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1 Board Risk & Compliance Charter 10 December 2015 PURPOSE 1) The purpose of the Westpac Banking Corporation (Westpac) Board Risk & Compliance () is to assist the Board of Westpac (Board) as the Board oversees the risk profile, approves the Risk Management Strategy and Group Risk Appetite Statement of Westpac and its related bodies corporate (Westpac Group) and makes its annual declaration to APRA on risk management. 2) To fulfil its responsibilities the has power delegated by the Board to review and recommend the Risk Management Strategy and Group Risk Appetite Statement to the Board for approval; set risk appetite consistent with the Group Risk Appetite Statement; approve frameworks; policies and processes for managing risk (consistent with the Risk Management Strategy and Group Risk Appetite Statement); and review and where appropriate approve risks beyond the approval discretion provided to management. 3) The has free and unfettered access to senior management, risk and financial control personnel in carrying out its duties. COMPOSITION 4) The membership and the Chairman of the will be as determined from time to time by the Board. The Chairman of the must be an independent Director and not the Chairman of the Board. The will consist of at least three Directors, all of whom must be non-executive Directors and the majority of the members of the must be independent. 5) Should the Chairman of the be absent from a meeting, the members of the present will appoint a Chairman for that particular meeting. MEETINGS 6) The will meet at least four times annually or more frequently if necessary. Westpac Banking Corporation ABN

2 7) The may request any officer or employee of the Westpac Group, external legal counsel, the external auditor or any person or group with relevant experience or expertise to attend meetings of the or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the. 8) Other Directors of the Board are entitled to attend meetings and will receive copies of the papers upon request. 9) A quorum for any meeting will be two members. The Secretary of the (Secretary) will be the Westpac Group Company Secretary or his or her designated representative. 10) The agenda and supporting documentation will be circulated to the members within a reasonable period in advance of each meeting. The Secretary will circulate minutes of meetings to members of the and the Board. 11) Where approvals are granted outside a meeting of the, a report is to be provided to the next meeting of the. 12) The may adopt any rules and regulations considered appropriate for the conduct of its affairs, provided that they are consistent with the Westpac Constitution, the Westpac Board Charter, this Charter (as amended from time to time), or any resolution of the Board. REPORTING 13) The Chairman of the will regularly update the Board about activities and make appropriate recommendations. The minutes of each meeting will be tabled at the next Board meeting. 14) (a) The Board Audit having primary responsibility for oversight of any matters relating to taxation risks and accounting, internal control, audit or compliance concerns received through the whistleblower reporting process, the will refer to the Board Audit any matters that have come to the attention of the that are relevant for the Board Audit. (b) The Board Technology having primary responsibility for oversight of risks associated with major technology programs, the will refer to the Board Technology any matters that have come to the attention of the that are relevant for the Board Technology. 15) The will provide relevant periodic assurances to the Board Audit. 16) The will refer to the Board Remuneration any matters that come to its attention that are relevant for the Board Remuneration with respect to risk-adjusted remuneration and to other Board s any matters that come to the attention of the that are relevant for those respective Board s. 17) At the discretion of the Chairman and members of the, matters considered to be of major importance will be referred to the Board for its attention. Board Risk and Compliance Charter 2

3 RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES 18) The will monitor and provide recommendations to the Board on the Westpac Group s Risk Management Strategy, monitor the alignment of the Westpac Group s risk profile and controls with risk appetite (as defined in the Group Risk Appetite Statement ), and will oversee the identification, management and reporting of risks inherent in the Westpac Group s operations, including that sufficient resources are dedicated to risk management and compliance. Such oversight will include, but is not restricted to, the elements in the Responsibilities and Duties section. Risk appetite 19) Establish a view of Westpac Group s current and future risk position relative to its risk appetite and capital strength. 20) Review and recommend the Group Risk Appetite Statement to the Board for approval and review and monitor the risk profile of Westpac Group for consistency with the Group Risk Appetite Statement. Overall risk governance 21) The will do all things necessary on its part along with management to establish and maintain a sound risk management culture within the Westpac Group. It will also review, and oversee senior management s implementation of the Westpac Group Risk Management Strategy and measuring, monitoring and reporting on aggregate risk exposures associated with risk types within the Westpac Group monitored by the. Capital 22) Oversee and approve the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process and in doing so: a) review the outcomes of Westpac Group stress testing; and b) set the target capital ranges for regulatory capital having regard to Westpac Group s internal economic capital measures. 23) Review and monitor capital levels for consistency with the Westpac Group s risk appetite. Credit risk 24) Review and approve the Westpac Group Credit Risk Management Framework. 25) Review and approve key policies and associated risk concentration limits supporting the Westpac Group Credit Risk Management Framework, including policies for the credit risk rating system, managing large exposures, industry concentration and country risk and cross-border risk. 26) Review and approve the limits and conditions that apply to credit risk approval authority delegated to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Risk Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, and any other officers of the Westpac Group to whom the Board has delegated credit approval authority. Board Risk and Compliance Charter 3

4 27) Review and approve credit risk exposures outside the authority delegated to management. 28) Review the credit risk profile, performance and management of the Westpac Group s credit portfolio, including portfolio asset quality, portfolio concentrations, provisioning levels, bad debt performance, risk rating system and associated risk estimates. 29) Review and approve material changes, as determined by the Chief Risk Officer, to the provisioning methodology for the Westpac Group. Market risk 30) Review and approve the Westpac Group Market Risk Management Framework. 31) Review and approve key policies and limits supporting the Market Risk Management Framework including, but not limited to, Value at Risk Limits and Net Interest Income at Risk Limits. 32) Review the monitoring of the Westpac Group s market risk performance and exposure against limits. 33) Review key market risk positions, including structural interest rate risk positions for the Westpac Group. Liquidity risk 34) Review and approve the Westpac Group Liquidity Risk Management Framework. 35) Review and approve key policies and limits supporting the Liquidity Risk Management Framework. 36) Review and approve the annual funding strategy for the Westpac Group and oversee management s monitoring of that plan. 37) Oversee stress testing results, including approving liquidity targets and limits. 38) Review the monitoring of the Westpac Group s liquidity position and requirements. 39) Review and approve recovery and resolution plans, as required. Operational risk 40) Review and approve the Westpac Group Operational Risk Management Framework. 41) Review the monitoring of the performance of operational risk management and controls. 42) Review and approve key policies supporting the Operational Risk Management Framework. Reputation risk 43) Review and approve the Westpac Group Reputation Risk Management Framework. 44) Review the monitoring of the performance of Westpac Group s reputation risk management and controls. Board Risk and Compliance Charter 4

5 Compliance management 45) Review and approve the Westpac Group Compliance Management Framework. 46) Review the compliance processes that are in place to anticipate and effectively manage the impact of regulatory change on the Westpac Group s operations. 47) Review compliance by the Westpac Group with applicable laws, regulations and regulatory requirements that may impact the Westpac Group s risk profile. 48) Discuss with management and the external auditor any correspondence with regulators or government agencies and any published reports that raise issues material to the Westpac Group. 49) Review the policies and procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Westpac Group about accounting, internal control, audit, compliance or other matters about which an employee has concerns. Other risks (including sustainability risk, equity risk, related entity risk, insurance risk, financial crime, conduct risk, business risk, and others as identified by the ) 50) Review and approve other risk management frameworks not specifically referred to in this Charter, and/or review the monitoring of performance under those frameworks (as appropriate). Other responsibilities 51) Monitor changes anticipated for the economic and business environment, including consideration of emerging trends and other factors considered relevant to the Westpac Group s risk profile and risk appetite. 52) Receive and review reports as required by regulation. 53) Recommend to the Board the appointment and removal of the Chief Risk Officer. 54) Review the performance of, and set objectives for, the Chief Risk Officer. The Chief Risk Officer will have unfettered access to the Westpac Board and the. 55) Review and update the Charter at least every two years and recommend changes to the Board for approval. 56) Review its own performance as part of the annual Board evaluation process and report such findings to the Board. 57) Retain independent legal, accounting or other advisors to the extent the considers necessary. 58) Members of the will be available to meet with APRA and other regulators on request. Board Risk and Compliance Charter 5

6 DOCUMENT CHANGE HISTORY Version Number Conducted by Approved by Date Description of changes 1 Risk Management 2 Risk Management 3 Risk Management 4 Risk Management Board 15 July 2010 Annual Review minor amendments made Board 12 July 2011 Annual Review minor amendments made Board 1 May 2012 Annual Review minor amendments made Board 5 May 2014 Biennial Review amendments made to comply with prudential standard changes. 5 Board Risk & Compliance Board 10 December 2015 Annual Review amendments made to comply with prudential standard changes. Board Risk and Compliance Charter 6

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