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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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COVID-19 Banking Timeline

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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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Media Releases
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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Focused on the Future of Banking
10 March 2022

The nation’s banking sector will come together for the inaugural Australian Banking Association (ABA) conference on Friday, with a focus on economic recovery and Planning for Tomorrow.   Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe will headline the conference with a keynote speech, while attendees will also hear from prominent industry leaders including Westpac CEO and ABA… Read more »

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Banks offer flood victims a financial lifeline
3 March 2022

options to defer loan repayments for up to 3 months for those customers affected by the flood disasters

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Transcript
2GB: the changing banking environment
25 February 2022

“it is absolutely the case that whether you’re a NAB customer or a customer of any other bank, you can pay your credit card in cash over the counter, either in the bank branch or at an Australia Post outlet”

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Call for Governments to commit to reforms to prevent elder abuse
14 February 2022

“Our elderly Australians have worked hard over many years and deserve to live out their later years with dignity, respect and financial independence.”

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Inaugural roundtable paves small business road to recovery
25 November 2021

“The small business sector is already powering Australia’s economic recovery. In the three months to August 2021, $10 billion in new lending was made to small business.”

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Transcript
2GB: Use PayID and BPAY to combat business email scams
10 November 2021

Unlike paying to a BSB and account number, PayID gives the user the ability to confirm the name of the account holder before they transfer funds.

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Media Releases
Scams Awareness Week: Services to help keep businesses safe from scammers
8 November 2021

Services such as PayID, BPay and e-invoicing will show who you’re paying before you pay, ensuring money is going to the intended account.

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Media Releases
Hardship assistance demand declines as Australia opens up
29 October 2021

“it’s heartening to see the need for assistance declining as many States and Territories come out of lockdown”

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ABA ready to assist Regional Banking Taskforce
22 October 2021

“banks remain committed to providing banking services to every Australian, especially those in regional and remote areas,”

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Banking customers continue shift to digital
19 October 2021

“it’s no surprise to see banks invest in areas where customers prefer to bank, such as in their online platforms and apps.”

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New reforms provide big step forward for banking industry and customers
6 October 2021

Australia’s banking industry is introducing six new reforms in the space of one week.

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Event
Scams & Cybercrime: ABA Webinar
28 September 2021

A deep dive with industry experts on ‘upstream’ issues for regulators, law enforcement and industry fighting industrial scale scammers.

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Transcript
Threats and charms: how to avoid scammmers and their tricks
23 September 2021

As more Australians experience financial scams, the ABA has launched a new campaign to raise awareness on the increasing threat of scams, warning Australians to be on the lookout for scam phone calls, texts and emails. FULL TRANSCRIPT: ABA CEO Anna Bligh spoke with ABC Radio’s Ross Marsden. Ross Marsden  The Australian Banking Association has… Read more »

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Media Releases
ABA launches new awareness campaign as scams grow
22 September 2021

“Scammers don’t target one group over another, they target all people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia.”

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Banks support summit to end violence against women and children
8 September 2021

“Many people don’t realise how prevalent financial abuse is and that it may be a red flag for future violence.”

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ABA: payments system review is necessary and constructive
30 August 2021

“While existing regulations have served Australia well, we have seen unprecedented changes in how we pay each other.”

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ABA welcomes additional SME support
25 August 2021

“This is an important loan scheme that’s helping Australian businesses fight their way through the pandemic,”

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