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FPA responds after FASEA releases Summary of Standards


The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) issued a Summary of Standards
for the professional standards framework for financial advisers at 7:30pm on Friday 16
November 2018, as well as two draft legislative instruments.

The Summary of Standards provides an overview of the key parameters for each of the
Standards which will be reflected in the forthcoming legislative instruments and associated
documentation.

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) is now working through the detail and
these FASEA developments will be the focus of an FPA Board meeting taking place on
Wednesday 21 November 2018 in the morning before the start of the 2018 FPA Professionals
Congress that afternoon.

The FPA is keenly aware of the many questions and concerns of its membership, the public,
and the financial planning profession about the implications of this latest update, and is applying
the necessary time and resources to a considered response.

“We will not be commenting in detail on this latest FASEA update until the right people and the
FPA Board specifically has given it due priority attention. What I can say is that one of our
major priorities is to ensure that further detail is sought from FASEA regarding the practical
operation of the proposed Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and what study/courses will be
included in this process. There are more questions that naturally arise out of this Summary of
Standards, and we’re working closely with FASEA and our members to advocate for what we
believe are the right answers, in due course,” said FPA CEO Dante De Gori CFP®.

Stephen Glenfield, CEO of FASEA, will be addressing delegates at the FPA Professionals
Congress at ICC Sydney on Thursday morning 22 November 2018 and is expected to share
more details of the announcement with those already registered to attend the event. Following
this, FPA Head of Policy and Standards, Ben Marshan CFP® will run a Congress workshop at
10:30am titled FASEA: The new standards explained.

Over the coming weeks, FASEA will continue to release the legislative instruments for each of
the standards. The two already announced are:

  • Provisional Relevant Provider Expression Legislative Instrument
  • Work and Training (Professional Year) Legislative Instrument.

There will be a very short consultation period for each legislative instrument, before FASEA
then finalises each. The FPA is working closely, actively and with full advocacy for the interests
of the Australian public, and current and future financial planning professionals.