Open Banking Australia

Giving you more control over your financial choices and banking data. 

  • What is Open Banking?
  • Benefits for you
  • Our plan for Open Banking
  • Privacy
  • Are you a developer?
What is Open Banking?

Open Banking is a new data sharing initiative introduced by the Australian government that has been designed with the intention to give you greater access to and control over your financial data.

As part of the Australian government's Consumer Data Rights Legislation, Open Banking is intended to provide a safe and secure framework for you to authorise accredited third parties, such as Financial Planners, Accountants or app providers, to access your financial information so that they can provide you with goods or services.

If you choose to give a third party access to your data, they may be able to see things such as an overview of your bank accounts, your transactions, interest rates and/or the fees and charges you are paying. This could allow them to help you to better understand whether you're getting real value for money with your banking products. 

Benefits for you

Once Open Banking is introduced Australia-wide it could change the way you compare products and services between banks. 

  • Open Banking provides the framework for accredited third parties, such as app developers, to create new financial tools and services that use Consumer Data Right data to provide more personalised services.
  • Sharing your banking data with these third parties is by opt-in only. You’re in control of your data and you can stop sharing your data at any time.
  • Once these third party tools and services are created, you may be able to more easily compare products across banks and access more accurate budgeting tools. You may even be able to see one view of your bank accounts across multiple financial institutions. 
Our plan for Open Banking

Product data

As part of Open Banking, Heritage is making publicly available information, such as product rates, fees and features across our products. We’re sharing this information via APIs (application programming interfaces) for third parties to access. This means that third parties such as comparison websites or financial planners, could use this general information to compare bank products for you and find a product that fits best. 

Consumer data

In the next phase of Open Banking, Heritage is expecting to take steps to allow sharing of Consumer Data. This will allow you to authorise trusted and accredited third parties to view your transaction data with Heritage, under strict privacy guidelines. Although a date has not been set, we plan to implement the second phase in accordance to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) timeline
Privacy

At Heritage, protecting your privacy is our priority. We understand that giving a third party access to your banking data may seem a little daunting. Rest assured, Open Banking has privacy protections in place that will ensure your data is shared safely and securely.  The protections include: 

  • You choose if you want to participate and who you share your data with.
  • Before any company can request access to your data through Open Banking or seek your permission to see your data, they’ll need to be accredited by the ACCC.
  • You can manage which data you share and cancel sharing at any time.
  • You can ask for your data to be deleted by the third party.
  • You can authorise third parties to access your data for a nominated time, up to 12 months. 
  • After 12 months, third party access to your data will automatically expire. This means they won’t have access to your data for an indefinite amount of time. 
Are you a developer?

Open Banking will allow developers to build apps and services based on accessing product and consumer data held by financial institutions, like banks.

Our base URL for API calls is https://product.api.heritage.com.au/cds-au/v1/

Currently, we support these two specifications:

  • Get Products 
    https://consumerdatastandardsaustralia.github.io/standards/#get-products 
  • Get Product Detail 
    https://consumerdatastandardsaustralia.github.io/standards/#get-product-detail 
Heritage is working to conform to ACCC release requirements in implementing our consumer data sharing APIs. Remember, to access Consumer Data Right data you’ll need to be accredited by the ACCC and get permission from the customer.