The Code Working Group (CWG) released its Draft Code on 11 September 2018 for consultation with the following:
The Code is technology-neutral and will apply to robo-advice, as well as financial advice given by people. It sets out 12 proposed standards and supporting commentary. It includes requirements to treat clients fairly and act in their interests, act with integrity, manage conflicts of interest, take steps to ensure the client understands the advice, give advice that is suitable for the client and meet standards of competence, knowledge and skill.
The Code will sit within a wider regulatory regime that will include statutory duties, disclosure requirements and licensing. These changes are being introduced through the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill.
Submissions closed on 9 November 2018.
SiFA's submission is available here.