May 22, 2019

APRA released an information paper analyzing the self-assessments performed by 36 of the country’s largest banks, insurers, and superannuation licensees in response to the final report on the Prudential Inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). The Prudential Inquiry report on CBA was published in May 2018. The paper discusses the outcomes of the self-assessment process, key findings and common themes, and the solutions being implemented by institutions. The paper also outlines the next phase of APRA workstreams to strengthen prudential expectations and intensify supervision of governance, accountability, and culture.

The Prudential Inquiry was launched following a series of significant operational and governance shortcomings that damaged the reputation of CBA. The report found that continued financial success of CBA had dulled the institution’s senses, especially with regard to the management of non-financial risks. APRA wrote to the institutions’ boards last June asking them to gauge whether the weaknesses uncovered by the CBA Prudential Inquiry also existed in their own companies. In addition, APRA wrote to the boards of 36 authorized deposit-taking institutions, insurers, and superannuation licensees asking them to conduct a self-assessment against the findings and provide that assessment to APRA. APRA has since examined these self-assessments to assess their quality, identify common themes, and, where necessary, challenge institutions’ findings. Overall, it is clear that the weaknesses identified in the final report of the Prudential Inquiry are not unique to CBA. A number of common themes have emerged from the self-assessments, including:

  • Non-financial risk management requires improvement
  • Accountabilities are not always clear, cascaded, and effectively enforced
  • Acknowledged weaknesses are well-known and some have been long-standing
  • Risk culture is not well-understood and, therefore, may not be reinforcing the desired behaviors

The paper highlights that significant uplift is required across industries to bring governance and the management of non-financial risks to an appropriate standard. This includes embedding robust frameworks that incentivize delivery of sound outcomes, proactive management of issues, and consistent application of rewards and consequences. Over the next 12 months, APRA will strengthen prudential expectations and increase supervisory intensity for governance, accountability, and culture for all regulated institutions.

APRA is meeting with participating institutions and, as a next step, will be writing to the boards of each of the 36 institutions to provide feedback on their self-assessments and outline the intended targeted supervisory engagement by APRA. The nature of this engagement will depend on the quality and findings of the self-assessment and the risk profile of the institution. For some institutions, the issues identified in the self-assessment are material and the changes required to address them are significant. APRA is, therefore, considering applying an additional operational risk capital requirement to reflect the higher risk profile of these institutions. Many institutions that conducted a self-assessment have developed plans to address the findings. APRA expects all regulated institutions to identify and address points of weakness and continues to encourage institutions that have not yet completed a thorough self-assessment to do so. Institutions should consider the observations in this information paper when designing and implementing steps to enhance risk governance.

 

Related Links

Keywords: Asia Pacific, Australia, Banking, Insurance, Superannuation, Governance, Self-Assessment, Prudential Inquiry, Accountability, Operational Risk, APRA

Related Articles
News

BIS Report Discusses Regulatory Issues Related to Big Techs in Finance

BIS has pre-released a chapter of the BIS Annual Economic Report; this chapter focuses on the risks and opportunities presented by large technology firms in the financial services sector.

June 23, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

IOSCO Report Examines Liquidity in Corporate Bond Markets

IOSCO published a report that examines the factors affecting liquidity, under stressed conditions, in the secondary corporate bond markets.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

FED Publishes Results of the 2019 Stress Tests for Banks

FED published a report presenting results of the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) exercise for 2019.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

BCBS Report Examines Global Pillar 2 Supervisory Review Practices

BCBS published a report that examines the Pillar 2 supervisory review practices and approaches in Basel member jurisdictions.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

IASB Publishes Work Plan and Meeting Updates for June 2019

IASB published an updated work plan and a summary of its June meeting, which presents preliminary decisions of the Board.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

HKMA Publishes Banking Exposure Limits Code Under Banking Ordinance

HKMA issued a circular to all authorized institutions informing that the Banking (Exposure Limits) Code has been published in the Gazette on June 21, 2019.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

OSFI Proposes Guideline on Internal Model Oversight for Insurers

OSFI proposed the draft guideline E-25 on the internal model oversight framework for federally regulated property and casualty (P&C) insurance companies.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

EBA Single Rulebook Q&A: Third Update for June 2019

Under the Single Rulebook question and answer (Q&A) updates for this week, EBA published one answer regarding the calculation of institution-specific countercyclical capital buffer rates.

June 21, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

BCBS Publishes Summary of the Meeting in June 2019

BCBS published a summary of its June meeting in Basel.

June 20, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
News

OCC Bulletin on Risk Management Guidance for Home Mortgage Lending

OCC published Bulletin 2019-28 on risk management guidance for higher-loan-to-value (LTV) lending activities in communities targeted for revitalization.

June 19, 2019 WebPage Regulatory News
RESULTS 1 - 10 OF 3298