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One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for buisness

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Date : 31 October 2018

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Treasurer

THE HON STUART ROBERT MP
Assistant Treasurer

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

31 October 2018

ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR FINANCIAL COMPLAINTS OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Australian consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Coalition Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) opening for business as of Thursday 1 November 2018.

This new one-stop shop represents a new era for financial dispute resolution, delivering free, fast and binding service for all financial complaints, whether they be related to banks, credit providers, insurance companies or superannuation funds.

Consumers and small businesses will benefit from having increased access to redress as AFCA will have significantly higher monetary limits and compensation caps than were available under the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and Credit and Investments Ombudsman (CIO).

The Coalition Government committed to provide $1.7 million to support AFCA’s establishment, as part of the 2018-19 Budget. Its launch overhauls Australia’s financial dispute resolution system, bolstering community confidence by providing consumers who have suffered a loss with greater access to free and fair dispute resolution.

The establishment of AFCA is part of the Coalition Government’s plan for stronger economy and ensuring a fair go for all Australians.

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