Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry: A Proposal for the Industry Levy to Fund Community Financial Counselling and Consumer Legal Services – Joint Submission
Submission to: Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry
Submission to: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Joint consumer submission (led by Financial Rights Legal Centre) contains numerous recommendations to improve the current code. As currently drafted it is impenetrable and needs to be rewritten in simpler and clearer language. We recommend that it be broken up into principles-based consumer provisions and technical industry-facing provisions. There is so much wrong with the Code, that it is difficult to summarise the over 40 recommendations. They cover statute barred debt, family violence, the code oversight body, better timeframes, free credit reports, improving the corrections process and the perverse situation where shopping around for a credit product adversely affects a credit report.
Submission to: Attorney General’s Department Joint submission from Financial Rights and FCA (Financial Rights as the lead author) responding to an October 2021 discussion paper from the Attorney-General’s Department considering the scope of the Privacy Act and if its enforcement mechanisms remain fit for purpose. The submission supports proposed amendments to the definition of personal information. The submission argues that the exemption for small businesses from the Privacy Act should be removed including that the Act apply to the new category of “trusted advisors” for the purposes of the consumer data right. (Financial counsellors are trusted advisors.) The submission also argues for the consent provisions to be strengthened, that pro-privacy default settings be enabled by default and that there should be a right to erasure. Complaints handling should be undertaken by the creation of a new body, a Federal Privacy Ombudsman.