Policy: Banking Facilities
- Staff maintaining or entering into banking agreements/credit facilities on behalf of the University are required to comply with all directions from ANU Council or its delegated authority, including:
- To strengthen the University’s capacity to detect, manage and escalate fraud, financial crime, money laundering and terrorist financing.
- To develop a robust framework that proactively verifies the information of vendors and customers to ensure risks associated with AML/CTF are appropriately mitigated.
- To reduce the University’s risks of being subject to fraudulent activity and/or financial loss as a result of criminal activity relating to fraud and financial crime, money laundering or terrorist financing by inadvertently facilitating transactions that enable such activities.
- To ensure the University meets international obligations as well as Commonwealth regulations, ensuring the University is not vulnerable to serious and organised crime including fraud and tax evasion and other criminal and corrupt activities.
- The University, through its staff is required to take reasonable measures to understand the ownership structure of all customers and vendors, including beneficial owners and controlling entities. This is to enable the University to sufficiently understand the customer or vendor they are dealing with, to be able to properly assess the potential money laundering and terrorist financing risks associated with the business relationship and assess appropriate steps to mitigate that risk. Where possible, the due diligence should be conducted through searches of Australian and foreign government registers of businesses.
- Reasonable measures in exercising due diligence include:
- verification of the full names of the customer/vendor and the legal and beneficial owners;
- authentication of legal and beneficial owners through verification of date of birth or residential address; and
- for vendors, verifying the address of the place of business, full bank details and a tax identification number.
- In accordance with FATF guidelines, transactions with countries that are not formally registered in line with local business registration requirements, or states that are the subject of United Nations Security Council or the Australian governments’ Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 (Cth) and its associated Autonomous Sanctions Regulations 2011, are considered risky and engaging with these organisations may trigger consequences. For client or vendor bank accounts located in high-risk countries, Anti-Money Laundering compliance is obligatory. This includes performing necessary background checks and verification.
- The University will collect information on the purpose and intended nature of the business relationship of vendors.
- A comprehensive client due diligence is undertaken to identify and verify beneficial owners of a customer or vendor that is a legal person or arrangement. When a customer or vendor is acting on behalf of another person (such as parents of a student), reasonable steps are undertaken to verify the identity of that other person.
Delegations relevant to this policy
- 000238: Authority to deal with all matters relating to University bank accounts and credit facilities including the appointment of officers with signing authorities
- 000239: Exercise signing authority in respect of the University bank accounts and credit facilities
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|Purpose||To inform staff of the requirements for operating ANU bank accounts and credit facilities|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Finance - Banking|
|Effective Date||24 Nov 2022|
|Next Review Date||24 Nov 2027|
|Responsible Officer:||Chief Financial Officer|
|Contact Area||Finance and Business Services|
Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013
Information generated and received by ANU staff in the course of conducting business on behalf of ANU is a record and should be captured by an authorised recordkeeping system. To learn more about University records and recordkeeping practice at ANU, see ANU recordkeeping and Policy: Records and archives management.