23 September 2019
The Reserve Bank will be reporting material breaches from banks on its website from next year, in an effort to improve
transparency and market discipline.
The decision follows a public consultation on the matter late last year, and ongoing discussion with stakeholders on a
new framework for the reporting of banks’ breaches. The Reserve Bank today published a summary of submissions and final
policy decisions on the reporting and publication of breaches by banks.
The new policy will require a bank to report promptly to the Reserve Bank when there is a breach or possible breach of a
requirement in a material manner, and report all minor breaches every six months. Only actual material breaches will
then be published on the Reserve Bank’s website.
“The policy aims to enhance market discipline by ensuring prompt breach reporting and publication, and by making it
easier to find and compare information about banks’ compliance history,” says Geoff Bascand, Deputy Governor and General
Manager Financial Stability. “It also encourages bank directors to focus on materially significant issues and the
management of key risks rather than concern themselves with relatively minor issues.
“We will be further discussing the implementation of this policy directly with banks, and at this stage we expect it
will take effect from 1 January 2020,” Mr Bascand says.