The work of Markets Group embraces policy processes and reforms that promote stable financial systems and sound corporate practices, remove impediments to competition and safeguard the public interest in matters such as consumer protection. Well functioning markets are central to the sustainable growth of the Australian economy and the well being of the Australian community. In markets that function efficiently, resources flow to those parts of the economy that can serve the national interest most productively. This occurs when investors and consumers have confidence and certainty about the regulatory framework and are able to make decisions that are well informed and free of market distortions and impediments. Areas of Markets Group liaise with business and consumer groups and maintain close working relations with the relevant regulatory agencies.