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Response to submissions and consequential changes - Reporting Standard ARS 220.0 Credit exposures and provisions

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Published 8 June 2021

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is releasing a response to submissions on the new Reporting Standard ARS 220.0 Credit Exposures and Provisions (ARS 220.0). APRA is also commencing consultation on consequential changes to ADI reporting standards and forms that will be affected by the revised Prudential Standard APS 220 Credit Risk Management (APS 220).

Background

ARS 220.0 will complement the modernised APS 220. APRA released a draft ARS 220.0 for consultation in October 2020, with submissions due in January 20211. ARS 220.0 is the first ADI collection to be designed based on a concept-dimension data model which will provide data that can be used for multiple purposes and moves away from traditional form-based returns. APRA’s collection of more granular data will reduce the regulatory data burden on industry by minimising the duplication of data collections and reducing the number of future ad-hoc data requests. 

Since January 2021, APRA has held a number of bilateral discussions with ADIs and industry bodies to gain feedback on the proposed reporting standard and APRA’s likely response. APRA has used formal consultation feedback as well as feedback from these discussions to develop its response.

Submissions received

APRA received 13 submissions to its October 2020 consultation – three from industry bodies, two from RegTech providers and eight from ADIs. 

Industry feedback from formal consultation and industry discussions was very supportive of moving to a granular collection. However, this feedback indicated ADIs would experience difficulty in providing all the data required under ARS 220.0 by the 1 January 2022 implementation date.

Industry feedback also referred to the use of the 2006 Australia and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification (ANZSIC) to classify data by industry, noting that some ADIs use earlier versions of ANZSIC.

Implementation and timing

In response to industry feedback, APRA proposes a phased implementation of ARS 220.0: 

  • an interim and simplified reporting standard will apply while ADIs develop their solutions for delivering the full suite of credit risk data collected by ARS 220.0; and
     
  • the final full reporting standard to be developed at the same time, following consultation with industry. A draft timeline can be found in Appendix A. This timeline is indicative only and will change as APRA gains a greater understanding of the complexities involved in the design of the new collection. 

APRA will also seek to incorporate into the final full reporting standards data that supports the updated credit risk capital framework requirements included in Prudential Standard APS 112 Capital Adequacy: Standardised Approach to Credit Risk and Prudential Standard APS 113 Capital Adequacy: Internal Ratings-based Approach to Credit Risk as appropriate.

Industry classification

Some ADIs indicated that they use pre-2006 versions of ANZSIC and indicated they would need to re-work their systems to be able to report data by industry using ANZSIC 2006. APRA seeks feedback from ADI’s on the impediments to transitioning to ANZSIC 2006 in time for full ARS 220.0 implementation in early 2023.

Consultation on consequential changes to reporting forms and standards

Under the new APS 220, the term impaired will no longer be used and will be replaced with the term non-performing. Currently eight ADI reporting standards and the reporting taxonomy of Reporting Form ARF 743.0 ABS/RBA Housing Finance (ARF 743.0) use the term impaired and refer to the current Prudential Standard APS 220 Credit Quality

Consequently, APRA proposes aligning these reporting standards and forms to the revised prudential standard by replacing the term impaired with the new term non-performing. As described in the March 2019 discussion paper1 this change expands the scope of exposures covered to include those that are in default but are well-secured. This change enhances international comparability of ADI reporting of non-performing exposures and provides clarity in mapping provisions to their regulatory treatment.

APRA proposes these consequential changes will be effective commencing 1 January 2022. Updated draft reporting standards are available to be viewed at: Proposed revisions to the credit risk management framework for authorised deposit-taking institutions.

ADIs are invited to comment on the proposed changes. Written submissions should be sent to DataConsultations@apra.gov.au by 6 July 2021 and addressed to:

Senior Manager, Data Strategy and Frameworks
Data Analytics and Insights
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

Yours sincerely,

 

Alison Bliss
General Manager
Cross-Industry Insights and Data Division

Footnotes:

1Proposed revisions to the credit risk management framework for authorised deposit-taking institutions

Appendix: High Level Timeframe - 220 Strategic Collection

Timeframe

Activity

Q3 2021

  • Pilot collection (pilot group only)
  • Release of high-level data expectations to industry

Q4 2021

  • Pilot collection (pilot group only)

Q1 2022

  • Quarterly incremental collections

Q2 2022

  • Quarterly incremental collections

Q3 2022

  • Quarterly incremental collections

Q4 2022

  • Quarterly incremental collections
  • Release of finalised standards

Q1 2022

 

Q2 2023 (March quarter end)

  • First formal collection

Q3 2023

  • Tactical standards cease
2021