Postal address: Link Market Services Limited
Locked Bag A14 Sydney South NSW 1235
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.
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.
Write to the share registry including your full name, SRN, previous address and current address, signed by all holders and indicate that the change of address relates to Commonwealth Bank shares
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 find out your current balance, transaction history and dividend payment information through the Share registry services page on the Shareholder centre or by logging on to the Investor Centre of Link Market Services' website.
You can buy or sell your shares on the stock market through a broker or through an online broker.
If you do not have a broker, the Australian Securities Exchange operates a broker referral service. Please refer to their website www.asx.com.au or call them on 131 279.
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.
For CBA shareholders in all other jurisdictions you should contact the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on +61 2 9338 0000 or visit the ASX website for further information.
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.
Dividend and dividend reinvestment plan
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.
If you wish to participate in the Commonwealth Bank DRP or update your election - please log in to your holding online or alternatively you can request a form by contacting our share registrar Link Market Services.
Historic information about Commonwealth Bank’s declared dividends and DRP prices are available on the Dividend page.
If you wish to change your address, direct credit instructions or DRP intentions or instructions for the next dividend, your notification must be received in writing by the share registrar before 5pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on the day after the record date (refer to the Financial calendar for the next DRP participation deadline).
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.
For historical dividend information, 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.
Receiving shareholder communications
Receiving your shareholder communications electronically is the best way to stay informed and will assist CBA with its commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.
You have a choice for how certain CBA shareholder communications are sent to you. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to make the switch to paperless communications and provide our share registry, Link Market Services, with your email address. You will need your portfolio log in details or your Security holder Reference Number (SRN)/Holder Identification Number (HIN). If you would like to switch to electronic communications, log in and select Communications, click on Preferences and select ALL communications electronically.
You can make an election as to how you would like to receive certain documents including Annual Reports and documents related to shareholders’ meetings (for example AGM notices of meeting and proxy/voting forms):
You can make a standing election to receive the documents in physical or electronic form; or
You can tell us if you do not want to receive a hard-copy of the Annual Report.
You will always be able to access and read our Annual Report or Notice of Meeting when it is published on the CBA Investor Centre and the ASX market announcement platform. However you can also make ad hoc requests to receive documents in physical or electronic form by contacting Link Market Services by phone on +61 1800 022 440 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If at any time you require an additional copy of a communication, or you need more information about the options available to you, please contact Link Market Services by phone on +61 1800 022 440 or by email to email@example.com.
If you would like to update your elections, log in and select Communications.
The Commonwealth Bank was founded under the Commonwealth Bank Act in 1911 and commenced operations in 1912, empowered to conduct both savings and general banking business. Find out more about our history.
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:
In July / August 1991 an offer of newly issued shares in the Bank was made to the public. 230 million shares, comprising 30% of its voting shares, were issued on 12 September 1991 at an issue price of $5.40.
In October 1993, the Commonwealth Government further reduced its shareholding in the Bank to 50.4% of the total number of issued voting shares. 178 million shares were listed on 1 November 1993, at an issue price of $9.35 for retail investors and $9.60 for institutional investors.
In July 1996, the Commonwealth Government made a public offer of its remaining 50.4% shareholding in the Bank. In conjunction with this offer, the Bank agreed to buy back 100 million shares from the Commonwealth Government. The buyback price was $10.01 per share, with the Bank paying the Commonwealth Government just over $1 billion. The public offer and buyback were completed on 22 July 1996. The Government’s public offer was for 399 million shares. Investors paid $6, with the remaining instalment of $4.45 being due on 14 November 1997. Investors were entitled to the three dividends payable in the intervening period.