10 May 2018
The announcement by the Federal Government of a phased approach for introducing Open Banking is a sensible path forward for this important reform, enabling banks to design a secure system which benefits Australian consumers.
Open Banking will allow customers, at their request, to share their personal information with other financial institutions to allow them to find a better deal on expenses such as electricity bills, telecommunications and other items.
Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh said it was important to get this reform right with the security of customer data at the forefront of policy making.
“The ABA welcomes the Government’s announcement on Open Banking which charts the way forward for this important reform which will empower customers,” Ms Bligh said.
“The industry is pleased that the Government has outlined a phased introduction that enables it to design a good system the will both benefit customers and protect their data.
“Banks are committed to delivering this reform within the tight timeframe and are looking forward to seeing further details contained in the draft legislation as soon as possible,” she said.
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“Australian banks are certainly better equipped now than they were in the GFC. They’ve got 2 to 2.5 times the capital reserves put aside for a rainy day than they had in the GFC”
“The Australian Banking Association (ABA) welcomes the agreement reached today on the proposed safeguard mechanism reforms, given it paves the way for the passing of a critical piece of legislation for Australia.
“This is about engaging with the entire banking ecosystem in order to ensure the accessibility of the sector’s services are best serving our diverse community now, and into the future.”