10 March 2022
The nation’s banking sector will come together for the inaugural Australian Banking Association (ABA) conference on Friday, with a focus on economic recovery and Planning for Tomorrow.
Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe will headline the conference with a keynote speech, while attendees will also hear from prominent industry leaders including
Westpac CEO and ABA Chair, Peter King, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank MD and ABA Deputy Chair, Marnie Baker, APRA’s Wayne Byres, ASIC Chairman, Joseph Longo and many more.
ABA CEO Anna Bligh said the conference provides an opportunity to discuss, debate and explore how banks can better serve their customers and the economy.
“Given COVID-19 postponed the ABA’s inaugural conference twice, it is exciting the industry can come together in-person as banking faces change and disruption on a scale we haven’t seen before,” Ms Bligh said.
Centred around the theme Planning for Tomorrow, the topics covered on the day will include transitioning, investing in and supporting customers through this rapid change, managing the risks that come with digitisation, balancing innovation and regulation and navigating global challenges.
“The acceleration of digital banking has led to a transformation in the payments landscape. The opportunities and challenges this presents banks, government and regulators will be a key theme across the day,” Ms Bligh said.
“The sell-out conference demonstrates a genuine appetite for collective industry discussion. It is not only a reflection of the pace of change but a testament to our line-up of high calibre panellists and speakers.
“I am intrigued to hear their perspectives and opinions on the greatest challenges and opportunities that our industry and economy face in 2022 and beyond,” she said.
The audience will hear from more than 30 industry leaders throughout the day. The conference commences at 8.30am and sessions will run until 5.30pm before a networking reception.
An average of $3.2 billion was lent to small business in the second half of 2021, up 24% from the $2.6 billion in the second half of 2020.
ore than 30 industry leaders addressed the audience throughout the day, deep-diving into the opportunities, digital disruptions, new customer trends and risks that face the banking industry.