One message to Canberra

There are at least 6 member associations in Australia representing a business model or specialist advice.

Marc BinehamAssociation of Financial AdvisersNational President
Peter JohnstonAssociation of Independently Owned Financial ProfessionalsExecutive Director
Angela MartynBoutique Financial Planners Principals GroupPresident
Marisa BroomeFinancial Planning Association of AustraliaChair
Daniel BrammallIndependent Financial Advisers AssociationPresident
Alex VaglivielloUnited Financial Advisers AssociationManaging Director
“Six Associations, One Message to Canberra”

These associations have different reasons to represent their members but there must be one message to Canberra on the financial planning profession and the cost to serve and provide advice to the Australian public.

The Federal Government has made the cost of advice ($3,000 or more) beyond the reach of the average Australian individual or family. After the introduction of FOFA (2012) and FASEA (2019) registered advisers from ASIC’s FAR must take at least 40 steps to provide advice or risk breaking the law.

The added costs come from monitoring, reporting to or be registered with:

  1. ASIC – Financial Advisers Register for licensing conditions
  2. TPB – Tax Practitioners Board for tax advice
  3. Austrac – Anti Money Laundering/Counter Terrorism Financing for client identification
  4. AFCA – Complaints handling and disputes including Compensation of Last Resort
  5. FASEA – Continuous Professional Development monitoring professional development and education standards
  6. CMB – Code Monitoring Body for disciplinary action and deregistering advisers
  7. AIC – Privacy of individuals and their data
  8. ACCC – Consumer Data Right/FOI regime to be introduced

The average full-time male salary is $87,209 pa and $74,563 for females. Approximately 50% of clients are individuals. Can an individual afford the $3,000 cost of advice or 4% of the average (female) salary? We can all see that costs will lead to most of the Australian population never receiving advice in their lifetime and financial stress that causes mental health issues to continue.

It’s imperative that all associations representing financial planners/advisers provide one message to Canberra and reach agreement on what laws are required to give advice in the best interests of the Australian public and in the best interests of the profession.

If elected to the FPA Board in 2020, I will reach out to all associations to start work on the message to Canberra.

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