Regulators in Australia
The supervisory and regulatory framework in Australia consists of three main bodies:
Regulatory Environment — Australia
Balance sheet reporting
This type of reporting is concerned with the information on balance sheet and profit and loss required by regulators to assess the financial position of businesses. It includes monthly reports on statement of financial position required by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), and Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In addition, there are usually a number of breakdown reports like impaired assets, deposits and loans classified by state and territory, intra-group receivables and payable, interest on income and expenses and other operating income and expenses, business finance, commercial finance statistics, securities held or issued, off balance sheet exposure analysis etc.
Points of presence reporting
Capital Adequacy Reporting
Interest rate risk reporting
Large exposures reporting
Balance of payment reporting
Cross border exposures
Firms are faced with investing time, effort and resource to:
So how can we help you?
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides regulatory reporting solutions throughout the world for banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions. By leveraging a global data model (DataFoundation), a standardised integral development environment, fully integrated calculation capabilities and a global runtime engine for reporting, we can provide local reporting efficiently consistently for any jurisdiction.
The main benefits of the our regulatory reporting solution include:
As leaders in the field of risk and regulatory solutions Wolters Kluwer Financial Services understands your business needs. Our heritage in and in-depth knowledge of the financial market enables the development of our solutions to be so flexible that they meet the needs of ALL firms whatever the size or complexity.
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services leads the way in risk and regulatory compliance solutions and has clients such as ANZ .
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides full coverage to all banks legally bound to report to APRA, RBA and ASIC.
Asset & Liability Management (ALM)
ALM is being embraced as more than just a tool to monitor and manage interest rate risk in the banking book. It is a process for managing balance sheets against other risks that affect earnings and portfolio valuations of banks, shifts in customer behavior, future balance sheet growth, and impact of business strategies (pricing, hedging, growth, and planning).
In light of the financial crisis, firms of all shapes and sizes are re-evaluating their ALM model. In order to earn an adequate return, the need to assess and mitigate the adverse value and income impact of changes in the market has become even more vital.
So how do different types of financial institutions manage their ALM requirements today?
Large, tier one firms typically develop their ALM systems in-house, a luxury few smaller firms can’t afford. These systems typically include sophisticated and finely tuned functionality for value exposure, value-at-risk, dynamic simulation, earnings-at-risk, and treasury view.
In the past, smaller firms have found solutions for meeting ALM requirements to be over-complicated, difficult to integrate with incumbent systems, resource-dependent and cost-prohibitive. For these reasons they have resorted to using alternative methods such as spreadsheets or independent consultants, neither of which is ideal.
Until now the sheer cost of developing and supporting an in-house ALM system has been restrictive to smaller firms but the need to have accurate visibility into the future position of the firm is critical.
Our heritage and in-depth knowledge of the market have enabled the configuration of our solution to be so flexible that it meets the needs of ALL firms; from those with highly complex derivatives to those with a vanilla approach.
Our ALM solution provides a comprehensive range of capabilities covering the following areas:
And for the smaller firm
Our rich ALM solution offers functionality that delivers immediate return on investment by taking a ‘compact’ approach with risk management features that absorb complexity. Along with evaluating a mismatch between assets and liabilities, our ALM solution also manages risks arising due to liquidity and interest rate in banking books.
With our ALM solution firms can:
The 6-step process for ALM
Embracing advanced Basel II approaches and capital management practices
Australia, one of the leading adopters of Basel II in the Asia Pacific and Japan region, and a gateway to principal financial centres, implemented the simple as well as the most advanced approaches of Basel II guidelines into their national regulations from 2008.
For effective Basel II framework implementation, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) synchronizes with Authorised Deposit Institutions (ADIs) on improvements to risk measurement, risk management and data management.
In addition, the APRA allows banks using the IRB approach for credit risk capital calculations to use the Advanced Measurement Approaches (AMA) to calculate operational risk.
Based on measures released by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) on enhancements to Basel II framework, the APRA recently amended their prudential regulations and reporting.
These changes aims to ensure that risks inherent in portfolios of banks relating to trading activities, securitizations and exposures to off-balance sheet vehicles are better reflected in minimum capital requirements and risk management practices.
The amended prudential standards and reporting forms will be effective as of 1 January 2012. The APRA is also implementing a number of other amendments to its prudential standards on capital to clarify existing provisions and support the implementation of the Basel II enhancements.
Our solution provides a sophisticated Basel II module with the ability to calculate the capital charge for credit risk, market risk and operational risk. It can be used as an independent stand alone solution or in combination with our other reporting and risk management solutions assisting banks to meet regulatory requirements and improve their performance over risk.
Harmonisation of global accounting standards
Australia is one of the early adopters of the International Financial Reporting Standards. The Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB) has issued 'Australian equivalents to IFRS' (A-IFRS). A-IFRS is required for all private sector reporting entities and acts as the basis for public sector reporting since 2005.
To improve the reporting requirements for financial instruments the IASB introduced IFRS 9- Financial instruments which eventually will supersede IAS 39. It covers the classification and measurement of financial assets along with a methodology for impairment and hedge accounting.
The objective of IFRS 9 is to establish principles for reporting of financial assets that will present relevant and useful information to users of financial statements for their assessment of the amounts, timing and uncertainty of the entity’s future cash flows.
Recently the IASB issued an exposure draft suggesting the mandatory effective date of IFRS 9 to be changed to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015 (currently 1 January 2013). The comment period of the exposure draft will close on 21 October 2011.The draft also suggests that the proposed deferral would only change the date when IFRS 9 would be mandatory and entities could still elect to use IFRS 9 before 2015.
IFRS 9 equivalent Australian standard AASB 9 will be applicable for annual reporting periods based on final decisions by the IASB but is available for early adoption from the date of issue.
Our IFRS solution enables classification of financial instruments and calculation of valuations using appropriate fair values or amortised costs. It also supports several methods for testing and estimating impairment as required by IAS 39.
Read more about the IFRS solution here.
Liquidity Risk Management
With lessons learnt from the recent liquidity crunch, banks are going beyond simple static financial ratios and gap reports as measures of liquidity risk management. Recent efforts by the European Banking Authority – EBA (formerly Committee of European Banking Supervisors- CEBS), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) and the UK FSA in terms of principles and recommendations have set greater emphasis on liquidity risk management.
Since the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision issued its final paper on ‘Principles for Sound Liquidity Risk Management and Supervision’, banks have been adopting liquidity stress testing scenarios to simulate bank-specific and system risks to their balance sheets.
By modelling their liquidity contingency plans against such scenarios, the measure of a bank’s cash-flow survival horizon can be derived, giving a statement of the effectiveness of its plan against such crisis.
In response to the Basel committee‘s revised set of principles for sound liquidity risk management and supervision, the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) issued a discussion paper on APRA’s prudential approach to ADI liquidity risk on 11 September 2009.
The APRA in its discussion paper proposed enhancements to its current liquidity reporting requirements that are twofold regular liquidity data and ad hoc liquidity data. The main objective is to introduce a standardised reporting framework for collecting regular liquidity data from all Authorised Deposits Institutions (ADIs) and ad-hoc information in case of liquidity stress scenarios.
The regular liquidity data, to be provided on quarterly basis includes a contractual maturity schedule, cash flow analysis; stress test results for APRA defined scenarios or High Quality Liquid Assets (HQLA), funding concentration and liquid assets portfolio composition.
Our liquidity reporting solution supports the current and proposed requirements of APRA and covers returns subject to reporting based on liquidity prudential standard (APS 210).