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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.

For media inquiries contact media@ausbanking.org.au or 0475 741 007.


COVID-19 Banking Timeline

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Hardship assistance triples as deferrals continue to rise
15 September 2021

More than 57,000 customers have received hardship assistance during recent lockdowns across Australia.

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Banks supporting customers across Australia with 3 month deferrals, merchant fee refunds
20 July 2021

these options do give people you know, a breather, that’s what they’re designed to do, just take the load off for three months, while you get through everything else that you need to get through.”

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Banks supporting customers as lockdowns extended
17 July 2021

“customers can rest assured that their bank will have their back”

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Australian banks offer COVID-19 customer relief
8 July 2021

The national support package will be available to all small businesses and home loan customers significantly impacted.

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National Business Partnership Forum – July 7 2021
7 July 2021

Australia’s banks stand ready to assist the Government with the vaccine rollout.

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Transcript: Anna Bligh – how banks can help the vaccine rollout
7 July 2021

ABA CEO Anna Bligh was interviewed by Stan Shaw on ABC Perth on 7 July. She discussed her upcoming meeting with COVID-19 vaccine Task Force Lieutenant General John Frewin with other corporate stakeholders. Banks, as both major employers who already offer vaccinations, and who also have a network of branches, can help with the COVID-19… Read more »

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Banks to assist customers in COVID-19 lockdowns
29 June 2021

Banks across Australia are ready and willing to assist customers affected by the COVID-19 lockdowns.

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COVID-19 accelerates debit card use, cash decline
28 May 2021

New data shows debit cards are the clear choice of payment in post-COVID Australia, outweighing credit cards by almost three times, while cash use has significantly declined.

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Banks welcome creative economy restart
25 June 2020

Businesses in the creative industry who are looking to take advantage of the government-backed concessional loans should get in touch with their bank.

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COVID-19 ABA Special Newsletter
23 March 2020

Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh announced a small business relief package from Australia’s banks on Friday the 20th of March.

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