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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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COVID-19 Banking Timeline

see what’s happened in the Australian banking sector


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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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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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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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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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Hardship assistance demand declines as Australia opens up
29 October 2021

“it’s heartening to see the need for assistance declining as many States and Territories come out of lockdown”

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ABA ready to assist Regional Banking Taskforce
22 October 2021

“banks remain committed to providing banking services to every Australian, especially those in regional and remote areas,”

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Banking customers continue shift to digital
19 October 2021

“it’s no surprise to see banks invest in areas where customers prefer to bank, such as in their online platforms and apps.”

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Safety remains banking industry pandemic priority
14 October 2021

As essential services, Australia’s banks have focussed, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, on keeping their staff and customers safe.

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New reforms provide big step forward for banking industry and customers
6 October 2021

Australia’s banking industry is introducing six new reforms in the space of one week.

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ABA launches new awareness campaign as scams grow
22 September 2021

“Scammers don’t target one group over another, they target all people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia.”

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Hardship assistance triples as deferrals continue to rise
15 September 2021

More than 57,000 customers have received hardship assistance during recent lockdowns across Australia.

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