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The Westpac scandal: how did it happen?

By Charlotte Grieve, The Sydney Morning Herald Westpac is alleged to have breached anti-money laundering laws 23 million times. How does that happen? What are banks obliged to track nowadays? And what does the scandal mean for other banks? The fallout from Westpac’s 23 million alleged breaches of anti-money-laundering laws has plunged the bank into crisis and…

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The biggest challenges giving the RegTech sector a headache right now

By RegTech Analyst From getting accurate data to responding to new regulatory challenges, there are plenty of opportunities and obstacles to overcome for RegTech innovators. The RegTech sector has come into its own. Ever since the great recession of 2008, governments around the world have been clamouring to tighten up the legislation controlling the financial…

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What do FinTech and RegTech stakeholders think about the new Australian senate committee investigating the industry?

By RegTech Analyst Last week the Australian senate announced it would launch a new select committee to ensure the FinTech and RegTech sectors keep growing and remain compliant. Now, industry leaders have revealed what they think about it. The committee will also take a closer look at how the industry is developing globally. It will also…

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Tech transition proves a tough act for banks

– By Supratim Adhikari Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer’s carefully laid out plans to leverage new technology to cut costs and transform the bank’s processes now lie in tatters, as the bank’s management digs in to contain the fallout from the allegations levelled against it by Austrac. Less than two weeks ago, Hartzer was touting…

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FATF caves as Australia keeps propping up property market with black money

by Nathan Lynch — 20 November 2019 Welcome to the dark side of the Great Australian Dream, an investigation by Nathan Lynch. Australia is facetiously referred to as the Lucky Country for its ability to ship off endless boatloads of minerals, surfing the waves of economic good fortune with a “she’ll be right” swagger. But there’s another more important driver…

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Concerns over use of spreadsheets to manage AML compliance

In a recent industry presentation to risk and compliance managers in Australia by regulatory software provider Arctic Intelligence, an audience poll revealed 54% of respondents listed reliance on spreadsheets for risk assessment which may no longer be fit-for-purpose for conducting anti-money laundering (AML) risk assessments as one of their top three concerns.  The poll also…

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FMA NZ cracks down on non-compliant AML/CFT programmes

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has issued formal warnings to 10 reporting entities under Section 80 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT Act). The FMA carried out a risk-based assessment of independent audit reports for reporting entities it supervises in February this year, targeting 69 reporting entities. The FMA supervises…

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Businesses need to assess money laundering risk more frequently

In a recent industry presentation to credit unions and mutual banks in Australia, by Arctic Intelligence, a provider of financial crime prevention audit, risk and compliance software, an audience poll found that many businesses vulnerable to money laundering and other financial crime may not be conducting a comprehensive risk assessment often enough. While half of…

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Arctic Intelligence partners with Deloitte to adopt a smarter approach to financial crime compliance

Arctic Intelligence, a regtech leader in regulatory compliance and risk management has signed a three year partnership with Deloitte to help organisations globally manage their financial crime risk and exposure. This is an extension from a previous agreement first established in 2016. Deloitte will utilise Arctic’s risk and compliance cloud technologies to rapidly assess the…

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