Commonwealth Bank information
Managing your Commonwealth Bank shareholding
Dividend and dividend reinvestment plan
The Group was a Government owned enterprise until the conversion of the Bank into a public company with share capital on 17 April 1991. The Commonwealth Bank was privatised in three stages:
Link Market Services Limited (Link Market Services) is the share registrar for Commonwealth Bank fully paid ordinary shares (CBA), PERLS VI, PERLS VII and PERLS VIII.
You can find their contact details on the Share registry services page.
It is important for the Bank to ensure that shareholder communications and dividend / distribution statements are delivered to you at the correct registered address or email address. Keeping your nominated account details up to date is also essential for receiving your dividend / distribution by direct credit.
It is recommended that you update your personal details online. Personal details include registered address, ABN/TFN, dividend payment instruction, dividend reinvestment election and communication election.
If your holding is above $50,000 (or $200,000 if part of a portfolio view), for security purposes, you may be requested to make any changes by completing the applicable form or writing to Link Market Services at Locked Bag A14, Sydney South, NSW 1235.
You can download commonly used forms on Link Market Services' website.
If your security holder reference number (SRN) starts with an “I” (Issuer sponsored), there are a number of ways you can update your address:
Whether you update your address by post or online, you will receive a confirmation from the share registry.
If your shareholding reference starts with an “X” (CHESS sponsored), you should contact your broker to update the address for you.
If your security holder reference number (SRN) starts with an "I" (Issuer sponsored), you can change your name by completing a Name Correction form. A certified copy of the birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport or name change certificate must accompany the form.
If your security holder reference number (SRN) starts with an "X" (CHESS sponsored), you should contact your broker to make this change for you.
Note: Supporting document must show both names. Divorce certificate usually does not have maiden name, and therefore will be rejected.
You can buy or sell your shares on the stock market through a broker or through an online broker.
All sales need to go through a broker who is able to trade on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), as these shares are listed on the ASX.
You will need to contact the broker of your choice, as all brokers charge a different fee for their services. These can be either telephone based or internet based brokers. You can find an internet based brokers on the Find a broker page of the ASX website.
You will require your Security holder Reference Number (SRN) or Holder Identification Number (HIN). This can be located on Statements and all personalised forms and would begin with the letter "I" or "X".
If you reside in the United Kingdom, please use this link London Stock Exchange (LSE) to locate a stockbroker who is able to trade on the ASX.
Yes. However, how you transfer your securities will depend upon your individual circumstances. If you are CHESS Sponsored, you will need to contact your sponsoring broker who will arrange the transfer on your behalf.
If you are Issuer Sponsored and wish to transfer your listed securities - i.e. securities listed on the Australian Securities Exchange - to another person you will need to complete an Off Market Transfer Form and pay the applicable fee. Please contact Link Market Services in Sydney on +61 1800 022 440 for further information.
You will need your SRN or HIN to sell your shares. Transfers must be validly completed and signed with identification of the seller, and must meet the Group’s requirements.
Link Market Services provide a range of services to assist you with dealing with a deceased estate. For further information, please refer to the Estate Administration page on Link Market Services' website.
Commonwealth Bank usually pays two dividends each year; interim dividend and final dividend. The current year's dividend announcement dates, ex-dividend dates, record dates and payment dates are available on the financial calendar page.
Commonwealth Bank pays cash dividends to shareholders with registered addresses in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Payment of dividends by direct credit will ensure that you receive your dividends in a safe, efficient and secure way. A dividend statement in the form nominated by you (electronic or paper) will be sent to you for your tax records.
For other geographically based shareholders, you can choose to receive your dividend in cash by either direct credit into a bank account in Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, or posted to you by cheque.
You may also wish to reinvest your dividend proceeds through the Commonwealth Bank Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRP). A copy of the DRP Rules is available on the Dividend Reinvestment Plan page.
Please be reminded that whichever method you have chosen to receive your dividend, it is important to keep your registered address and nominated account details up to date by notifying the share registry.
Historic information about Commonwealth Bank’s declared dividends and DRP prices are available on the Dividend page.
If you wish to change you address, direct credit instructions or DRP intentions or instructions for the next dividend, your notification should be received in writing by the share registrar before 5pm (Sydney time) on the day after the record date (refer to the Financial calendar for the next record date).
If you wish to obtain a copy of a historic dividend statement, please log on through a secured page on the Share registry services page on the Shareholder Centre or on the Investor Centre page of Link Market Services' website. Historic data is available from 1 January 2002.
For dividend information before January 2002, please contact Link Market Services. You may be charged a fee if you request for a replacement statement through Link Market Services.
If you find that you have unpresented dividend cheques, please contact our share registrar Link Market Services. Link Market Services will organise for the original cheque to be stopped and replacement payments made to your nominated account.