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The Australian Banking Association welcomes the reappointment of Treasurer the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP and the new appointments of the Hon Michael Sukkar MP as Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Housing and Senator Jane Hume as Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology. The industry is committed to earning back the trust… Read more »
Today’s announcement of a Social Impact Investing Taskforce and three trial sites is a welcome step by the Federal Government and answers the banking industry’s call for a clear direction on this innovative solution to tackling entrenched disadvantage. CEO of the Australian Banking Association Anna Bligh said banks welcome the announcement by the Treasurer, Minister… Read more »
Customers at risk of elder financial abuse, those exiting a violent relationship and someone experiencing an unexpected long-term illness are among the focus of new ‘vulnerable customer guidelines’, on which public consultation opens today. The consultation, open to the public, will result in a new industry guideline on supporting vulnerable customers, to complement the new… Read more »
Today’s release of a consultation paper about further enforcement of industry codes is welcomed by Australia’s banks, who look forward to working with regulators and the Treasury to identify what more can be done to further enforce its new Banking Code of Practice.
The banking industry welcomes a new independent report by former Public Service Commissioner Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, released today, which has found that banks are on track to meet their 2020 deadline to overhaul staff pay, a critical issue highlighted by the Royal Commission, while also noting there is more work to be done to ensure full implementation.
Farmers, small business owners, customers living in remote areas or with limited English and Australians with basic bank accounts will receive new protections under a revamped Banking Code of Practice in response to the Final Report of the Royal Commission.
Queensland cattle farmers affected by flooding are being urged to contact their banks, who have special teams ready to help and provide a wide range of assistance.
Customers affected by the recent floods in Queensland or bushfires in Tasmania are able to access assistance from their bank, which can include deferred loans payments, waiving fees and charges and assisting with debt consolidation.
The Australian banking industry acknowledges the rigour and diligence that Commissioner Hayne and his team have brought to this task.
In its submission to the first Privacy Impact Assessment of the Consumer Data Right released today Australia’s banks back strong privacy settings to protect customers and have identified the pilot, due to commence this year, as an important test.
Today’s announcement of the removal of the 30% benchmark for new interest-only residential mortgages will allow all banks to offer more choice for customers, leading to an increase in competition across the industry, particularly for smaller and regional banks.
Today the Australian Banking Association Council held its Annual General Meeting, re-electing Shayne Elliott as Chair and David Carter as Deputy Chair for another 12 months.
Australia’s banks have today committed to new principles to ensure accessible banking for the four million Australians living with disability. These principles have been developed in consultation with disability advocates and the banking industry.
The newly created Australian Financial Complaints Authority, to begin operation on November 1, is an important step to streamlining dispute resolution, making it easier to access and easier to understand for customers.
Australia’s banks will change the Banking Code of Practice to overhaul the way they manage a customer’s estate when they have died and end ‘fees for no service’ across the industry. Further to this they will seek new legislation to end grandfathered payments and trail commissions for financial advisers.
Today’s announcement of the new Drought Finance Taskforce, bringing together banks, government departments, elected representatives and peak bodies is an important vehicle to share information and identify ways banks can better assist Australia’s farmers and their local communities doing it tough.
Australia’s fresh fruit farmers, including strawberry farmers, affected by the ‘fruit sabotage’ issue are being urged to contact their bank to access the assistance on offer which can include deferred loan payments, waiving fees and restructuring loans.
The new Banking Code of Practice standards, recently approved by ASIC, should be adopted across the entire industry and include banks which aren’t members of the Australian Banking Association (ABA) such as credit unions, building societies and other lenders to ensure there are no gaps in protections for customers.