Complaints Management Update
June Quarter 2017
In January 2010, the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) issued its Supervision Policy on Complaints Management to the Licensed Financial Institutions (LFIs)1.
The Policy requires LFIs to implement a Complaints Management Framework that will effectively and efficiently resolve complaints by customers of LFIs. The Policy also enables customers who are dissatisfied with the outcome of their complaints, to refer their complaints to the RBF for mediation and resolution.
Since 2012 the RBF has also been conducting mediations between Complainants and LFI’s to try and resolve complaints amicably. Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) where the parties themselves reach a consensus decision to resolve their complaints. The Reserve Bank plays a facilitating role in the process. Mediation is an effective and efficient process which is free of charge and enables the parties to avoid the expensive fees charged by the legal system to resolve their complaints.
This report provides an update on the complaints referred to the RBF in the June quarter of 2017. The complaints data provided in this report excludes the complaints received and resolved by the LFIs at their level.
1 Commercial Banks, Credit Institutions, Capital Market Participants, Insurance Companies and Brokers, FNPF and Foreign Exchange Dealers.
In the June quarter of 2017, 20 complaints were referred to the RBF for mediation and resolution.
This was a decrease from 22 complaints received in the previous quarter and 21 complaints when compared to the same period last year.
The complaints received were related to Banks and Credit Institutions and Insurance Companies (Graph 1).
C. Complaints Analysis
For the review quarter, 15 complaints were resolved and 5 complaints are still pending investigation. All 5 complaints are currently with the LFI’s for investigation (Table 1).
D. Complaints under Investigation and Resolved
For the June quarter, 75 percent of the complaints were resolved.
Resolution of these complaints included mediation with the parties to better understand their financial commitments, loan repayment arrangements, reversal of fees and charges and claims procedures.
E. Types of Complaints Received
The complaints received by the RBF against insurers were on motor vehicle insurance, medical insurance claims and other insurance related issues (Graph 2).
The nature of complaints received by the RBF on the Banks and Credit Institutions were mainly on customer service, deposits, fees and charges, fraud and electronic banking (Graph 3).
F. Consultative and Mediation Meetings
During the quarter, the RBF held 16 consultative meetings with complainants or LFI’s to clarify their complaints.
In addition, the RBF held 5 mediation meetings with both complainants and financial institutions to try and resolve their complaints.
Reserve Bank of Fiji