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In relation to corporate governance, ANZ's Board seeks to:

  • embrace principles and practices it considers to be best practice internationally
  • be an 'early adopter', where appropriate, by complying before a published law or recommendation takes effect
  • take an active role in discussions of corporate governance best practice and associated regulation in Australia and overseas.

ANZ's 2013 Corporate Governance Statement can be accessed below:

As a company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), ANZ is required to disclose how it has applied the ASX Corporate Governance Council's Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (ASX Governance Principles) during the financial year, explaining any departures from them.

ANZ has complied with each of the ASX Governance Principles throughout the 2013 financial year.

Full details of the location of the references in ANZ's 2013 Corporate Governance Statement (and elsewhere) which specifically set out how ANZ applies each of the ASX Governance Principles can be found in this document:

Copies/Summaries of some of ANZ's key documents related to Corporate Governance can be found below.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible to shareholders for the governance of the Group, and oversees its operations and financial performance.

Board related charters

The charters below highlight the purpose, powers, and specific responsibilities of ANZ's Board and its Committees.

Codes of Conduct and Ethics

ANZ has two main Codes of Conduct and Ethics which provide employees and Directors with a practical set of guiding principles to help them make decisions in their day to day work. The Codes embody honesty, integrity, quality and trust, and employees and Directors are required to demonstrate these behaviours and comply with the Codes whenever they are identified as representatives of ANZ.

Conduct and Ethics Policy Framework

The Codes of Conduct and Ethics are supported by detailed policies that together form ANZ's Conduct and Ethics Policy Framework. Summaries of those policies are set out below:

Other company policies

Summaries of other relevant company policies are set out below:

Other corporate governance matters

Other key corporate governance matters include:

ANZ Customer Charter

Code of Banking Practice

ANZ is a member of the Australian Bankers' Association and we act in accordance with the Code of Banking Practice, a voluntary code which sets standards of good banking practice.

Continuous Disclosure

Consistent with ANZ's commitment to shareholder communication and continuous disclosure, ANZ provides shareholders and the wider market with timely, quality information on our strategy, programs and initiatives, and performance. All relevant information is posted below and on the Australian Securities Exchange website.

A summary of ANZ’s Continuous Disclosure Policy is available above.