Mortgage brokers to keep getting trailing commissions until at least 2022 under Coalition

Mortgage brokers to keep getting trailing commissions until at least 2022 under Coalition
Mortgage brokers to keep getting trailing commissions until at least 2022 under Coalition

The Treasurer has given mortgage brokers respite on a plan to ban trailing commissions by 2020, opting instead for a 2022 review.

Mortgage Choice chief Susan Mitchell has welcomed the Government’s decision today to maintain trail commissions on new loans.

In his statement today the Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said abolition of trail won’t proceed in 2020 because the government is concerned about the adverse effect on competition in mortgage lending market.

He also conceded that abolishing trail would be “a free kick to the banks”.

The government will review trailing commissions in three years’ time, as well as the feasibility of continuing upfront commission payments.

The review will be conducted by the Council of Financial Regulators and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Treasurer Frydenberg acknowledged that mortgage brokers and small lenders are “absolutely critical in the mortgage lending market”. 

The Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) has cautiously welcomed a decision by the Federal Government to backflip on its commitment to abolish trail commissions, which was one of the recommendations of the Hayne report from the banking royal commission.

FBAA managing director Peter White said it was a step in the right direction.

“I applaud the announcement by treasurer Josh Frydenberg but it won’t end our efforts to see the correct polices in place to protect consumers from the greed of the big four banks.

“The Coalition’s announcement to keep trail commissions has been delivered in a pre-election environment so uncertainty remains about how exactly this will work after the election.”

Mr White said the announcement confirms how out of touch Commissioner Hayne is and calls into question the findings of the royal commission.

“Hayne simply didn’t get it but it’s now the case that both sides of politics are now very clear on the importance of mortgage brokers.

“Both the Coalition and Labor recognise that the recommendations of the royal commission would in fact hand power back to the big four banks, which is an absurd result,” White said.

“Australia’s 17,000 mortgage brokers will applaud the Government’s common sense decision to keep trail commissions," Mitchell said.

ASIC’s 2017 Review of Mortgage Broking Remuneration Report did not identify trail commissions as directly leading to poor consumer outcomes, nor recommend the removal of trail commissions.

“The figures speak for themselves. The latest data shows that 59.1% of home loans originate through the mortgage broking channel, yet Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) data for the month of November 2018 revealed that of 6,522 complaints against financial service providers,  only 29 related to mortgage brokers. This is less than half of one percent of reported complaints.”

Mortgage Choice's residential settlement figures show that in the past two years the big four banks have lost 10% of market share to smaller lenders.

AFG chief David Bailey welcomed the Government's "considered approach and urge the Labor Party to adopt this sensible policy heading into the election."

"It's important that our industry not be a political football heading into an election so that the 26,000 small businesses, their families and, importantly, their customers have certainty about the future of the sector," he said.


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