2 May 2023
The RBA continues to address the nation’s inflation challenge with today’s 0.25% increase.
Last week’s inflation figures showed a 1.4% increase for the March quarter. This is a 7% increase in the past year which indicates the cost-of-living challenge faced by Australian households.
The ABA encourages those customers who are concerned about their financial situation to shop around to find the most suitable deal for their individual needs. Competition in the banking sector is strong and record levels of mortgage refinancing continues.
Banks strongly encourage any customers experiencing financial difficulty to reach out to access bank support services and to do so as early as possible. Bank support teams are also proactively communicating with those customers at risk.
Australians have record levels of savings sitting in deposit and offset accounts while arrears remain at low levels. In April 2023 the value of household deposits on the books of ADIs grew for the 23rd month in a row, to $1.37 trillion.
At $244b, there is now more sitting in mortgage offset accounts than ever before. In fact, there has been a growth of 42 per cent since December 2019 (Figure 2).
The value of non-performing loans (i.e. those 90+ days in arrears) fell in the last quarter of 2022, while loans 30-89 days past due has increased slightly, though remained below pre-COVID levels (Figure 3). The proportion of non-performing loans relative to the housing portfolio now sits at 0.59 per cent, down from 0.62 per cent in the September quarter and 0.79 per cent in December 2019.
“The Australian Banking Association applauds action from the Government to legislate a voluntary Digital ID as the nation’s first line of defence against cybercrime,” ABA CEO Anna Bligh said. A Digital ID means Australian companies won’t need to store copies of your personal information, reducing the risk of data theft. It also means people can… Read more »
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Australian banks have joined forces to launch a new Scam-Safe Accord to deliver a higher standard of protection for customers and put scammers out of business in Australia. This Accord, between Australia’s community owned banks, building societies, credit unions and commercial banks is a comprehensive set of anti-scam measures across the entire industry. “This Scam-Safe… Read more »