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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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Media Releases
Bank branches to close for National Day of Mourning
19 September 2022

Bank branches will be closed on Thursday 22nd September due to the National Day of Morning.

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Australian banks welcome legislative certainty on climate change
9 September 2022

“The impact of climate change, its mitigation, and the ongoing decarbonisation of the economy is now critical to every aspect of our lives,”

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ABA welcomes increased migration cap from jobs summit
2 September 2022

“This is a positive step to resolving the acute labour shortages we’re seeing in our economy.”

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Action on migration and training system a must at Jobs + Skills Summit
1 September 2022

“Skilled migrants with advanced technical and digital skills can help drive productivity and contribute to upskilling our own workforce.”

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Op-Ed
Op-Ed: Jobs summit is just the start of rare chance for deep thinking
25 August 2022

“The summit will be a compelling conversation. However, the White Paper is likely to be the main game.”

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Transcript
Sky News: ABA and banks are already talking jobs and skills prior to Summit
24 August 2022

“I think it’s really important that we see this summit as the launch of a process, not the landing of it… two days is not going to be enough to solve some of the bigger issues.”

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Transcript
ABC Radio: interest rates, default rates & bank assistance
4 August 2022

“the earlier that people speak to their bank, the more likely it is that the bank can find a solution that will work and keep the customer out of financial strife.”

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Media Releases
Major consensus reached on Australian climate risk reporting
1 August 2022

Twenty of Australia’s most influential business and finance peak bodies have come to an unprecedented consensus on the need for sustainability reporting.

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Australian banks acknowledge leadership of outgoing APRA chair Wayne Byres
26 July 2022

“Over the past eight years, Mr Byres has provided strong leadership… particularly through the very stormy economic waters of recent times.”

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Australian banks launch new credit report fact sheets
25 July 2022

“these factsheets are just one tool in Australian banks’ toolkit of offerings to help customers to get back on track”

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Australian banks encourage customers to use PayID to combat scams
18 July 2022

“We encourage customers to find out more about PayID and a good place to start is the website payid.com.au”

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Media Releases
Flood affected customers encouraged to contact their bank
13 July 2022

“Australian banks are currently supporting almost 3000 people in and around the NSW Northern Rivers region”

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ABA welcomes ASIC’s ‘no action position’ to protect victims of family violence
11 July 2022

It will enable banks to withhold credit reporting information where reporting that information could lead to customer harm.

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Transcript
Transcript: Lismore floods – 3 month deferrals still available
8 July 2022

Anna Bligh spoke to ABC Radio North Coast on how banks can help those impacted by floods in the Lismore region.

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Transcript
ABC RN: banks respond to floods, inflation
6 July 2022

ABA CEO Anna Bligh spoke on ABC radio on how banks are responding to the floods across NSW, and the RBA’s moves to curb inflation.

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Media Releases
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day the ABA calls for cooperation to combat financial elder abuse
15 June 2022

The ABA has called upon Federal and State Australian governments to work together to combat the ongoing problem of elder financial abuse.

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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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