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The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is the information source for the news media on the Australian banking industry, providing information, analysis and context on industry issues.

The ABA plays an active role in the public dialogue on banking and financial services, providing commentary on broader industry issues and facilitating access to other sources of information.

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ABC RN: banks respond to floods, inflation
6 July 2022

ABA CEO Anna Bligh spoke on ABC radio on how banks are responding to the floods across NSW, and the RBA’s moves to curb inflation.

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On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day the ABA calls for cooperation to combat financial elder abuse
15 June 2022

The ABA has called upon Federal and State Australian governments to work together to combat the ongoing problem of elder financial abuse.

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Australia can bank on growing agribusiness sector
6 June 2022

In the 12 months to February 2022, ABA member banks lent an average of $4.2 billion to agribusinesses across the country every month.

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New paper released to combat Modern Slavery
31 March 2022

The working paper focuses on the construction and agriculture sectors and seeks to provide a point of reference for banks to operationalise modern slavery risk identification and management.

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NSW Small Business Month: Australian banks continue to support small businesses across NSW
25 March 2022

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.

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Inaugural banking conference delivers forward thinking
11 March 2022

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.

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Focused on the Future of Banking
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… Read more »

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Pathway for National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 
3 March 2022

removing existing legal barriers that make it more difficult for financial institutions to help victim survivors of financial abuse.

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Banks offer flood victims a financial lifeline
3 March 2022

options to defer loan repayments for up to 3 months for those customers affected by the flood disasters

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2GB: the changing banking environment
25 February 2022

“it is absolutely the case that whether you’re a NAB customer or a customer of any other bank, you can pay your credit card in cash over the counter, either in the bank branch or at an Australia Post outlet”

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Call for Governments to commit to reforms to prevent elder abuse
14 February 2022

“Our elderly Australians have worked hard over many years and deserve to live out their later years with dignity, respect and financial independence.”

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Payment system reform: statement
8 December 2021

The Australian Banking Association welcomes the Government’s payment system reform plan, which will pave the way for modernisation and improvements that benefit customers and ensure Australia maintains a world-class payments system.

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ABA welcomes Banking Code Final Report
3 December 2021

“This has been a thorough and transparent process and it has been encouraging to see the high levels of interest and engagement in the Banking Code.”

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ABA Council appoints Peter King as new Chair
2 December 2021

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) Council has today appointed Peter King, Chief Executive Officer of Westpac, as Chair. 

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Guidelines, Principles & Protocols
Conduct Background Check Protocol
1 December 2021

The ABA’s Conduct Background Check Protocol was established in June 2017 to assist subscribing ABA member banks when hiring to find out better information about a job applicant’s past employment history and conduct record. This is designed to create more consistency in hiring so individuals with poor conduct records can’t move from one job to… Read more »

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Inaugural roundtable paves small business road to recovery
25 November 2021

“The small business sector is already powering Australia’s economic recovery. In the three months to August 2021, $10 billion in new lending was made to small business.”

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Report
SME Lending Report 2021
25 November 2021

Of the 2.4 million businesses in Australia, the majority (2.35 million or 98 per cent) are small businesses.

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Guidelines, Principles & Protocols
Sanctions Guidelines
24 November 2021

These ABA Sanctions Guidelines are intended for Australian Banking Association (ABA) member banks. They aim to set out good industry practice for ABA members and their staff in relation to sanctions requirements.

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2GB: Use PayID and BPAY to combat business email scams
10 November 2021

Unlike paying to a BSB and account number, PayID gives the user the ability to confirm the name of the account holder before they transfer funds.

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Scams Awareness Week: Services to help keep businesses safe from scammers
8 November 2021

Services such as PayID, BPay and e-invoicing will show who you’re paying before you pay, ensuring money is going to the intended account.

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