Financial advisers given extra two years to upgrade their professional qualifications

Financial advisers given extra two years to upgrade their professional qualifications
Financial advisers given extra two years to upgrade their professional qualifications

Assistant Minister for Financial Services Jane Hume announced that financial advisers will be given up to an extra two years to upgrade their professional standards and qualifications.

The Morrison government concession means that currently operating financial planners will have until January 2022 to pass a financial advice exam and until January 2026 to graduate from a financial advice university or TAFE degree accredited by Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority, she said.

Labor shadow minister for financial services Stephen Jones slammed the delay, he said "the government are being negligent and dragging their feet on urgent reform." 

Some financial adviser lobbyists were grateful for the changes but said they didn't go far enough.

In particular, the executive director of the Association of Independently Owned Financial Professionals, Peter Johnston said the government should give further leeway to advisers specialising in life insurance and income protection.

"Risk insurance advisers should not need a four-year degree. They should need a 12-month refresher diploma in risk insurance because they're only dealing in that area," he stated.

 

Senator Hume said the financial advice exam was available only in capital cities and would not be available in regional areas until September 2019.

"The extension of the exam will ensure that all advisers, including rural and regional advisers, will have two years to sit the exam, as originally intended," she said.

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