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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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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 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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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 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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Banks support development and construction transition to a new economy 
20 October 2022

“I’m confident our respective sectors will play our role in navigating our way through the current challenges and the extensive transformation underway”

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Australian banks ready to help floods impacted communities
17 October 2022

“The message from banks is clear: don’t tough it out on your own, call your bank as soon as you are able to, they are ready to help.”

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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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