is ultimately responsible for flawed and faulty insurance products in the system.

“The licensing system encourages confusion and the blame game, and is an untrustworthy system.”

Ms Matheson’s comments follow Senator John Williams’ calls for a life insurance inquiry.

She said the best system for the industry would include true-to-label products and agents, underpinned by ethics and transparency.


“If a consumer wants insurance products, they should go to an insurance company or see a professional insurance broker or agent,” she said.

“The insurance company would be responsible for their products and the agents who recommend them, not a third-party licensee like the current system.

“The provider of the product should be regulated to stand by their product, and make sure their agents are properly trained to professional standards.”

Ms Matheson ran in this year's federal election as an independent candidate for Western Australia in the Senate, as reported in ifa magazine.

At the time of publication, she had 1,171 first preference votes, the most votes of any WA candidate not grouped under a ticket, according to the Australian Electoral Commission website.


Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is a deputy editor at Momentum Media, focusing mainly on banking, wealth management and financial services. He has also written for Public Accountant, Accountants Daily and The CEO Magazine.

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