2019 highlights

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$92 billion

New lending for Australian home buyers

$36 billion

New lending for Australian businesses

1.2 million

New personal transaction accounts opened for customers

$275 million

Changes to fees and charges benefiting customers

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Students provided with financial education (Start Smart)


CommBank Foundation community grants

$5.1 billion

Low carbon financing


Employee pro bono and volunteering hours

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Our people

$5.9 billion

Salaries and superannuation paid to our people


Women in leadership roles

25.2 hours

Average hours of training per employee


Our people working flexibly

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$7.6 billion

Returned to shareholders
as dividends


Dividend amount received by average retail shareholder


Return on equity (cash basis)


Total shareholder return (1 year)

Our business

Catherine Livingstone

Chairman’s message

“This year, your Board and management team have made significant progress against key governance, accountability, risk and strategic priorities.”

Catherine Livingstone AO

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Matt Comyn

CEO’s message

“Over the past year, we have been taking action to deliver a simpler, better bank to ensure we uphold the Bank's legacy and achieve our purpose.”

Matt Comyn
Chief Executive Officer

Full message

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Our purpose

When the Commonwealth Bank of Australia was established in 1911, it was to be a bank for all Australians and all businesses, a bank that would help the economy flourish and people prosper. It was to be a bank of which the nation could be proud. This has always been our purpose: to improve the financial wellbeing of the customers and communities we serve. 

Our business

Commonwealth Bank of Australia is one of Australia’s leading providers of financial services. We serve the needs of more than 17.4 million customers with a focus on retail and commercial banking.

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Our strategy

Our strategy is to become a simpler, better bank that delivers balanced and sustainable outcomes for our customers, community, our people and shareholders.

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Simplify our business

We are becoming a simpler, more focused bank, fully aligned to meeting the needs of customers in our core markets.

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Lead in retail and commercial banking

We will continue to invest in our market-leading retail bank and strengthen our commercial banking business.

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Best in digital

We aim to provide the best digital banking experiences globally by making banking simple, smart and secure.

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Delivering balanced and sustainable outcomes

Our performance

Financial performance

Overview of the Bank’s financial performance for the 2019 financial year.

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Non-financial performance

Our environmental, customer, social and governance performance metrics.

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Climate-related financial disclosures

We disclose our progress, performance and plans in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

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Things you should know

  • 2019 Annual General Meeting

    The Bank's 2019 Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 9:30am (Sydney time) in the Darling Harbour Theatre at the International Convention Centre Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, New South Wales. Find out more.