The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics is conducting further public hearings with Australia’s four major banks in October as part of its ongoing review of the banking sector. On 20 October 2017 in Canberra the committee will hear from National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank.
The committee’s First Report
was published in November 2016, following on from the initial public hearings in October 2016. The committee affirmed the ten recommendations of its November Report
in April 2017, after holding further public hearings in March of this year. In the May Budget, the government broadly adopted nine of the committee’s ten recommendations.
Committee recommendations adopted by the government include a one-stop-shop for consumer complaints, a regulated executive accountability regime, and new powers and resources for the ACCC in investigating competition issues in the setting of interest rates. In addition the government adopted recommendations to increase competition in the sector through new bank licensing rules, and to implement an open data regime to allow consumers to more easily switch between banks.
The committee’s mandate from the government to review the banking sector is ongoing. “The committee will continue its focus on improving the banking system for the Australian community”, chair David Coleman
Public Hearing Details:
Friday, 20 October 2017 Main Committee Room Parliament House, Canberra
NAB: 9.15am to 12.15pm Andrew Thorburn
, CEO & Antony Cahill, Chief Operating Officer
CBA: 1.15pm to 4.15pm Catherine Livingstone, Chairman & Ian Narev