18 December 2017

Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry established


Joint media release with
Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC

The Governor-General has issued the Letters Patent to the Honourable Kenneth Madison Hayne AC QC, formerly a judge of the High Court, establishing the Royal Commission into alleged misconduct in Australia's banking, superannuation and financial services industry.

The Letters Patent require the Royal Commission to inquire into the conduct of financial services entities, including banks, insurers, superannuation trustees, holders of Australian financial services licenses and intermediaries, such as mortgage brokers. Intermediaries between borrowers and lenders have been added following the Government's consultation with the appointed Commissioner on the draft Terms of Reference.

The Royal Commission will examine allegations of misconduct or conduct which falls below community expectations. The Commission will be focused on identifying ways to ensure that Australia's financial system continues to work efficiently, effectively and in the interests of consumers.

Commissioner Hayne is authorised to submit an interim report to the Governor-General no later than 30 September 2018, and required to submit a final report no later than 1 February 2019.

The financial system plays an important role in the lives of all Australians and we encourage all interested parties to engage with the Royal Commission.

The Government has already taken comprehensive action to deliver better outcomes and protections for banking and financial services customers.

This includes moving to establish a new one-stop shop to resolve customer complaints; significantly bolstering the powers and resources of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission; creating a framework to hold banking executives accountable for their actions; and boosting banking and financial services competition.

Further information about the Royal Commission is available at the Royal Commission webpage.


Signed letters patent - Royal Commission - [PDF253KB]