The Oath

Trust is the foundation of my profession.

I will serve all interests in good faith.
I will compete with honour.
I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
I will help create a sustainable future.
I will help create a more just society.
I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
I will accept responsibility for my actions.

In these and all other matters;
My word is my bond.

The Vision

A banking and finance industry that
meets the community’s needs and has its full confidence thereby fulfilling its integral role in society.

'Off the fence' Student Film Competition

Is there an ethical issue in business that bothers you?

The Banking and Finance Oath, an initiative founded by Industry leaders and affiliated with The Ethics Centre, is offering the opportunity for University students to explore an ethical issue in business, through film.

Ideally your film will:

  • Explore a current ethical issue in business (in banking and finance preferred).
  • Look at the issue from other perspectives.
  • Take a position (don’t sit on the fence!).
  • Present a vision for how things should be or a plan for how they can be improved.

Films requirements:

  • Videos should be no longer than 10 minutes in length, if you can explore your issue in less then please do so!
  • Students can work in groups and produce a film together.
  • Don’t let technology be an obstacle, iPhones and other mobile devices and basic editing programs are fine.

Student Benefits and Opportunities:

  • The BFO Board, chaired by Stephen Dunne (CEO AMP Capital), will judge the short-listed submissions and the winners will  be honoured at an Industry event, where they will be given the opportunity to meet and have face-to-face conversations with industry leaders.
  • Winners will also be considered for selection as BFO Young Ambassadors.
  • Selected films will be promoted and credited on the BFO website and related media.


Entry Form
Competition flyer

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be enrolled at an Australian University with proof of enrolment (copy of student ID attached to your entry).
  • All entrants must be students of Finance, Economics, Commerce, Business, Law or those working in or intending to work in the banking and finance industry.
  • Entry to this competition is free, however entrants must be a Signatory of the BFO (please note there is a discounted Student Signatory rate of $10).
  • Entries can be submitted on USB, preferably in high resolution, ideally an MP4 or .mov under 300mb, however we will accept files not in this format.
  • Each entry is responsible for their transit insurance, postage and production costs. Please do not post USBs in regular envelopes as they are at risk of being ripped during the mailing process.
  • Entries should be posted to The Banking and Finance Oath at Lvl 2 Legion House 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Please note that entries will not be returned.
  • Confirmation of receipt of entry will be sent via email.
  • The entry form must be correctly completed and accompany the film entry and be received by 10 November 2015.
  • Each entry must contain the entrant’s/groups own work and ideas, with appropriate permissions for use. Assistance is permitted, although conceptual ideas must be the entrants.
  • Entrants can be individuals or groups, however contributors must be credited and Signatories of the BFO.
  • The BFO reserves the right to exclude any entry considered inappropriate. This includes any content that the in the BFO’s opinion contains racist, sexist, violent or discriminatory material.
  • Entries will become the property of The BFO and may be used for promotion or loaded on relevant websites and used in television programs and the creators will be credited for their work. This assignment of copyright and other property rights is given by entrants in return for The BFO including their entry in this competition. You still retain the right to use the film for your purposes.
  • The BFO’s decision as to the short-list and winner is final and conclusive.