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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 support to flood impacted Kimberley region
9 January 2023

“Banks hardship teams have experience working with those impacted by floods and can assist with a range of practical measures.”

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Don’t let scammers ruin your Christmas
19 December 2022

“At this time of the year, with Christmas upon us, we’re encouraging people to be extra vigilant.”

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Transcript – Anna Bligh on 4BC Brisbane – Scams and Cybersecurity
16 December 2022

BILL MCDONALD: You may remember I spoke to Blake Talbot yesterday. Now, he got in touch with the show after falling victim to one of the most elaborate and sophisticated scams I think I may have ever heard of. Now, Blake and his pregnant wife have lost their entire life savings of over $26,000. As… Read more »

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ABA welcomes decisive action on climate change
12 December 2022

“Government and industry now have the opportunity to genuinely work together to drive Australia’s economic shift to a low carbon future”

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Banks support stronger customer protections in the Banking Code
6 December 2022

“Since the Banking Code was first introduced in 1993, the process to independently review the Code has continued to deliver improvements.”

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ABA welcomes APRA’s Climate Information Paper
30 November 2022

The CVA released today will inform future industry efforts in using scenario analysis as a tool for understanding climate change related financial risks.

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Transcript: Anna Bligh on ABC NewsRadio – maternity leave lending
28 November 2022

“A number of our banks actually have maternity leave lending products that are specific to people on parental leave, paid and unpaid, to help them through, what as I said, can be a difficult time.”

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Number of SMEs growing, despite economic challenges, ABA report
24 November 2022

The number of micro businesses grew 10% to 1.55 million in the year to June 2022. During the same period, the number of small businesses grew 3% to 955,861 after an extraordinary period of growth during the 2021 financial year, jumping 15% to 931,791.

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Victorian floods: on the ground
24 November 2022

The ABA recently visited regional Victoria to see the impact of the recent floods first-hand. The tour of Rochester and Echuca was set up to share the support available by banks and encourage customers affected to contact their bank.The ABA also gathered feedback from impacted bank customers and the local community to hear what further… Read more »

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Media Releases
Bank support for Agribusiness grows to $104.7b
17 November 2022

“Agriculture in Australia has a proud record of overcoming extreme adversity, most recently meeting the challenge of major flood events head on. Banks are standing by to support customers affected and the message is to reach out to your bank if you need their support.”

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Transcript: Anna Bligh on ABC Radio Hobart – using PayID against scams
9 November 2022

“We’ve seen about a 20% increase in farm and agribusiness scams over the last 12 months, most of them in the payment for things like heavy equipment. “

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Transcript: Anna Bligh ABC Radio Melbourne Drive – cybersecurity
8 November 2022

“The bank robbers of the 21st century do not use sawn-off shotguns – they are sitting at a computer trying to get into your account and trying to trick you into letting them in.”

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Transcript: Assistant Treasurer launches National Anti-Scams Centre
7 November 2022

The Hon Stephen Jones MP Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services announced funding for a new National Anti-Scams Centre on the first day of Scams Awareness Week, 7 November 2022. ABA CEO Anna Bligh joined the launch with other industry leaders. STEPHEN JONES: It’s an important day. This is anti-scam week, National Scams Awareness… Read more »

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Media Releases
Millions of Australians take-up PayID to prevent scams
6 November 2022

“One of the most important steps customers can take to prevent scams today is to use PayID”

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Scams Awareness: Helping agricultural businesses keep safe from scams
4 November 2022

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) is encouraging farmers and small businesses in regional areas to remain vigilant for potential scams following a significant rise in 2022.

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Transcript: ABA CEO Anna Bligh on ABC Radio Adelaide – digitisation
4 November 2022

Anna Bligh appeared on ABC radio Adelaide on Wednesday 2 November 2022.

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ABA – AFMA Commence discussions on potential collaboration
2 November 2022

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) and the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA) have commenced exploring ways to collaborate in the interest of our respective members.

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ABA welcomes solid Budget in challenging times
25 October 2022

“the Government has laid the foundations to put Australia on a solid footing, whilst continuing support for important initiatives.”

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Transcript: Anna Bligh on ABC Afternoon Briefing
21 October 2022

“More and more Australians are moving at a faster pace than they ever have to move their banking online. The bank branch of the future is the phone that you carry in your back pocket.”

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ABA responds to the Independent Banking Code Compliance Committee Report  
21 October 2022

“We think this is beneficial for lifting industry standards even higher.”

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