Over the past decade, the Australian financial services industry has seen the emergence of digital advisers. There is now a strong digital advice presence in the Australian financial services market providing robo-advice to many Australians. The Australian Government has demonstrated its firm support of this evolution in the expectation that it will enable more Australians to gain easy access to financial services at lower costs.
Digital advice has the ability to reach millions of Australians, however, this broad reach comes with increased associated risks. These risks include technology failures, compliance failures, lack of risk management and loss to consumers. The major players in the industry, including ASIC and the Financial Ombudsman Service Australia (FOS), have along with providing practical guidance in the space, alerted digital advisers of their responsibilities and accountabilities in compliance, governance and risk management.
Melody assists in preparing, reviewing and negotiating legal documentation for participants in the financial services industry. Melody also assists with developing, reviewing and amending compliance documentation. She also supports the Compliance Consultants with the preparation of AFSL and ACL applications, variations and compliance reviews. Melody provides ongoing legal support and also assists in implementing ongoing compliance support, updating procedural documentation and preparing compliance reporting for Compliance Committees and Boards of Directors.