A subsidiary of a major lender has announced changes to its accreditation requirements for new brokers, which it has said reflect “evolving industry practice and regulator expectations”.
Following recent changes to its broker commission structure, Commonwealth Bank (CBA) subsidiary Bankwest has announced new accreditation requirements, along with revised mentorship standards.
Bankwest will require all new accreditations and brokers transferring to a new aggregator to:
The bank noted that the changes do not apply to brokers already accredited or to brokers that have already applied for accreditation.
Further, the non-major has announced revised mentorship standards designed to make it “clearer for both mentors and mentees to understand the expectations on both parties”.
Bankwest will now require a signed Bankwest Mentoring Agreement for brokers seeking accreditation with less than two years of industry experience.
As part of the Mentoring Agreement, mentors must:
Mentees will be required to:
“These changes, along with updated commission structure, will ensure that, together, we align to evolving industry practice and regulator expectations to deliver better customer outcomes,” general manager of third party Ian Rakhit said.
Mr Rakhit added: “These final changes are important to all of us and they will ultimately result in a stronger and more sustainable broker industry which will continue to deliver amazing results for our customers.
“We value our relationship with [brokers] and look forward to working together to build a more sustainable industry.”
Bankwest’s announcement follows changes introduced by CBA in December 2017, which include requiring new brokers or brokers transferring to a new aggregator to:
More to come.
[Related: Bankwest announces broker commission changes]
Charbel Kadib is a journalist on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.
Before joining the team in 2017, Charbel held roles with public relations agency Fifty Acres, and the Department of Communications and the Arts.
Charbel graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism).
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