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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.
“we’ve seen a record high number of Australians switch their loans, either to another bank or gone to their own bank and got a better deal.”
“Banks play a vital role in helping Australians survive and recover from bushfires and other disasters”, said ABA CEO Anna Bligh.