4 February 2016
Sydney, 4 February 2016: The banking industry has welcomed the voting down in Parliament today of the Greens’ counterproductive proposal to ban ATM fees.
Chief Executive of the Australian Bankers’ Association Steven Münchenberg said: “Unlike the exorbitant figure claimed by the Greens of how much banks make in ATM fees, fees at banks’ ATMs don’t cover the cost of running the ATMs.
“Most banks provide fee-free ATM transactions to their customers. Banks typically charge around $2 to non-customers who use their ATMs.
“Around 60% of people use their own bank’s ATM, reducing the amount of transactions that incur a fee,” he said.
“Further to this, more than half the ATMs in Australia are owned and operated by businesses other than banks, so banning fees on bank-owned ATMs would seriously affect the viability of these businesses.
“The Greens’ proposal would have significantly limited the number of ATMs and the ability of people to access cash, and we welcome the common-sense approach from the Government and Opposition to reject it,” Mr Münchenberg said.
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