Overview

CBA is committed to meeting its regulatory obligations in identifying, mitigating and managing money laundering and terrorist financing risk.  It seeks to protect its customers, employees and the community from ML/TF activities and recognises that it plays a critical role in this regard.

CBA continues to invest significantly in its AML/CTF compliance programme.  Recent projects have included upgrading and enhancing its AML/CTF technology, updating its AML/CTF policies and process documentation, investing in further resourcing and strengthening the training of its personnel.

 

AML/CTF Policy

The CBA Group AML/CTF Policy sets out the AML/CTF principles which apply to all entities of CBA and its subsidiaries.  The policy contains principles in relation to:   

  • The identification, mitigation and management of ML/TF risk
  • Governance
  • Training and Awareness 
  • Customer Due Diligence including On-going Customer Due Diligence 
  • Employee due diligence 
  • Outsourcing and agents
  • Reporting 
  • Record-keeping
  • Independent Review
  • The Customers and transactions that are outside the Group’s ML/TF risk tolerance 

All CBA Group entities are required to comply with the Group AML/CTF Policy irrespective of their geographic location. Where the laws of a particular overseas jurisdiction are of a higher standard than that prescribed in the Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth), then the higher standard is to be applied.  

The principles contained within CBA’s Group AML/CTF Policy are to be read in conjunction with CBA’s Joint AML/CTF Program.

AML/CTF Program

CBA’s Joint Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) Program (the Program) has been prepared for the purposes of complying with obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) (the Act) and the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules. 

The Program is comprised of two Parts: Part A and Part B.  The primary purpose of Part A is to identify, mitigate and manage the risk of being involved in or facilitating (whether inadvertently or otherwise) money laundering or the financing of terrorism.  Part B documents the Program requirements in relation to Customer Due Diligence information and verification for AML/CTF purposes.  

CBA’s Joint AML/CTF Program will apply to overseas subsidiaries in so far as the Act applies. Other policies and procedures may be put in place to assist an overseas subsidiary to comply with local AML/CTF laws.

The Program is supported by CBA’s Group AML/CTF Policy and AML/CTF Group Standards.

AML/CTF Certifications

If you have any further questions, please speak to your CommBank representative.

CIP Notice

U.S. Procedures for New Account Openings or Establishing a New Customer Relationship for Commonwealth Bank of Australia or Commonwealth Australia Securities LLC located in the USA Mandated by the USA PATRIOT Act and the FinCEN CDD Rule

To help the U.S. Government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, U.S. Federal law requires all U.S. financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person and each legal entity that opens an account or establishes a customer relationship.  Federal law also requires all U.S. financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies the beneficial owners of a legal entity that opens an account or establishes a customer relationship.

What this means for you:  When you or your business entity opens an account or establishes a new customer relationship with Commonwealth Bank of Australia or Commonwealth Australia Securities in the USA, we will request information and supporting documents which will allow us to identify you. We will ask for your name, address, date of birth and other identification information as applicable.  If you are opening an account on behalf of a business entity, we will also ask for the names, addresses, dates of birth and other identification information for the beneficial owners who own and/or control the business entity.  Documents relating to the business entity’s formation, existence and authority also may be requested. We will use this information to verify your identity and, where applicable, the identity of your business entity’s beneficial owners.

As appropriate, we may, in our discretion, ask for additional documentation or information. If all required documentation or information is not provided, we may be unable to open an account or establish a customer relationship with you.

Further Information

If you have any further questions, please speak to your Commonwealth Bank representative. 

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