Chartered Accountants ANZ Advocacy on FASEA

Stay up to date with the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) reforms as they are released.

In brief

  • FASEA recently released several Legislative Instruments that are now law
  • These will affect all CAs acting under an AFSL – limited or full
  • CA ANZ has applied to FASEA to have the CA Program approved as study towards a professional designation. If approved, CAs will be required to do only one bridging subject

Advocacy - our response to FASEA standards

As chartered accountants, we have consistently been calling for recognition of that which we already stand for, with the following messaging being woven into as many submissions, press releases, industry and media interviews as possible:

Chartered Accountants ANZ supports raising the standards of financial advice to better serve and protect consumers.

Throughout all our submissions, Chartered Accountants ANZ has strongly urged FASEA to recognise the long hours of rigorous study required to gain and maintain CA membership. Chartered accountants have a strong foundation, including an Australian or New Zealand approved degree at AQF7, a TEQSA approved AQF8 post-graduate qualification, financial planning studies enabling registration on ASIC's Financial Adviser Register, significant continuing professional development obligations, completion of 3 years mentored training and strict adherence to our Code of Ethics, backed by robust disciplinary processes.

Our CA Program is highly aligned with FASEA's integrated model approach to raise education, training and ethical standards of financial advisers to improve trust and confidence. We are therefore continuing to encourage FASEA to recognise us as a group of professionals who are well-placed to serve the interests of mums and dads, and the small-business communities across Australia. Any exodus of CAs is likely to significantly reduce the overall level of training and expertise in the industry and be contrary to the overall objectives of the new legislation. We will, however, continue to advocate over the ensuing weeks to have the CA Program recognised via FASEA’s curriculum mapping process available for professional associations.

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Chartered Accountants ANZ’s position:

Education standard

  1. CA ANZ has applied to FASEA for recognition of the CA Program as a professional designation. A decision is expected mid-June 2019 and will impact bridging course requirements.
  2. Chartered Accountants ANZ members are advised to not take any action in relation to course enrolments until the outcome is received and we have communicated the results to them.
  3. We were pleased to see FASEA change the approach of assessing ‘relevant’ degrees from a holistic degree approach to a subject level approach. All who have entered the CA Program since 1972 have already been assessed at a subject level and, as such, we believe this screening process has left members in good stead to be in line with FASEA’s required subjects.
  4. No recognition of prior learning will be provided for the FASEA’s Code of Ethics subject, so all CAs practising in advice will be required to complete this subject by 1 January 2024.

Exam standard

The exam is enshrined in law, so it is applicable to our members who practice in personal financial advice under an AFSL – limited or full. It will be 3.5 hours in duration, including 15 minutes reading time.

CA ANZ called for the provision of detailed course notes and practice exam papers for the purposes of exam preparation. FASEA has now published on its website a recommended reading list and practice questions. Chartered Accountants ANZ will investigate how it can support members in preparing for the exam.

Existing advisers must complete the exam by 1 January 2021.

Foreign qualifications standard

Foreign qualification assessed by CA ANZ will be accepted by FASEA but as we understand, will also have to be assessed by FASEA. To enable FASEA to assess the foreign qualification individuals will need to complete FASEA Foreign Qualification Assessment Application Form together with a certified copy of the foreign qualification and a copy of the assessment from a DET approved body. CA ANZ is investigating how it will support members in preparing for the exam. 

CPD standards

Effective 1 January 2019. Advisers are required to complete 40 hours (not points) of CPD each year of which 70% will need to be approved by the licensee (including a maximum 4 hours of professional reading). The minimum hours for CPD categories are:

  • technical – 5 hours
  • client care and practice – 5 hours
  • regulatory compliance and consumer protection – 5 hours
  • professionalism and ethics – 9 hours.

CA ANZ is currently reviewing its relevant CPD activities to allocate FASEA hours guidelines.

By 31 March 2019, licensees were required to have a published CPD policy and CPD plans in place for individual advisers. Members who require assistance with this should contact the Financial Advisory Team.

FASEA Code of Ethics

On February 11, FASEA released the final legislative instrument for its Code of Ethics. It addresses the values of trustworthiness, competence, honesty, fairness and diligence. We are currently reviewing the legislation and accompanying explanatory statement and will, in due course, provide members with guidance on the practical application of the Code.

Submissions

Download and view all the submissions that Chartered Accountants ANZ have lodged with FASEA during the consultation period.

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