Final Report Published
The completed Report of the Independent Review of the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee is now available at the link below. It is a lengthy report and for ease, I have also provided a link to the Executive Summary.
I have also published my report of the Independent Review of the Code of Banking Practice – it is available at http://cobpreview.crkhoury.com.au .
I would be happy to receive feedback – by email please. If there is interest from stakeholder groups, I may be able to arrange an opportunity – most likely a teleconference – to discuss the report.
Executive Summary – Report of the Independent Review of the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee
Report of the Independent Review of the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee
As indicated in December, both the Code of Banking Practice Review and the CCMC Review have been delayed. I have now completed the Review of the Code of Banking Practice – and handed a final report to the Australian Bankers Association. I expect to be able to publish the report by mid-February.
I will complete the report of the CCMC Review and provide my report to the CCMC in the next week or so. My apologies once again for not meeting the original deadline for both reports, and I thank you your patience and your contribution to this important process.
Extension of time needed
Despite best efforts and an enormous amount of work by all concerned, I am not going to be able to meet the original target date for the Review of December 31, 2016.
The wide range of matters raised with me, the complexity of the issues and the level of detail required to adequately deal with them have proved to be greater than originally estimated – both for the Reviews of the Code itself and of the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee.
The full text of both the Code and CCMC Reports will not now be handed to the Australian Bankers Association and the CCMC, until the end of January, 2017.
My apologies for any disappointment, in particular to those who have worked very hard to support the Reviews through providing submissions, attending meetings and interviews and answering the seemingly endless list of questions. This includes the ABA and the banking industry, the staff of the CCMC, consumer advocates, representatives of small business and other stakeholder groups, staff from government agencies and many, many individuals.
I am sure that everyone interested will agree that it is more important that these Reviews be completed to a thorough standard.
In making the decision, I have consulted with the Independent Governance Expert Mr Ian McPhee AO PSM, who has been supportive throughout the Review process.
Over October and early November, I have been continuing detailed consultations with stakeholders and analysis of the issues arising from the Code of Banking Practice Review and the CCMC Review. Consultations have included with consumer representatives, government officials, individual banks, banking industry representatives, individual bank customers (see the link to Having a Say) and ombudsman staff.
To make the work of analysis manageable, I have divided the issues register for the Code into 10 key areas – plus 1 for the issues related specifically to the Code Compliance Monitoring Committee. See section under the link Issues for a summary of the matters under consideration for both the Code itself and the CCMC.
Interested stakeholders are welcome to continue to offer input to these issues, however I am not seeking any further formal submissions to the Review. A brief email targeting specific issues would be the most assistance at this stage.
At this stage, the Review timeline is very tight, and we have a number of quite complex issues to work through – but I am continuing to press ahead to meet the promised deadline of December 31.
As my analysis, research and consultations continue, I will be progressively listing issues that have emerged on this website. Please now find posted on the Issues page of this website a summary issues register as at early October.
This includes the main issues that I have drawn from the submissions and other inputs and from our analysis. It is described as ‘progressive’ as my team and I are still working through the extensive list of issues raised.
Note that as previously advised, the list may not be exhaustive, as some issues are out of scope for this review, some have not yet been researched or tested. Nor does the short form of the summary allow for every aspect of every issue to be listed.
Note also that the issues listed are those that specifically reference the CCMC and its mandate. There may well be issues raised in the Code Review itself that potentially cross over into CCMC issues.
Thank you to all concerned for the submissions that have been provided to the Review. These have been most helpful in defining the issues and suggesting ways forward. I have now heard from a mix of stakeholders including from consumer representatives, banks, regulators, and industry groups.
There are 25 submissions published on the Code Review website (four of them are duplicated on the CCMC website as they were single submissions directed to both Reviews). There are also a few submissions that I have received but not published, generally to protect the identity and private details of those named in the submissions. The high quality and range of the submissions and the mix of submitting organisations and individuals gives me some confidence that the important matters for the Code and for the CCMC have been picked up.
In addition to reading the submissions closely, my team and I have also been working our way through a large amount of background material (from government inquiries, past reviews and comparable local and overseas codes).
Code of Banking Practice
Issues raised with me have included:
- Code purpose/audience
- Code structure
- Principles, key commitments
- Provision of Credit
- Financial hardship/distress/default
- Other banking services
- Staff remuneration/training/culture
- Code scope
- Code language and accessibility
- Financial inclusion
- Loan contracts
- Small business
- Marketing and promotion of Code
- Complaints and Breach reporting
The submissions also raised a number of issues that I will not be able to deal with fully. First, there are a number of individual cases that have been put to me. As I have advised the submitters, while I will be able to use the examples to inform the review, I am not in a position to re-open these matters or to form a view about whether the treatment of the matter by others was appropriate or not.
I have also received submissions that raise significant issues – including calling for a Royal Commission into the Banking Industry, changes to the law and the regulators, about the way in which independent organisations such as FOS and the ABA work and about how this Review should be conducted. While I will consider the issues raised as part of my analysis, and I may comment on some of them, these are matters that are outside my Terms of Reference and I will not be able to make recommendations for change.
Most stakeholders have made comment about the CCMC within their submission on the Banking Code itself. The range of issues raised so far in relation to CCMC cover:
- Time limitation
- Sanctioning powers
- Profile of CCMC, name change
- Scope for CCMC to cover cl. 3 & 4
- Relationship with EDR
- Breach reporting
Over the next two weeks, I will accept final first round submissions, complete initial analysis of the submissions and publish an Issues Register to the website, which I hope will make it easier for stakeholders to understand the range of matters raised with me – and to provide feedback.