Australian regulators weekly wrap — Monday, 4 May 2020

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  1. Modern Slavery (Legislation): I wrote last week about an underwhelming update from the Australian Border Force, specific to the fact that it did not address any revision of the timing of Modern Slavery reports. In the wake of broader comment, this week the Australian Government has extended the deadline for entities due to lodge statements in 2020 under the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Act) by three months. The Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs announced this decision via Media Release and additional information is available on online. This three month deadline extension applies to all reporting entities under the Act operating on reporting periods that end on or before 30 June 2020. This volte face is in recognition of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting many reporting entities due to submit modern slavery statements in 2020. This extension only changes the deadline for submission of modern slavery statements and does not alter the reporting periods for entities, which remain unchanged. In all, a sensible judgment.

Thought for the future: I think that the ABA’s queries to ASIC, and ASIC’s response, are great. Regulators owe a duty to the regulated to convey their expectations as much as possible. Now for the other financial services industry groups, advisers and representatives to follow the ABA’s lead and seek to extract useful information to assist industry participants who will also have their own queries e.g. insurers and super.

(These views are my own and do not constitute legal advice. Photo credit Tom Wheatley)

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