The principles of The Banking and Finance Oath (The BFO) complement and reinforce the norms of conduct highlighted by Commissioner Hayne in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. In the Report Commissioner Hayne emphasises the need for institutions and staff in the financial services industry to have a clear understanding “of what is ethical, of what is efficient, honest and fair, of what is the 'right' thing to do”.

Through awareness and education The BFO aims to continually improve our society by strengthening the ethical foundation of the financial services industry beyond regulation, compliance and professional standards.

This portal is an effort to provide access for individuals working in the financial services industry to build their knowledge and strengthen their ethical foundation, sharpen their ethical lens and as a result, avoid unthinking practices. The BFO in partnership with other industry associations and universities is proud to be offering access to various training programs, research, reources and case studies.

Ethics Framework

A solid Ethics Framework offers a clear statement of what an organisation believes in and what standards it applies.

Discussion Papers

Discussion papers facilitated by The BFO.

Training, Research & Resources

Industry and academic resources from various financial institutions and universities.

Case Studies

Best practice case studies from industry on how to embed The BFO within your organisation.

National Communications Charter

The National Communications Charter (The Charter) is a unified approach and promotes a common language in mental health, mental illness and suicide.


The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.

In these and all other matters;
My word is my bond.

The Vision

A banking and finance industry that meets the community’s needs and has its full confidence thereby fulfilling its integral role in society.