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Amendment to terms of reference of the External Dispute Resolution Review

Statement from the Independent Review Panel: Professor Ian Ramsay (Chair), Julie Abramson and Alan Kirkland

The Government has released the report of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO), Inquiry into small business loans, and as a result of this report has expanded the terms of reference for the review of the financial system’s external dispute resolution (EDR) and complaints framework (EDR Review).

The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP, has today released amended terms of reference to include:

  • the making of recommendations (rather than merely observations) on the establishment, merits and potential design of a compensation scheme of last resort; and
  • consideration of the merits and issues involved in providing access to redress for past disputes.

In order to fully consider the amended terms of reference, the Panel intends to release a separate issues paper on the additional matters and will seek the views of stakeholders.

The Government has provided a three-month extension to the initial reporting date of end March 2017 to enable the Panel to consider and consult on the issues contained in the amended terms of reference. The Panel will provide a separate report on the additional terms of reference by the end of June 2017.

Public consultation on the EDR Review Interim Report, released on 6 December 2016 and available on the Treasury website, closed on Friday, 27 January 2017. The Panel will still provide the Government with a final report on the issues contained in the original terms of reference by the end of March 2017.

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