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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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Fees for banking services 2017
15 June 2017

This report shows that the number of customer transactions, loans and accounts are increasing but growth in fees paid by households and businesses remains low.

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Use of bank services increasing, fees staying down
14 June 2017

The number of customer transactions, loans and accounts are increasing but growth in fees paid by households and businesses remains low, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Mortgage industry comes together to progress ASIC proposals
14 June 2017

Representatives from the mortgage industry have begun a process to ensure that incentives and governance arrangements are aligned with good outcomes for customers, in response to ASIC’s report on mortgage broker remuneration.

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Banks crackdown to prevent finance sector misconduct
9 June 2017

Bank customers can expect greater protection with new hiring measures agreed by Australia’s banks to crackdown on individuals with a history of misconduct moving from one job to the next undetected.

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Soft GDP a wake-up call for Government on bank tax
7 June 2017

Today’s weak economic growth figure highlights the need to maintain a strong banking industry, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Major bank levy legislation reveals details behind Government’s hasty tax grab
30 May 2017

The legislation for the major bank levy introduced today shows the Federal Government’s original design had major flaws and significant questions remain on how this rushed legislation will affect the economy, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Time for public scrutiny of major bank tax
19 May 2017

The Federal Government must open up the major bank levy for public scrutiny, the Australian Bankers’ Association said today.

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Rumours of ABA split rubbish: Deputy Chairman
19 May 2017

Deputy Australian Bankers’ Association Chairman and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Chief Executive Mike Hirst has today described rumours of a split in the ABA as “complete rubbish”.

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Bad tax inexplicably now a secret tax
18 May 2017

In an extraordinary move the Federal Government has today forced senior executives of the five major banks to sign confidentiality agreements before releasing the draft major bank tax legislation for examination.

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ABA calls for more consultation on major bank tax and release of Regulatory Impact Statement
15 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today called for the Federal Government to release analysis of the impact of the major bank levy on the broader economy, including households and businesses.

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Treasurer called on to release modelling of major bank tax
12 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Anna Bligh has written to the Hon Scott Morrison MP calling on him to immediately release Treasury modelling of the major bank tax.

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Treasury meeting on bank tax raises more questions than answers
11 May 2017

The CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association Ms Anna Bligh today warned that the Federal Government’s new $6.2 billion bank tax is fraught with even more uncertainty after Treasury officials were unable to answer key questions at a briefing with banks in Sydney today.

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New major bank tax bad for jobs and economic growth
10 May 2017

A new tax on major banks in the Federal Budget is a tax on the economy, the Australian Bankers’ Association Chief Executive Anna Bligh said tonight.

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ABA welcomes competition review
8 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an inquiry into the competitiveness of the financial system.

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One year on – banks building a better banking industry
2 May 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today published an annual report outlining the industry’s progress to improve customer outcomes, strengthen culture and build trust in banking.

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ABA responds to Carnell inquiry recommendations
28 April 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has today released its response to the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s report into small business lending.

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ABA welcomes McPhee first year report on bank reforms
21 April 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has welcomed today’s release of Mr Ian McPhee’s report which found the industry has made significant progress delivering the reform program it announced 12 months ago.

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Banks to change the way they pay their staff
19 April 2017

Australia’s banks will change the way they pay and reward their retail staff to deliver better banking for customers, following the release of an independent report examining the link between payments and customer outcomes.

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ABA welcomes new Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority
10 April 2017

The Australian Bankers’ Association has welcomed today’s announcement of the independent directors responsible for setting higher professional and education qualifications for financial advisers.

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Banks host symposium to discuss benefits, risks of open data
4 April 2017

Ahead of the Treasurer’s imminent release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into Data Availability and Use, the Australian Bankers’ Association is today hosting a symposium to share views on how to get the right outcomes for customers.

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