Why the royal commission on aged care is another inquiry we have to have

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety kicks off on Friday with the first preliminary public hearing in Adelaide. At the hearing, the commissioners will set out their …

Does the Productivity Commission want to cut advisers out of the superannuation picture?

Concerns over conflicts of interest in financial advice have prompted the Productivity Commission to recommend a range of measures to help more superannuation fund members make better decisions about super …

Rethinking the risks and returns of misconduct

Like many Australians, I did a fair bit of travelling around the country over Christmas and New Year, which involved driving thousands of kilometres across NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. The …

Financial advisers going back to school – some more than others

Last week the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) urged all existing financial advisers to make sure they are present and correct on the ASIC financial advisers register by December …

Can the Royal Commission create a new industry hero?

From myth and the first recorded stories in ancient history to present-day movie blockbusters, humans appear to be obsessed with the idea of the hero. The “hero’s journey” narrative pops …

Three things aged-care providers can do before the Royal Commission wringer

If the Royal Commission into Financial Services is anything to go by, Australian aged care providers are about to be put through the wringer. The terms of reference of the Royal Commission …

The Royal Commission: the closer you get, the worse it looks

When Commissioner Kenneth Hayne submitted the interim report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services industry to the Governor-General and the Parliament in September, …

Why a picture is worth 1000 words in developing effective research insights

The use of visual images in research is not new, but the way they are used continues to evolve and grow. Visual images help to generate research data and provide …

Complaints up, skilled staff down: the challenges of residential aged care

Australia’s residential care providers are in a challenging environment. While some providers are making healthy profits, smaller providers are struggling to survive. This survival-of-the-fittest approach was exposed by ABC’s recent …

If clients aren’t hearing your voice, who are they listening to?

Since the start of this year the reputation of financial planning has been battered by the Royal Commission. Control of the messages about the very real and significant benefits of …