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Australian banks are ready to help customers in Western Australia who are rebuilding after the destruction inflicted by Tropical Cyclone Seroja. Communities in WA’s mid-west were devastated by the cyclone last week, when it crossed the coast near the town of Kalbarri. Geraldton, Northampton, Binnu, Chapman Valley, Mingenew and a number of other towns were… Read more »
Australian banks are launching updated guidelines on financial abuse as part of their continued focus on responding to family violence and elder abuse.
Australian banks are urging state and territory governments to adopt consistent laws on powers of attorney to prevent elder financial abuse.
Australian banks are supporting communities in New South Wales after torrential rain and floods in parts of the state. Floodwaters have inundated towns on the NSW North Coast, Sydney has been pummelled by heavy rain and more is forecast in coming days. Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh says banks have a range of measures… Read more »
“Over the past year, banks have cushioned the blow for their customers. Through 2021, their priority is helping customers rebuild and get ahead”
Australian banks are supporting communities in Far North Queensland affected by Tropical Cyclone Niran.
“No customer is going to wake up the day after the 31st of March and find that there is some legal action being taken by their bank on their loan.”
“For the first time, banks are unveiling an industry-wide Financial Assistance Hub. The site aims to inform and assist bank customers so they know exactly where they stand, and the support their banks will provide them.”
The ABA supports the proposed licencing regime for debt management firms and has called for further changes to protect consumers.
“…banks can go back to their normal processes and that is working out what’s right for every single customer, on an individual tailored basis with a proper assessment. That is the best thing for the customer.”
Access to credit opens up opportunities and fulfills aspirations. Getting it right requires the right balance between consumer protections and the flow of credit.
Interviewed by AM’s Peter Ryan, ABA CEO Anna Bligh talked about the substantial drop in loan deferrals since their peak during the pandemic, falling from 900,000 to 300,000.