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Awards 2009

The Commonwealth Bank is committed to being Australia’s finest financial services organisation through excelling in customer service. To achieve this, we are doing things differently. This determination to be different has been reflected in a number of recent award wins.

The Asian Banker Transaction Banking Award 2009

The Asian Banker Transaction Banking Awards 2009

The Asian Banker Award recognises the annual achievements of banks from around the world rewarding accomplishments for market share, product and operational excellence. We were honoured with:

  • Achievement Award for Cash Management in Australia

Asiamoney Best Managed Companies Award 2009

Each year Asiamoney magazine assesses all listed companies through the Asia Pacific through internal research considering measures such as financial examination ie ROI, share price, corporate governance, and  corporate strategy. This year, Asiamoney considered us:

  • Best Managed Large Cap Company in Australia


Plan For Life/Association of Financial Advisers Awards 2009

Over its 60 years of involvement in the advice industry, the AFA has sought to profile professionals that have made lasting changes to the industry. Their Plan for Life Awards recognise life insurance companies for the work they do in producing appropriate, contemporary insurance products and services for Australians.  This year the Group was recognised with: 

  • Life Company of the Year 2009 (CommInsure)
  • Service Quality Award (CommInsure)
  • Investment Bond of the Year Award (CommInsure)
  • Trauma/Critical Illness Award (CommInsure)


Ethical Investor – Australian Sustainability Awards 2009

The Ethical Investor’s Australian Sustainability Awards recognise best practice in corporate sustainability across Australian Stock Exchange-listed companies. Confirming that we are amongst the best in this area, the Group was recognised with:

  • Special Award for Labour Relations/Human Capital Management


ALB Law Awards 2009

The ALB Australasian Law Awards are the premier event for the Australian and New Zealand legal industry, recognising and celebrating the successes of the past year.  The Group was recently honoured with: 

  • Banking and Financial In-house Team of the Year (Legal Services)
  • Australian In-house Team of the Year (Legal Services)

CFO Awards 2009

The CFO Awards recognise the achievements of the very best in Australian finance.

  • M&A Deal of the Year (Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s acquisition of Bankwest and St Andrews from HBOS)

Interactive Media Awards 2009

The Interactive Media Awards (IMA) recognise the highest standards of excellence in website design and development internationally.

Netbank, CommBiz and have been awarded 'Best in Class for Financial Services' and 'Best in Class for Banking' in the 2009 Interactive Media Awards.

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Money Magazine Awards 2009

Money magazine Awards 2009

These prestigious awards are judged by a team of Money magazine experts who evaluate thousands of products from banks, building societies and credit unions across Australia.

  • NetBank won Money magazine’s 2009 Consumer Finance Award in the category of Banking Website of the Year for the second consecutive year.

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 Global Finance Best Bank Award 2009 logo

Global Finance 2009

Global Finance magazine selects the best financial institutions around the world each year in awards that have become a trusted standard of excellence.

  • We were named Best Bank in Australia and 12th safest bank in the world.
  • The Commonwealth Bank was awarded Best Web Site Design when Global Finance named the 2009 World’s Best Internet Banks in Asia.

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Canstar Cannex Innovation Excellence Award logo 


CANSTAR CANNEX analyses and researches over 20,000 financial products to provide fact-based data and ratings to Australian consumers and financial institutions. They use a star rating system to help consumers find the right product.

Find out which of our products have received a CANNEX 5-star rating.

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Australian Business Awards 2009 Winner Community Contribution 

Australian Business Awards

The Australian Business Awards program honours organisations that demonstrate the core values of business excellence, product excellence, sustainability and commercial success in their industries.

  • The Commonwealth Bank received the 2009 Australian Business Award for Community Contribution, recognising our commitment to developing financial literacy skills in the community and for the work done by the Commonwealth Bank Foundation.

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Australian Banking and Finance Awards 2009

Australian Banking and Finance Awards

The Australian Banking & Finance Awards have grown to become the most prestigious, established and recognised peer reviewed accolades for the Australian financial services industry. In 2009 we were honoured with:

  • Banking Executive of the Year (Employee Choice): Ralph Norris
  • Advertising/Marketing Campaign of the Year: Debit MasterCard campaign
  • Chief Information Officer of the Year: Michael Harte
  • Best Career Development Program

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Insto Award Winner 2009

Insto Awards

Insto is an Australian-based capital markets news service for financial market professionals. Their annual awards are a premier event on the industry calendar attracting the top financial executives from around Australia. In 2009 we were honoured with:

  • Banker of the Year: Ralph Norris
  • International Bonds Issuer of the Year

 Peoples Voice Webby Award 2009

Webby Awards

The Webby Awards is a leading international award honouring excellence on the internet. This includes websites, interactive advertising and online film and video. We were awarded:

  • People’s Voice Winner: CommSec iPhone (Mobile Marketplace & Services)
  • Webby Honouree: CommSec iPhone (Mobile Applications)

iAward 2009 Award Winner 


The iAwards are Australia’s leading information and communication technology awards designed to showcase and launch Australia’s next national and global technology success stories. We were recognised with:

  • National Award Winner: Finest Online
  • National Award Commendation: CommBiz
  • NSW State Winner: Finest Online
  • NSW State Commendation: CommBiz

Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia Excellence Awards 2009 

Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia Excellence Awards

The MFAA Awards recognises and rewards individuals and companies who have excelled and achieved great success – the best of the best in the mortgage and finance industry.

  • We were honoured with Lender of the Year.

Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2009 

Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2009

The Asian Banker Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards were created in 2001 to recognise financial institutions which have excelled in meeting the needs of their retail financial services customers. We were honoured with:

  • Excellence in Internet Banking
  • Excellence in Distribution Network Integration

Australian Private Banking Awards 2009 

Australian Private Banking Awards

The Australian Private Banking Awards recognise institutions and individuals within private banking, private wealth and private client services who excel in areas that are important to their high net worth clients, and which are voted for by these people.

  • We won Outstanding Private Banking Institution of the Year (in the $1m to $10m bracket).

Employer of Choice For Women Logo

Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency

The Group has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women in 2009

The Federal Government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) has released a list of organisations recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women. To be recognised as an EOWA Employer of Choice for Women employers must meet stringent criteria.

The Australian Women’s Weekly Product of the Year Awards

The Australian Women’s Weekly Product of the Year Awards recognise brands that are considered the most trusted and innovative across a range of categories. These include beauty, health, home, lifestyle, family and technology. This is the inaugural year of the Awards and NetBank has been selected as a Finalist in the Favourite IT/Communications category for embodying the best in experience and quality.  

  • Finalist Favourite IT/Communications category - NetBank


The OSCARDS is a professional event hosted by Publi-News, a trade publications house involved in the card banking industry. OSCARDS recognise extraordinary innovation in bankcard applications. In winning an OSCARDS for the ‘Best International Prepaid Card’, the Group has been recognised for extraordinary innovation. This Award win also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing world class travel options to our customers.

  • The Travel Money Card was honoured with an OSCARDS award in the category ‘Best International Prepaid Card’.

CoreData Study

A recent study by CoreData has found that Commonwealth Financial Planners are the ‘most trusted adviser’ in Australia (May, 2009)

The objective of this study was to understand investor and consumer attitudes towards professional financial planners in light of the fallout from the recent global financial crisis. It has been designed to get under the skin of Australian opinion and affection towards financial planners.
Commonwealth Financial planners offer simple, easy to understand expert advice. With over 700 Financial Planners nationally, our large network can assist you with your needs.

Dealer Group of the Year 2009

Dealer Group of the Year

Commonwealth Financial Planning has won the prestigious 2009 Money Management/CoreData Bank “Dealer Group of the Year”.

Commonwealth Financial Planning received the highest rating across a number of measures including a survey of adviser sentiment and factual data from Money Management’s annual Top 100 Dealer Group report.  

To determine the winners independent researcher CoreData analysed the data of the Top 100 Dealer groups- in particular funds under advice and size - as well as the responses from 1695 adviser practitioners rating their own and other dealer groups.