The Code of Banking Practice gives us certain powers to investigate allegations that a bank has breached the Code – find out more about our Mandate under the Code.
We can investigate your concern when all four points on this checklist are met.
When we can investigate your concern
|The Bank subscribes to the Code||
|Not all banks subscribe to the Code – find out which banks subscribe.|
|Your allegation relates to a banking service in Australia||
|The issue relates to an individual or small business customer or their guarantor||
|The Code covers the issue||
|To find out what issues are covered download a copy of the Code of Banking Practice (PDF 6.68 MB)|
When we will not investigate your complaint
|You want compensation, restitution or another type of individual outcome||✗||Firstly, try to resolve the matter with your bank. If you are unable to do so, contact the Financial Ombudsman Service or seek independent advice.|
|You want us to fine the bank or issue penalties||✗||We don’t have this power. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) regulates banks’ licences and has the power to issue fines and penalties in some cases.|
|You want us to declare the rights and entitlements of the parties||✗||Only courts, tribunals and similar forums have these powers.|
|A court, tribunal or similar forum has previously decided if the bank has complied with the Code||✗||We will adopt the finding of that forum.|
|There is a more appropriate forum for the matter.||✗||In some cases an alternate forum may be better placed to investigate the matter. For example, while the Code refers to privacy laws, the office of the Australian Information Commissioner is a more suitable forum to investigate privacy concerns.|
Need more advice?
Please contact us on Tel 1800 367 287 (a telephone service provided by the Financial Ombudsman Service) or email us.
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