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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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Media Releases
Banks launch campaign telling Australians “Don’t tough it out on your own”  
30 October 2023

Today the Australian Banking Association has launched a campaign encouraging Australians struggling with loan repayments to contact their bank, titled ‘Don’t tough it out on your own.’  “Banks know many of their customers are making difficult financial decisions right now as the country navigates challenging economic conditions,” said ABA CEO Anna Bligh.  “Banks stood by… Read more »

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Transcript – Anna Bligh interview with ABC Radio National’s Patricia Karvelas on bank regulations and financial hardship in Australia.
29 March 2023

“Australian banks are certainly better equipped now than they were in the GFC. They’ve got 2 to 2.5 times the capital reserves put aside for a rainy day than they had in the GFC. And that’s, that’s been 10 years of just gradual build up, required by the regulator put aside by banks. It’s an incredibly strong buffer if things do go rocky”

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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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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 Ready to Help Banana Growers in the Wake of Cyclone Niran
5 March 2021

Australian banks are supporting communities in Far North Queensland affected by Tropical Cyclone Niran.

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Support for WA bushfire areas
5 February 2021

“The most important consideration right now is staying safe. But when West Australians affected by recent bushfires are ready to pick up the pieces, their bank will be ready to help,”

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Bushfire Royal Commission to improve disaster coordination
30 October 2020

“Banks play a vital role in helping Australians survive and recover from bushfires and other disasters”, said ABA CEO Anna Bligh.

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