Submission to: Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman
FCA’s submission is limited to the consideration of proposed changes to the TIO’s jurisdiction, specifically the inclusion of a new small business definition.
Financial counsellors are increasingly assisting small business clients. We support the inclusion of an explicit definition of small business into the terms of reference, based on the number of employees. This is simple to understand and explain. We recommend that the definition be that a small business employs less than 100 employees. This is the definition used by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and also reflects the ASIC exemption applying to financial counselling agencies under the Corporations Act.