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More than three-quarters of the profits from Australia’s banks go back to shareholders, including mum and dad investors, many of whom have owned shares in Australian banks for decades. They also go to millions more Australians who own shares through their superannuation funds. 

We're backing Australia by sharing our success with those who helped make it.

That's why our profits don't stay with us – $3 out of $4 goes back to our shareholders. Through our latest half-year dividend, we returned almost $4 billion to our shareholders, including mum and dad investors like Joan and George Habib.

Commonwealth Bank returned nearly $4 billion to shareholders through its second-half 2017 dividend.

CommSec Market Analyst Tom Piotrowski talks to CEO Ian Narev about the importance of a long-term view and consistent dividend payments.

Learn more about our dividends.




For more than 25 years, the Habibs have held onto their Commonwealth Bank shares, watching their investment grow and enjoying steady dividends.

The Adelaide couple have had a long association with us. As well as choosing CBA to buy their first home in 1975, the Habibs were also among the many thousands of Australians who bought shares in the initial public offer of the bank in 1991.

Read more about the Habibs and our 25 years on the ASX.





We're proud of the contribution we make to the Australian economy and the community through taxes, loan provisions, dividends, reinvestment and more.

Learn more about our full-year results.

To learn more about how Australian bank profits are being returned to shareholders, including millions of Australians via their shares and superannuation, visit the Banks Belong to You website


Please note: In 2017, Australia’s eight largest banks paid out on average 76 percent of profits as dividends.