Australia: banks not delivering on Home Loan Fact Sheets
06 Mar 2012
A CHOICE investigation reveals that banks are not
delivering on Home Loan Fact Sheets and calls on consumers to
Today in Australia's banking headquarters, Sydney's
Martin Place, CHOICE launches 'Move Your Money', a new campaign
aimed at helping thousands of Australians look beyond the 'big
four' banks to save money and drive competition.
The launch of Move Your Money comes as a CHOICE investigation
reveals the banks are not providing consumers with Home Loan Fact
Sheets, part of the Australian Government's banking reforms.
Home Loan Fact Sheets rarely provided
The CHOICE mystery shoppers found that only one of 18 branches
visited in Sydney provided the fact sheet when asked for comparable
home loan information to take away.
Given the recent behaviour of the major banks, CHOICE says it's
time to shift the balance of power towards consumers through three
- Sign up: CHOICE is calling on Australians to sign the Move Your
Money petition at www.choice.com.au/moveyourmoney and deliver a
message to the 'big four' bank CEOs that enough is enough
- Shop around: CHOICE will provide everyone who signs the Move
Your Money petition with independent and trusted information on how
to find a better deal on home loans, credit cards, savings and
transaction accounts, including through the Compare, Ditch &
Switch comparison tool and a CHOICE switching kit
- Switch: CHOICE will share experiences from campaign supporters
who find a better deal and move their money, including those who
dump their 'big four' bank in favour of smaller institutions such
as credit unions and mutuals
Dump the big four banks
"The CHOICE Move Your Money campaign is about consumers standing
up and saying 'enough is enough', sending the big four bank CEOs a
message in a language they understand," says Christopher Zinn,
CHOICE director of campaigns and communications.
"With recent interest rate increases, this is a crucial time for
Australians to be able to shop around, for example through Home
Loan Fact Sheets, but it seems the last thing the banks want to do
is help customers compare products on their merits.
"The major banks rely on perceptions that switching is too much
hassle or that there are no better deals out there. But experience
shows that consumers can save by also 'thinking small', and moving
your money is now easier than before," says Mr Zinn.
Global bank switch movement
CHOICE says that Australia's Move Your Money campaign follows
the success of similar actions in the US, where over four million
accounts have moved from major banks over 18 months, with another
12 million predicted to follow.
"At the moment, the big banks are taking Australian consumers
for granted. The CHOICE Move Your Money aims to change that by
providing consumers with the information they need to find a better
deal and switch," says Mr Zinn.
CHOICE wants Australians to join the Move Your Money campaign by
going to choice.com.au/moveyourmoney
and signing the petition.
CHOICE's Move Your Money campaign aims to build ahead of World
Consumer Rights Day on 15 March 2012. Other consumer organisations
in Europe have organised a similar campaign also called 'Move your
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