The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) published the final version of APG 220, the prudential practice guide on credit risk management. The guide is intended to assist authorized deposit-taking institutions in making prudent lending decisions and meeting requirements under the APS 220, the new prudential standard on credit risk management. APG 220 incorporates examples of better practices that APRA has identified in the recent supervisory reviews. APG 220 has been published in advance of finalizing the prudential standard to assist authorized deposit-taking institutions in meeting their requirements and in response to the industry feedback that earlier sight of the final guidance would support implementation.
APRA had launched a consultation on a APG 220 in December 2019, to which it received four submissions from authorized deposit-taking institutions and industry associations. In response to the feedback received, APRA has provided further clarity regarding its expectations for:
- the role of the Board in managing credit risk, aligning with the requirements in APS 220
- sound credit assessment and approval processes, including providing examples where some additional flexibility could be considered prudent
- the use of automated valuation methods, including examples for the prudent development of scorecards and use of risk controls.
Then, in December 2020, APRA had consulted on potential changes to the new APS 220, which would be contingent on the government’s proposed changes to consumer credit laws passing as legislation. These included:
- A drafting amendment that would require authorized deposit-taking institutions to assess an individual borrower’s repayment capacity without substantial hardship.
- Closer alignment between the implementation date of the government’s proposed consumer credit reforms and the new APS 220. APRA remains committed to ensuring there is appropriate alignment between the new authorized deposit-taking institutions and non-authorized deposit-taking institutions lenders’ regimes. The new APS 220 will be implemented on January 01, 2022, or earlier if the government’s proposed reforms are passed as legislation. In this event, APRA will provide an update to authorized deposit-taking institutions at the time.
APRA expects that prudent authorized deposit-taking institutions would already be meeting the requirements of the new APS 220. Given the focus on reinforcing sound lending practices amid the current risk outlook, APRA would be concerned if authorized deposit-taking institutions were not already meeting the core requirements for prudent loan origination standards. In the current environment, APRA expects Boards to have a strong focus on credit risk management, particularly for residential mortgage lending. APG 220 sets out examples of better practices to assist authorized deposit-taking institutions in maintaining sound lending practices and managing their credit risk, including during periods of heightened risk. It would be prudent for authorized deposit-taking institutions to closely review the examples of better practice in APG 220 against their current credit risk management practices, and make changes where appropriate.
Keywords: Asia Pacific, Australia, Banking, APG 220, APS 220, Credit Risk, Regulatory Capital, Loan Origination, Lending, APRA
Previous ArticlePRA Consults on Rules for Domestic Liquidity Sub-Groups
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published four draft principles to support supervisory efforts in assessing the representativeness of COVID-19-impacted data for banks using the internal ratings based (IRB) credit risk models.
The European Council and the European Parliament (EP) reached a provisional political agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) launched a consultation (CP6/22) that sets out proposal for a new Supervisory Statement on expectations for management of model risk by banks.
The European Commission (EC) published the Delegated Regulation 2022/954, which amends regulatory technical standards on specification of the calculation of specific and general credit risk adjustments.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced that the Green and Sustainable Finance (GSF) Cross-Agency Steering Group has launched the information and data repositories and outlined the progress made in advancing the development of green and sustainable finance in Hong Kong.
The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub updated its work program, announcing a set of projects across various centers.
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published two consultation papers—one on the supervisory statement on exclusions related to systemic events and the other on the supervisory statement on the management of non-affirmative cyber exposures.
The Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) published a report that explores the feasibility of integrating the G-Cubed general equilibrium model into the NGFS suite of models.
Certain members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs issued a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published a consultation paper on the advice on the review of the securitization prudential framework in Solvency II.