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In a report released on Monday, the Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) has urged banks to improve their breach reporting to the BCCC. The report summarises banks’ self-reported breach data for the six months that followed their adoption of a revised Banking Code of Practice on 1 July 2019. The report outlines that banks have…

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On 6 July 2020, the Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) launched an Inquiry into Code-subscribing banks’ compliance with Part 4 of the Banking Code of Practice (the Code). The obligations under Part 4 of the Code are key consumer protections for disadvantaged customers and are particularly relevant as the community faces heightened challenges due to…

Read More BCCC launches vulnerability, inclusivity and accessibility Inquiry

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Today’s announcement by the banking industry of further assistance to help customers experiencing financial hardship will provide some important relief to those who continue to be impacted by COVID-19.  CHOICE, Financial Rights Legal Centre, Consumer Action Law Centre and Financial Counselling Australia are at the forefront of helping people impacted by COVID-19, particularly people doing…

Read More Banks Announcement of Further Assistance for Customers a Timely Relief: Consumer Groups

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Consumers can now choose to share their banking data to access more personalised financial products and services following the launch of the Consumer Data Right today. All four major banks are capable of sharing their customers’ data, when requested by the customer. Other authorised deposit-taking institutions will join the Consumer Data Right over the coming…

Read More Consumer Data Right goes live for data sharing

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Insurers must focus on creating an ethical, consumer-focused culture that is championed by the Board and underpinned by robust governance and business practices if they are to improve their compliance with the General Insurance Code of Practice, according to a report published today by the General Insurance Code Governance Committee. Living the Code: Embedding Code…

Read More Culture, Leadership and Governance – the crucial elements of ‘Living the Code’ for insurers

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Many Australians are facing exceptional financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are likely to need the support and assistance of their bank to help them deal with its impacts. The 2019 Banking Code of Practice provides safeguards and protections for banks’ individual and small business customers and includes many obligations which require banks…

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The Consumers’ Federation of Australia (CFA), the peak body for consumer groups nationally, has made two submissions to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) responding to authorisation applications from Australia’s banks and supermarkets. Businesses can seek authorisation from the ACCC where conduct risks breaching competition laws but is in the public interest. More than…

Read More Consumers’ Federation of Australia responds to COVID19 cooperation proposals from banks & supermarkets

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Australian Banking Association says Australian banks will issue a record number of debit cards (Mastercard or VISA debit) to customers who don’t have them and who may be self-isolating to make sure they can continue to pay for their goods and services online or over the phone throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently there are over…

Read More Record issuance of debit cards to help isolated or vulnerable customers

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The Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) invites feedback about the proposed scope of its Inclusivity, Accessibility and Vulnerability Inquiry, which focuses on the obligations set out in Chapters 13 and 14 of the Banking Code of Practice. This consultation paper is being distributed to all Code-subscribing banks. In addition, the BCCC has extended the consultation…

Read More BCCC seeks feedback on its Inclusivity, Accessibility and Vulnerability Inquiry

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The Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) recognises that both Code subscribing banks and their customers are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BCCC welcomes the various initiatives announced by the ABA to assist customers to meet these challenges. It believes that these measures will contribute to the fair treatment of customers. Customers…

Read More Banking Code Compliance Committee response to bank and customer COVID-19 challenges

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Consumer Action Law Centre has released its second edition of Regulator Watch: The enforcement performance of Australia’s consumer protection regulators. In 2013, Consumer Action published the first edition of ‘Regulator Watch’, which was written in response to the absence of a public mechanism to compare the enforcement work being done by Australia’s various consumer protection regulators. Since…

Read More Consumer Action releases Regulator Watch report

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The Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) has published a Guidance Note on clause 10 of the 2019 Banking Code of Practice (the Code). Clause 10 of the Code requires a Code subscribing bank to engage with customers in a fair, reasonable and ethical manner. Clause 10 is one of the Code’s most important obligations and should be embedded within…

Read More Banks must be fair, reasonable and ethical in all circumstances