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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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ABA backs national awareness campaign on elder abuse
22 July 2024

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) welcomes the Federal Government’s upcoming campaign to further educate the community about elder abuse.   ABA CEO Anna Bligh said this was a timely opportunity to further raise awareness and shine the spotlight on financial elder abuse.   “Australian banks are deeply conscious of financial elder abuse. They see it playing out every day and have… Read more »

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Press conference on the expansion of the AFCX scams intelligence loop
13 June 2024

Stephen Jones, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services: Good morning everybody, how are we going? Good to speak with you. Great to be here this morning, an exciting accountment. As you know the Albanese government has made a priority fighting scammers and ensuring that we can keep Australian’s money safe. From coming into government… Read more »

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Banks welcome expansion of key weapon in war against scammers 
13 June 2024

Scammers are being put on notice with the announcement today of a major expansion in intelligence sharing designed to dismantle scams and better protect Australians.  

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Boosting regional cooperation in war against scammers
10 June 2024

Banks will this week join a scams delegation to Singapore as part of the industry’s ongoing efforts to take up the fight to scammers and protect customers. 

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New data shows further inroads in the war against scammers 
22 May 2024

The Australian Banking Association today welcomes the release of new data from the National Anti-Scam Centre (NASC) showing scam losses continue to fall.   The latest NASC quarterly report shows overall scam losses reported to Scamwatch in the 2024 March quarter were down by 10.8% compared to the previous quarter. Whilst losses reported to the Australian Financial Crimes Exchange… Read more »

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Banks continue fight against scammers as new report shows drop in losses  
29 April 2024

Banks are continuing to play their part to protect Australians from scams, as the industry welcomes a new report showing scam losses fell by 13 per cent last year.   The Australian Banking Association acknowledges the release today of the 2023 Targeting Scams Report by the National Anti-Scam Centre. Whilst there was an 18.5 per… Read more »

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Digital ID will better protect Australians from cybercrime and scammers  
28 March 2024

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) welcomes legislation passing through the Senate to expand Australia’s digital identity system.   Importantly, this legislation will allow banks to apply to join the nationwide framework within two years of commencement.  ABA CEO Anna Bligh said a voluntary nationwide Digital ID would be another important tool for banks to help protect… Read more »

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Stay safe from scammers this Christmas 
14 December 2023

With the festive season underway, the Australian Banking Association (ABA) is urging Australians to be vigilant against scams this Christmas.   “Scammers will try their very best to exploit the increased shopping activity and generosity in the lead up to Christmas, preying on unsuspecting individuals,” said ABA CEO Anna Bligh.   “While many Australians get ready to… Read more »

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Anna Bligh interviewed by 6PR about the Scam-Safe Accord and the future of banking 
30 November 2023

Oliver Peterson: Joining me in the studios today is the CEO of the Australian Banking Association, Anna Bligh. It’s lovely to meet you.  Anna Bligh: Great to be here, Oliver.  Oliver Peterson: What brings you to Perth?  Anna Bligh: Well, I’ve got a few things to do with work here, and I was very keen… Read more »

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Press conference: Scam-Safe Accord launch 
24 November 2023

Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh:   Today Australia’s banking system is coming together to launch the most comprehensive set of new anti-scam reforms.   With a level of unprecedented cooperation, banks, commercial banks, building societies, credit unions, and mutual banks have joined together to commit to a set of anti-scam reforms to keep Australians and their… Read more »

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Banks unite to declare war on scammers  
24 November 2023

Australian banks have joined forces to launch a new Scam-Safe Accord to deliver a higher standard of protection for customers and put scammers out of business in Australia.   This Accord, between Australia’s community owned banks, building societies, credit unions and commercial banks is a comprehensive set of anti-scam measures across the entire industry.  “This Scam-Safe… Read more »

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Crypto regulation a step in the right direction in the fight against scams    
16 October 2023

The ABA supports the Federal Government’s resolute action to regulate crypto exchanges, saying it is a “very welcome step in the fight against scams”. 

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New identity verification safeguards a step in the right direction  
14 September 2023

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has welcomed the introduction of new legislation to boost the security of identity verification services.

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Important step to help stamp out scams
17 July 2023

Australians are under attack from scams, part of a worsening global scams scourge, and all sectors need to ramp up the fight against these criminals, including government, law enforcement, banks, telcos, social media and crypto platforms and individuals. 

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ABA welcomes launch of Federal Government’s National Anti-Scam Centre | First fusion cell to tackle investment scams 
3 July 2023

The Australian Banking Association (ABA) has welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s National Anti-Scam Centre (NASC), a key government and regulator initiative to help fight the scams scourge. 

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Small business a critical part of Australia’s economy | UN’s World Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day recognises crucial role  
27 June 2023

It’s World Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Day today, which highlights the importance of the Australian small business sector as the engine of the country’s economy. 

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day a reminder to stay vigilant to warning signs of financial abuse   
15 June 2023

With one in six older Australians experiencing some form of abuse, today’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important reminder to look out for the warning signs.

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Australian banks join new Fraud Reporting Exchange digital platform to help halt payments to scammers 
16 May 2023

Australian banks today launched a new digital platform that will facilitate the quick reporting of fraudulent payments en route or transferred to another bank.

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Anna Bligh interview with ABC Breakfast TV on Fraud Reporting Exchange announcement
16 May 2023

“Speed is the essence when it comes to getting your money back from a scammer. Even if you’re not sure, even if you just suspect something’s not right, ring your bank as fast as you possibly can.”

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World Password Day a reminder to stay vigilant against online criminals 
4 May 2023

As scammers grow increasingly sophisticated and scams more complex, this year’s World Password Day is an important reminder to always stay vigilant against online criminals, the Australian Banking Association (ABA) says. 

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