The (ASIC) has published its Corporate Plan for the next four years this Monday, outlining its strategies and priorities for the 2020-24 period.
Unsurprisingly, the Australian regulator will be focusing on the coronavirus pandemic, indicating that the regulator expects COVID-19 will have an impact on the financial markets for some time.
In particular, ASIC outlined the actions it will take to address the long-term impact of the pandemic. These actions are guided by five strategic priorities:
However, the watchdog isn’t just focusing on COVID-19 across the next four years. The regulator will also be aiming to deter poor behaviour and misconduct via its ‘Why not litigate?’ discipline.
The authority will also be focusing on reducing misconduct by company directors and professional service providers, improve risk management, and promote a healthy financial system and economic growth.
Commenting on the Corporate Plan, ASIC’s Chair, James Shipton said in the statement: “Our core purpose is to ensure confidence in a financial system that, even under stress, can remain fair, strong and efficient. Confidence is the bedrock of the economic recovery process.
“This is the purpose of all our work, both in the immediate context of the pandemic and beyond it. We will continue to respond rapidly and strategically to the threats arising in an uncertain environment.”
ASIC announces executive changes
As part of its plan and adjusted priorities, ASIC has made two senior organisational changes. This has seen the regulator appoint Warren Day, who was formerly Executive Director, Assessment and Intelligence, to the role of Chief Operating Officer.
The agency has also created the role of Chief Risk Officer, it announced today. Taking on the newly-established position is Zack Gurdon.