Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
subscribe to our newsletter
subscribe to our newsletter

Opposition keen to address advice gap, repair industry

Stephen Jones MP
Sarah Kendell
21 February 2020 — 1 minute read

The federal opposition has indicated that it is willing to engage with the advice industry to address the growing advice gap that will occur as more advisers exit the industry on the back of the FASEA reforms.

Addressing the SMSF Association National Conference 2020 in the Gold Coast on Thursday, shadow minister for financial services Stephen Jones said the forms had been a “roller-coaster ride” for the industry and poorly implemented, leaving Australians with less access to advice when they needed it most.

“More than 4,000 advisers have left the sector since the end of 2018, when FASEA’s standards were finally published – mere days before they were due to come into effect,” Mr Jones said.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“More will leave in the years to come. The net consequence of this is that at the very time when access to professional, quality advice is most needed, it is becoming harder to get.”

Mr Jones said Labor wanted to engage with the industry and regulators on how it could address the worsening advice gap.

“We want to see all Australians able to access high-quality financial advice – about their retirements, about their investment needs, about their insurance,” he said.

“Impartial and affordable retirement income advice should be available to all Australians – including low and middle-income earners with modest retirement savings.”

However, Mr Jones confirmed it was Labor’s view that there was no place for any form of commissions in the industry, saying advice had to be “decoupled from the sales process”.

He also said the advice sector had a role to play in tandem with the government on educating Australians around financial literacy.

“I am keen to hear your views as to how we can build a better future for your industry. And I am keen to work with you over the next few years to shape that future,” Mr Jones said.

Opposition keen to address advice gap, repair industry
stephen jones mp smsf
smsfadviser logo
join the discussion

Why we’ll keep delivering for our communities in the face of COVID-19

alex

As Australia tries to keep pace with a rapidly changing business and social landscape in the wake of COVID-19, Momentum Media is leading the way delivering essential content to our communities, writes Alex Whitlock, director of SMSF Adviser.

Read more

Latest poll

Have your clients shown any concerns to you about the coronavirus?

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.