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Higher standards for consumer protection

CONSUMERS are expected to be better off in their dealings with banks, insurance companies, superannuation and managed funds or with people such as stockbrokers, financial planners and insurance brokers, thanks to the Financial Services Reform Act.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission executive director of consumer protection and international relations Greg Tanzer said consumers now had a right to higher standards and better protection across a wide range of financial products and services.

"All licensed financial services businesses must operate efficiently, honestly and fairly," he said.

"In addition their staff and representatives must be properly trained and supervised.

"The new law also means consumer protection issues are dealt with consistently across the financial services industry. Consumers are now better able to compare the relative benefits of different financial products and what product is best suited to their needs.

"In the event that consumers experience problems with their financial services provider, there are now consistent complaints handling procedures in place.

"Consumers can also access an independent complaints scheme at no cost."

 

 

 

 

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