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17-269MR ASIC calls for expressions of interest for membership of Financial Services and Credit Panel
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is calling for expressions of interest from financial services and consumer credit industry participants who are interested in becoming members of the new ASIC Financial Services and Credit Panel.
We will draw on these members who, with an ASIC staff member, will consider making banning orders against individuals for misconduct in the provision of financial services to retail investors or in consumer credit activities.
We are looking for individuals with relevant experience in the financial services or consumer credit industries who want to contribute to standard setting in their industries. While banning decisions need to be made in accordance with the law, we expect industry participants will bring a range of experiences and perspectives to the banning decision process and will help to ensure ASIC's administrative decisions are based on a thorough understanding of current industry practices and standards.
ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft said, 'I encourage financial services and consumer credit industry participants to express interest in becoming members of the Financial Services and Credit Panel. This is an opportunity for industry to contribute to a peer-review model, and work with ASIC to enhance the reach and impact of its decisions.'
Applications close at 10am (AEST) on 31 August 2017.
ASIC consulted on options for establishing a new Panel to sit alongside our existing administrative processes in Consultation Paper 281 – Financial Services Panel, in April 2017. We proposed the Panel would make a subset of our administrative decisions in relation to financial services and credit activities. CP 281 set out a number of options for the makeup of each decision making Panel.
The majority of respondents to the consultation paper were supportive of the proposal to establish a Panel. ASIC is now proceeding with the proposal. ASIC intends to utilise two industry participants drawn from the Panel and one ASIC staff member to constitute individual decision making panels. Individual panels will consider making some banning orders against persons for misconduct in the provision of financial services to retail investors or in the course of engaging in consumer credit activities.
We will publish a report on our consultation feedback, and updated policy in September 2017.