Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER SIGN UP
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

FBAA unsatisfied with ABC broker correction

peterwhite peterwhite
Reporter 5 minute read

The head of the FBAA has urged the ABC to do more to repair the damage caused by an inaccurate statement made about brokers.

In March, the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) called out some mainstream media reports on brokers which it said were sensational, misleading and seeking to “disparage an entire industry made up of predominantly small business owners”.

Following on from a royal commission hearing that touched on bribery and fraud through NAB’s introducer program, some media reports suggested that these introducers were brokers.

The executive director of the FBAA, Peter White, said at the time that the ABC’s Emma Alberici incorrectly stated on national TV [on an episode of Matter of Fact hosted by Stan Grant] that a gym owner can “set themselves up as a mortgage broker”, implying that no training or qualifications are necessary, which he said was “ridiculous”.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Mr White highlighted that brokers work within a very strict regulatory environment, and all brokers must have at least a Cert IV in Financial Services (Finance and Mortgage Broking), be mentored for two years and continue ongoing professional development and training.

This month, the public broadcaster published a clarification on its website, reading: “Matter of Fact with Stan Grant: On 13 March, a discussion about the day’s events at the financial services royal commission included incorrect references to mortgage brokers. The ABC acknowledges that there is a regulatory scheme that applies to mortgage brokers and that ASIC has set minimum education requirements for brokers who provide third-party home loan credit assistance.”

However, Mr White has said that the correction is not enough to repair the reputational damage caused by the inaccurate statement, and he has called for a public apology and a follow-up story about the value of brokers.

“Emma Alberici should not only be forced to make a public apology herself, but the ABC should be doing a story on the fact that 54 per cent of Australians trust brokers more than the banks to provide them with the best mortgage advice,” Mr White said.

“This journalist is a regular user of social media but failed to even post an apology, and the ABC should care far more that they got something so simple so wrong.”

Mr White added that the FBAA would continue to help restore the public’s confidence in mortgage brokers.

PROMOTED CONTENT


“The FBAA will not stay silent when the media provide information that is wrong, and we will keep working to build on the confidence the public already has in our sector.”

 [Related: Association slams royal commission reporting]

FBAA unsatisfied with ABC broker correction
peterwhite
TheAdviser logo

Are you a new-to-industry broker in the process of growing your business? Then there’s some great news: The Adviser’s New Broker Academy is back in 2021 and will provide you with essential insights into cutting-edge tools, strategies and processes to fast-track to success. Don’t miss your chance to attend. To secure your FREE place, visit newbroker.com.au now!

peterwhite

 

more from the adviser
handshake 2

Breaking News

Former Westpac head of third party to lead BOQ business bank

The non-major bank has announced the appointment of a former West...

drought

Breaking News

Climate change threatens property values: RBA

A number of regions could see a material decline in housing price...

empty wallet

Breaking News

22% of investors say they’re unable to refinance

A fifth of investors are unable to refinance at an amount they w...