6 May 2020
What’s happened in the Australian banking sector during the coronavirus pandemic.
February 14: coronavirus assistance offered
February 14: ABA COVID-19 assistance hub created
March 11: Government announces first stimulus package of $17.6B
March 20: small business relief package announced featuring 6 month deferrals
March 20: mortgage relief announced – 6 month deferrals available for homeowners
March 22: Government announces second stimulus package of $66B
March 25: COVID-19 FAQs published
March 30: business relief extended to landlords and renters
April 3: contactless payments to increase from $100 to $200
April 5: banks support JobKeeper – credit available to bridge gap till payments begin in May
April 6: credit scores secured – COVID-19 deferrals will not affect credit ratings
April 8: SME loan guarantee begin – 50% govt-guaranteed loans, no repayments for 6 months
April 24: dedicated JobKeeper business hotlines open
April 26: Bank CEOs support COVIDSafe app – will download app and encourage staff to do same
April 29: voluntary debit cards for passbook holders announced
April 29: COVID-19 anti-scam hub updated, fact sheets in 12 translations
May 8: 100,000 extra COVID-19 loan deferrals in a week – brings total to 643,000
May 16: 1 in 14 mortgages have now been deferred – 429,000 in total
Banks have deferred the repayments of one in fourteen mortgages totalling more than $150 billion to assist Australians through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Helping businesses to remain viable and keeping people in their homes is good for everyone.
Australia’s banks deferred an extra 100,000 loans, this week, including approximately 50,000 home loans, to help customers through the COVID-19 Pandemic. Total number of loans deferred is now at least 643,000.