AUSTRAC recently produced a factsheet entitled “Meeting your Beneficial Ownership Obligations”. It is informative. Well worth reading for all Australian reporting entities, especially the vast majority of reporting entities who struggle with the whole concept of beneficial ownership. It is daunting.
AUSTRAC v CBA is again major news. This time it is CBA’s Defence to the AUSTRAC Statement of Claim In this session we will explore CBA’s Defence and how it might impact AML/CTF Programs. We might even stray into the Amended Statement of Claim. As ever, we won’t be commenting on the merits of the claim or any defence, only the allegations as they pertain to alleged breaches of the AML/CTF Act, especially aorund AML/CTF Programs. Paddy Oliver, Managing Director, AML Experts (and a lawyer) will lead the discussions. Tickets are free. Bring your own lunch.
This article discusses some of the lessons from the authors' years of experience conducting independent review of AML/CTF programs, and AUSTRAC’s publication 'Insights from Compliance Assessments: Good Business Practices and Areas for Improvement' of December 2016. The AML/CTF laws require designated service providers to maintain an AML/CTF Program and undertake for regular independent review of Part A of that program (which necessarily also entails some examination of the operation of Part B (Customer due diligence).
Headlines were made when AUSTRAC brought civil proceedings against Tabcorp for breaches of the AML Act. This was the first major civil proceedings litigation brought by AUSTRAC against any reporting entity in Australia. In the approximate two years that the action lasted there was much conjecture and debate over how the matter might play out. Ultimately, a settlement was reached for Tabcorp to admit to certain breaches of the AML Act and to accept a civil penalty of AUD $45M.
As the result of the recent Statutory Review into the AML/CTF Act AUSTRAC intends to review and revise the AML/CTF Rules. This restructuring is a positive step towards making the, currently cumbersome, Rules more user friendly, and reflect the recommendations of the Statutory Review for Rules simplification.
Do you have an interest in how your profession or industry is going to be regulated under Australia’s Anti-Money Laundering & Counter-Terrorist Financing regime? It would appear that Australian DNFBPs (lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, trust & company services providers, and high-value dealers) will finally be subject to AML/CTF Act obligations (or a variation). Yes, Tranche 2 is on its way.
Immunity curtailed under changes to AML Act S169. When you are providing information to AUSTRAC you might think you have immunity from prosecution under S169. Think again. This self-incrimination privilege has recently been severely curtailed.
In the recent judgment of Justice Nye Perram in the interlocutory matter AUSTRAC v Tabcorp (TAB Limited), the judge made comments which should make boards, senior management, risk and compliance teams, and AML professionals sit up and take note. The comments of most significance related to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance programs, money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF) risk assessments, and AML program governance. The judge's comments also have relevance to record creation and record keeping obligations.