Introducing APRA

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is the prudential regulator of the financial services industry.

We oversee Australia’s banks, credit unions, building societies, life and general insurance companies and reinsurance companies, friendly societies and most of the superannuation industry.

Introducing APRA

APRA currently supervises institutions holding $4.5 trillion in assets for Australian depositors, policyholders and superannuation fund members.

Our vision is to be a world-class integrated prudential supervisor recognised for its leadership, professionalism and innovation.

Our core mission is to establish and enforce prudential standards and practices designed to ensure that, under all reasonable circumstances, financial promises made by institutions we supervise are met within a stable, efficient and competitive financial system.

We also act as the national statistical agency for the Australian financial sector.

Our values underpin the critical role we play in protecting the financial well-being of the Australian community. High standards are required in everything we do. In our work and in our interactions with others, we value and seek to demonstrate:

  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism
  • Foresight
  • Accountability

Our supervisory approach is forward looking, primarily risk-based, consultative, consistent and in line with international best practice. The approach also recognises that management and boards of supervised institutions are primarily responsible for financial soundness.