ANZ to Refund $5 Million to Clients

ANZ Chief Executive Shayne Elliot

ANZ Chief Executive Shayne Elliot

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group is refunding around 25,000 customers approximately $5 million after it failed to properly apply some fee reductions and fee waivers

The refunds to affected customers also include an additional amount of interest. Some customers’ refunds include a component to cover the overpayment of credit card insurance premiums resulting from the impact of these errors on their account balances.

The failure arose as a result of breakdowns in the interaction between automated and manual processes, and in particular, the lack of reliability of some manual processes and controls. ANZ has implemented a permanent automated solution with a system-based automated waiver, eliminating the need for manual intervention.

Failure of Manual Processes

«ANZ's Access Basic account is specifically designed for low income consumers who are unable to pay high fees. This matter highlights the importance of appropriately managing manual processes to apply fee waivers and discounts, and designing and maintaining robust systems to support such features,» said Peter Kell Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) Deputy Chairman.

ANZ has commenced contacting affected customers to explain the error and the reimbursement and intends to complete the remediation process by the end of April 2016.

The matter was reported by ANZ to ASIC under its breach reporting obligations in the Corporations Act. ASIC acknowledges the cooperation of ANZ in its handling of this matter.

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