ASIC Scrutiny


The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics will scrutinise the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as part of its review of the performance of Australia’s corporate, market and financial system regulator.

Committee Chair, Ms Sarah Henderson MP, said ‘given there are legitimate community concerns about misconduct in the financial sector, the hearing provides a timely opportunity for the Committee to scrutinise ASIC on its performance and operation.’

Ms Henderson commented ‘the Government has recently announced a range of measures to strengthen ASIC, including increased criminal and civil penalties for corporate misconduct, and new powers to strip wrongdoers of profits.’

‘The Government is also taking action to protect consumers, by placing new design and distribution obligations on financial service providers to ensure their products are appropriately marketed and sold’, Ms Henderson said.

ASIC is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to administer the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (ASIC Act), the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) and a range of additional legislation.

ASIC’s aims include promoting investor and financial consumer trust and confidence, ensuring fair, orderly and transparent markets, and providing efficient and accessible registration for businesses and companies.

Ms Henderson said ‘as this will be the first time the new Chairman of ASIC, Mr James Shipton, has appeared before the Committee, it will be a chance to question the Chair on his priorities.’

Parliament House turned 30 this year and there are plenty of things to see and do during your visit to Parliament House. You’re welcome to explore all of the public areas at your leisure, including the most significant features of the building such as the roof, the Marble Foyer and the Great Hall, and of course, you can watch the House of Representatives and the Senate from the galleries


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