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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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Banks launch campaign telling Australians “Don’t tough it out on your own”  
30 October 2023

Today the Australian Banking Association has launched a campaign encouraging Australians struggling with loan repayments to contact their bank, titled ‘Don’t tough it out on your own.’  “Banks know many of their customers are making difficult financial decisions right now as the country navigates challenging economic conditions,” said ABA CEO Anna Bligh.  “Banks stood by… Read more »

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Banks shine a light on NSW small business month 
25 October 2023

As the NSW Government marks Small Business Month, the banking sector joins in celebrating the unwavering spirit and contributions of small businesses across the state. This initiative by the NSW Government is dedicated to recognising the pivotal role these enterprises play in driving economic growth, creating jobs, fostering innovation, and enriching our communities. 

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Banks supporting the agriculture sector to sow the seeds of success 
24 October 2023

Banks have reaffirmed their commitment to Australia’s agriculture sector as it faces into an increasingly unpredictable economic landscape. 

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Crypto regulation a step in the right direction in the fight against scams    
16 October 2023

The ABA supports the Federal Government’s resolute action to regulate crypto exchanges, saying it is a “very welcome step in the fight against scams”. 

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Banks raise the bar in new Banking Code    
6 September 2023

In a major step to strengthen customer protections and maintain trust in the banking sector, the Australian Banking Assocation (ABA) has submitted a proposed new Banking Code to ASIC for industry consultation. 

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Banks back small business  
28 August 2023

Research released by the ABA today shows total credit outstanding to SMEs at the end of last financial year had reached $588 billion – a 28% increase from the year prior.

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Important step to help stamp out scams
17 July 2023

Australians are under attack from scams, part of a worsening global scams scourge, and all sectors need to ramp up the fight against these criminals, including government, law enforcement, banks, telcos, social media and crypto platforms and individuals. 

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Statement regarding new Reserve Bank of Australia Governor
14 July 2023

The ABA welcomes the appointment of Michele Bullock as the new Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Governor. 

The ABA acknowledges RBA Governor Phillip Lowe’s strong leadership of the central bank during one of Australia’s most turbulent periods, the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ABA welcomes launch of Federal Government’s National Anti-Scam Centre | First fusion cell to tackle investment scams 
3 July 2023

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s National Anti-Scam Centre (NASC), a key government and regulator initiative to help fight the scams scourge. 

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Small business a critical part of Australia’s economy | UN’s World Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day recognises crucial role  
27 June 2023

It’s World Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day today, which highlights the importance of the Australian small business sector as the engine of the country’s economy. 

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New Branch Closure Support Protocol – banking industry to better support customers of closing branches 
23 June 2023

The ABA has developed a new Branch Closure Support Protocol to improve transparency, ensure better communication, and provide improved customer support when banks close branches. 

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day a reminder to stay vigilant to warning signs of financial abuse   
15 June 2023

With one in six older Australians experiencing some form of abuse, today’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important reminder to look out for the warning signs.

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ABA welcomes future proofing of Australia’s payments system as Treasurer announces biggest overhaul in 35 years 
7 June 2023

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has welcomed the Treasurer’s announcement today of a major overhaul of Australia’s payments system. 

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Mobile wallet transactions skyrocket to $93 billion, as 98.9% of bank interactions take place digitally 
7 June 2023

“Australia has witnessed a phenomenal shift in customer banking and payment preferences in recent years,” ABA CEO Anna Bligh said. 

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Statement regarding today’s decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)
6 June 2023

The RBA continues to address the nation’s inflation challenge with today’s 0.25% increase in the cash rate target, to 4.10%.

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Australian banks join new Fraud Reporting Exchange digital platform to help halt payments to scammers 
16 May 2023

Australian banks today launched a new digital platform that will facilitate the quick reporting of fraudulent payments en route or transferred to another bank.

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Almost 40% leave wallets at home as mobile phone and smartwatch payments soar  
12 May 2023

The nation’s shift to digital banking is gathering pace, with the number of people leaving home without their wallet or cards, relying on their phone or another device instead, doubling in three years. The rapid changes are captured in a new ABA interactive Spend the Day site.

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Cross-industry initiative to provide one-off $7.75 million boost for financial counselling services  
11 May 2023

Australia’s financial counselling services will receive a $7.75 million boost following a cross-industry donation.

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ABA welcomes Federal Budget investment in combatting scams and supporting sustainable finance
9 May 2023

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) welcomes tonight’s Federal Budget saying it places a significant focus on customer safety.

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World Password Day a reminder to stay vigilant against online criminals 
4 May 2023

As scammers grow increasingly sophisticated and scams more complex, this year’s World Password Day is an important reminder to always stay vigilant against online criminals, the Australian Banking Association (ABA) says. 

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