APRA has today commenced a short consultation on remaking Prudential Standard APS 910 Financial Claims Scheme (APS 910). APS 910 is due to sunset on 1 October 2023, and APRA is consulting on the proposal to remake it with minor updates.
APRA’s prudential standard for the Financial Claims Scheme (APS 910)
APS 910 forms a key pillar of APRA’s crisis management framework. The standard requires locally-incorporated authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) to be pre-positioned for the Financial Claims Scheme (FCS). As demonstrated by international events earlier this year, effective crisis preparedness is a critical attribute of a safe and stable financial system and one which cannot be understated.
APRA proposes to leave APS 910 unchanged at this stage, other than for minor updates to ancillary provisions.1 This approach will ensure that APS 910 continues to apply to ADIs, supporting crisis preparedness. APRA plans to commence a comprehensive review of APS 910 at a later date, so as to consider lessons learned from recent international events.
The Financial Claims Scheme
The FCS is an Australian Government scheme to provide financial protection in the unlikely event of a failure of a bank, credit union, building society or general insurer.
The FCS provides protection for depositors of locally-incorporated ADIs, for deposits up to $250,000 per account holder per ADI. The scheme aims to return deposits to account holders within seven days of activation of the FCS.
APRA welcomes feedback by 23 August 2023 on the proposed approach to remaking APS 910. Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com and addressed to: General Manager, Policy.
Executive Director, Policy & Advice
1 This includes removing paragraphs 36 to 42 of APS 910 that are no longer relevant. These paragraphs provided ADIs with transitional arrangements for certain requirements in the first few years after APS 910 came into effect on 1 July 2013. Updates will also be made to the ‘adjustment and exclusions’ provision to align with current practice.
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