How AFCA assists consumers

The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) can assist you to resolve your complaint about an Australian financial firm.

We are an independent and impartial ombudsman, which means we don’t act on your behalf, or on behalf of the financial services industry.

Instead, we follow a clear complaint resolution process, working with both you and your financial firm. During this process we take into account all the information available as well as the AFCA Rules, which govern what we can consider and what we can do.

Our Operational Guidelines and Approach guides will help you understand in more detail how we will consider and determine your complaint.

We can provide a number of outcomes, including awarding monetary compensation.

Our service is free to access. If you need more support, there are third party agencies you can talk to.

Are you experiencing financial difficulty?

If you are experiencing financial difficulty, we encourage you to contact us.

Examples of financial difficulty include where your financial firm has declined or not responded to your request to vary your repayments due to hardship, you have been issued a default notice, or your financial firm is continuing legal or debt collection action against you after you have made a financial difficulty request to them.

More information about our approach to financial difficulty is available.

Accessible services

We are committed to providing an accessible service to all Australians. If you require other assistance, including phone relay services or translation services, please contact us.

Complaining on behalf of someone else

We can accept a complaint from you on behalf of someone else, which we call being an authorised agent. You will need to notify us if you want to be an authorised representative.

Who and what you can complain about

It is compulsory for all licenced financial services providers in Australia to be an AFCA member and to participate in the AFCA process. You can check if your financial firm is an AFCA member using our online search tool.

We provide specific information about each type of financial firm and what sort of complaints we can handle, including:

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Not sure if we can consider your complaint?

If you’re not sure if you have a complaint that we can consider, we recommend you submit your information to us anyway so we can review it and discuss it with you.

If you lodge a complaint with us and we can’t resolve it for you because it doesn’t meet the requirements of our Rules, there are other places you can go for help.

Making a complaint about a financial firm

You can complain to AFCA using our online form. You can use our Live Chat to ask questions or get help to fill in the form.

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Other ways to complain

If you prefer you can also download, print and fill in a PDF of the complaint form. We also accept complaints via email to info@afca.org.au or telephone on 1800 931 678

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