3 April 2019
Today’s announcement of a Social Impact Investing Taskforce and three trial sites is a welcome step by the Federal Government and answers the banking industry’s call for a clear direction on this innovative solution to tackling entrenched disadvantage.
CEO of the Australian Banking Association Anna Bligh said banks welcome the announcement by the Treasurer, Minister Fletcher and Senator Jane Hume today and would work with the taskforce during its consultation.
“Social Impact Investing represents an innovative way to tackle entrenched disadvantage, with positive signs from this approach emerging from the United Kingdom,” Ms Bligh said.
“Addressing entrenched disadvantage will not only lift individuals out of poverty but its benefits will also be felt across the economy.
“Banks look forward to playing their part in this new policy area to ensure it’s a success in achieving its goals,” she said.
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“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.”
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.