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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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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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Banks offer loan deferrals as lockdowns continue
6 August 2021

Since 8 July 2021, more than 14,500 home loans have been deferred, while more than 600 business loans have been deferred.

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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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Banks to help Victorian customers
7 June 2021

“The message from banks is clear: don’t tough it out on your own. Call your bank. They will do whatever they can to help.”

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One year on: banks ready to support customers as more resume repayments
17 March 2021

“Over the past year, banks have cushioned the blow for their customers. Through 2021, their priority is helping customers rebuild and get ahead”

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New loan scheme good for small business
11 March 2021

“This is the right product for the times. It includes more flexibility, and will allow small businesses to re-stock, rebuild and recover”, said ABA CEO, Anna Bligh.

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Banks launch new phase of pandemic support
17 February 2021

Banks have developed an industry-wide, consistent approach to hardship and a new online tool to guide customers.

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TRANSCRIPT: ABA CEO Anna Bligh on ABC NewsRadio: banks still supporting customers
20 January 2021

“…banks can go back to their normal processes and that is working out what’s right for every single customer, on an individual tailored basis with a proper assessment. That is the best thing for the customer.”

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Efficient and Responsible: Getting the Lending Balance Right
25 November 2020

Access to credit opens up opportunities and fulfills aspirations. Getting it right requires the right balance between consumer protections and the flow of credit.

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TRANSCRIPT: ABA CEO Anna Bligh on ABC Radio’s AM 18 November “a chance to get back on their feet”
18 November 2020

Interviewed by AM’s Peter Ryan, ABA CEO Anna Bligh talked about the substantial drop in loan deferrals since their peak during the pandemic, falling from 900,000 to 300,000.

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COVID-19 refinancing breaks records: Anna Bligh on ABC News Breakfast
2 November 2020

“we’ve seen a record high number of Australians switch their loans, either to another bank or gone to their own bank and got a better deal.”

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ABC Sydney Radio – Interview with Anna Bligh
30 October 2020

Anna answered questions about the impact of COVID-19 on banks’ profits, how banks have responded to help customers during the pandemic and what’s happening next to customers who’ve deferred their mortgages.

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Flow of credit to small business remains strong
20 October 2020

Since February 1, Australian banks have approved over $41b for SMEs and sole traders. That’s an average of $5 billion per month.

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Today interview with ABA CEO Anna Bligh: “banks are very encouraged”
15 October 2020

Interview: Almost 45% of Australians who deferred their mortgages in June have begun repaying their loans.

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Budget 2020 charts the road to recovery
6 October 2020

This year’s federal budget will help Australia recover from the economic impact of COVID‑19 and create jobs as the nation recovers. The Australian Banking Association has welcomed the strong focus on support for small and medium businesses and direct assistance to families. “Australian banks stand ready to continue their role helping millions of Australians through… Read more »

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FAQs: what you need to know about COVID-19 bank relief
20 August 2020

Helping businesses to remain viable and keeping people in their homes is good for everyone.

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Increased small business lending boosts Australia’s economic recovery
24 July 2020

“These figures show there are some green shoots emerging in our economy and that’s a positive sign.” – ABA CEO Anna Bligh

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SME Loan Guarantee expanded: a welcome extension
20 July 2020

“This will be welcome news for SMEs and opens up the scheme to those businesses who are looking to invest or need some extra support.”

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Banks enter phase two on COVID-19 deferred loans
8 July 2020

This new phase of support turns a cliff into manageable steps for Australians to get back on track.

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Temporary changes to Code due to COVID-19
25 June 2020

Temporary changes to the Banking Code of Practice reflect that the COVID-19 pandemic may temporarily affect the provision of banking services.

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