We want our clients to be informed, capable and willing to comply. To be effective, we need to attract and retain clients that meet the requirements of our voluntary schemes and can benefit from our schemes’ incentives. We also need to encourage compliance by assisting clients that have mandatory obligations under the schemes and to deter those not willing to comply.
The approach we take to compliance sets the standard at which we engage with our clients in performing our functions as a regulator, ensuring that participants remain active in our schemes and that our clients comply with their obligations.
Our Compliance, Education and Enforcement Policy outlines the approach we take to optimise compliance with the schemes we administer. This includes taking a risk-based approach to verification, monitoring and enforcement, and focusing on individuals and organisations that pose material risks to our schemes.
Our compliance approach matures as we continue to learn more about our clients, market drivers and behaviours. To clearly communicate our compliance expectations to clients, we publish our annual compliance priorities. In setting our compliance priorities we use a risk-based approach to ensure that we maximise our effectiveness, support the integrity of the schemes we administer and send the right signals to encourage compliance while minimising the compliance burden on clients.
As outlined in detail in our Compliance Priorities 2018—19, our areas of focus for this year include:
Our approach to regulation starts from the premise that responsibility for complying with scheme obligations rests with the individual person or organisation to which the legislation applies. We take a harm prevention approach to regulating and are clear about our objectives and what we want to achieve.
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