The GST Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Statute Update (Smaller Government) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 4 of 2018), the Treasury Laws Amendment (Putting Consumers First - Establishment of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority) Act 2018 (Cth) (Act 13 of 2018) and the Treasury Laws Amendment (Reducing Pressure on Housing Affordability Measures No. 1) Regulations 2018 (Cth).
The Statute Update (Smaller Government) Act 2018 repeals three Acts and amends ten Acts across the Commonwealth to support the implementation of the Government’s smaller government agenda. The Act follows on from a series of government decisions relating to the abolition of a number of bodies announced in earlier tranches of the smaller government agenda.
This Act will amend the Corporations Act 2001 (Corporations Act) and other Commonwealth
Acts to introduce a new external dispute resolution (EDR) framework and an enhanced
internal dispute resolution (IDR) framework for the financial system.
The new EDR framework will ensure that consumers have easy access to a single EDR scheme, known as the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA), which will resolve disputes about products and services provided by financial firms. The AFCA scheme will replace the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal (SCT) and the existing EDR schemes approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
The enhanced IDR framework will require financial firms to report their IDR activities in accordance with ASIC requirements and allow ASIC to publish information it receives under new reporting requirements. This will allow ASIC to improve transparency about the performance of financial firms in relation to their IDR activities.
This instrument prescribes the withholding amount for amounts paid to an individual under the First Home Super Saver Scheme, and ensure that superannuation entities can accept downsizer contributions.
The amendments made by the Acts and the Regulation have been updated in the Point-in-Time GST Service current to 27 March 2018. (NB: Subscription required).
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