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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…

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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…

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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

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Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA), CHOICE, Consumer Action Law Centre, Financial Counselling Australia, Financial Rights Legal Centre and Super Consumers Australia have published policy submissions that respond to 22 of the Royal Commission’s 76 recommendations.  After the shocking scandals of the Royal Commission, consumer groups are supportive of the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s efforts to enact…

Read More Consumer advocates comment on draft legislation that responds to over a quarter of Banking Royal Commission recommendations

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On 17 December 2019, the Australian Banking Association announced a revised version of the Banking Code would take effect from 1 March 2020. The changes to the Code address recommendations from the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. The changes include: ceasing default interest on…

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ASIC has released an update on its work in the six-month period from September 2019 to February 2020, including its response to the referrals and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the Royal Commission). It follows previous updates on ASIC’s response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations…

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Today the Government passed the first omnibus bill in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, which consumer advocates say will help address long-standing problems with unfair insurance contracts, funeral expenses policies and mortgage broking.  The Financial Sector Reform (Hayne Royal Commission Response—Protecting Consumers (2019 Measures) Act 2019 will address recommendations 4.7, 1.2 and 4.2…

Read More Consumer advocates welcome Act implementing three key Banking Royal Commission recommendations

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Consumer Action Law Centre (Consumer Action) and Financial Rights Legal Centre (Financial Rights) say ASIC’s overhaul of its responsible lending guidance is a welcome announcement in the wake of the devastating consumer harm exposed during the Banking Royal Commission.  Too many lenders, including banks, finance companies, payday lenders, and consumer lease providers have not effectively complied with legal obligations to ensure they do not provide borrowers with unsuitable loans. ASIC’s updated responsible lending guidance make existing laws clearer, easier to enforce and will help to hold…

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The Customer Owned Banking Code Compliance Committee (the Committee) is pleased to release its Annual Report 2018-19. The Annual Report demonstrates how subscribers to the Customer Owned Banking Code of Practice (the Code) have met their compliance obligations, managed Code breaches and responded to customer complaints throughout the year. It provides an overview of the Committee’s work during…

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Two key reports released on Friday by the Banking Code Compliance Committee (BCCC) contain important findings for the industry, including: Significant concerns about the reporting of breaches under the 2013 Code of Banking Practice during 2018-19. Banks will need to continue ongoing efforts in order to meet the BCCC’s expectations and the higher standards of…

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The Customer Owned Banking Code Compliance Committee (the COBCCC) seeks a consumer representative to serve for a term of three years beginning in March 2020.  The COBCCC is an independent compliance monitoring body established under Section 4 of the Customer Owned Banking Code Compliance Committee Charter and Part E of the Code, under the authority of the Board of…

Read More Consumer Representative Opportunity: Customer Owned Banking Code Compliance Committee

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Australians in dispute with their bank, insurance provider, super fund, or other financial firms have lodged 73,000 complaints with the financial sector’s new ombudsman and have been awarded $185 million in compensation, in the first 12 months of its operation. The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) is today celebrating 12 months since it opened its…

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