Budget2017

Delivering a Fairer Banking Deal

The Coalition Government wants customers and taxpayers to get a fairer deal from our banks – that’s why we’re delivering greater competition and accountability – now.

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A Fairer Banking Deal for Consumers and Business

A strong and resilient banking and financial system is critical to the strength of our economy. While our banks are strong, there also needs to be greater competition, accountability and fairness in our banking and financial system to deliver a better and fairer deal for consumers and businesses.

We are introducing serious sanctions for misconduct for executives who fail to meet expectations with a new Banking Executive Accountability Regime.

The Coalition Government will also create a new framework for dispute resolution with a one-stop shop – the Australian Financial Complaints Authority – to ensure that customers and small businesses have access to free, fast and binding dispute resolution.

A Fairer Contribution from Major Banks

The Coalition Government will introduce a levy on the major banks’ assessed liabilities. The levy will be used to support budget repair.

Ordinary bank deposits up to $250,000 - including those held by everyday Australians - will be excluded from the levy base. It will not be levied on mortgages.

The levy will not apply to smaller banks and non-bank competitors, superannuation funds and insurance companies.

Greater Competitiveness and Accountability

  • Giving customers greater access and control of their data
  • Action to make Australia a global FinTech hub
  • Dedicated resources for the ACCC to police competition and pricing
  • Levelling the playing field to provide better services, more choice and lower prices

“Our success cannot be taken for granted. We must be determined to secure our opportunities. This Budget is about making the right choices to secure the better days ahead.

Our choices are based on the principles of fairness, security and opportunity. We must choose to focus on growing our economy to secure more and better paying jobs. ”

Treasurer Scott Morrison

Learn more about our plan with regular email updates