ASIC has released new information to help businesses involved with initial coin offerings (ICOs) and crypto-assets to consider their legal obligations and satisfy themselves they are operating lawfully.
The Consumer Data Right bill has been introduced to parliament. The national association for Australia’s fintech startup community FinTech Australia, as well as its members, have welcomed the progress of Australia’s Consumer Data Right bill. The bill was introduced to parliament by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and gives Australians control over the use of their […]
Afterpay has rejected rival Zip Pay’s call for industry-wide responsible lending checks, saying the government shouldn’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to the buy-now, pay-later sector. The rift comes ahead of Afterpay and Zip’s scheduled appearance before a Senate committee later this month in Brisbane where Young Rich listers, Zip’s Larry Diamond and Afterpay’s Nick Molnar, […]
The seven largest online small business lenders have opened themselves to scrutiny by an independent oversight committee and pledged to adhere to transparent standards on pricing and dispute resolution, with the Australian Finance Industry Association and small business ombudsman endorsing the start-ups’ efforts at self-regulation. Prospa, Moula, OnDeck, Spotcap, Capify, GetCapital and Lumi now comply […]
For a government that is threatening to wipe out a significant number of tech start-ups with its proposed changes to the research and development tax incentive, it shouldn’t come as a surprise the Morrison government appears to have failed to do any research into the potential impact. After all, if the government had conducted its […]
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says growing complexity in financial services has made it tough for customers to compare prices and products but “open banking” will help overcome this by ensuring banks present information in a standardised, simpler way under a policy that aims to facilitate account switching and stir competition. With the government planning to introduce […]
The Australian Government’s long-awaited equity crowdfunding reforms have finally been passed, almost a year after they were introduced to federal parliament. The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 is the government’s third attempt at legislating equity crowdfunding. Its first bill was left stranded by the July 2016 election, and its second bill […]
Open banking is being phased in from July 2019, making it easier for you to switch banks and get a better deal. It could even result in fintechs being a more viable option for you over a traditional bank. But what is open banking exactly, how much control will it give you over your own […]