The 2019 Consumer Payments Survey (CPS) showed that Australians are continuing to switch to electronic payment methods in preference to cash for their day-to-day transactions. More recently, the switch to electronic payment methods is likely to have accelerated as a result of consumer and merchant...
Australia has a vibrant and growing FinTech sector, with a significant number of startups and early stage ventures. Australia's RegTech industry is comparatively less well developed. This inquiry is about ensuring the settings are optimal to encourage and support Australian FinTech and RegTech businesses.
It is often observed that the level of household debt (relative to income) is high in Australia compared with other countries and its own history. Concerns about how this will influence the economy’s ability to navigate a major downturn have for many years been central...
This discussion paper makes the case for the creation of a public bank in Australia by providing Australia Post with an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI) licence, and moving in time to establishing 'PostBank' as a full national savings and loan bank.
This paper investigates and explains the design choices, mainly technical, but also financial and legal, that central banks will unavoidably encounter in their exploration of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Contributing authors include experts in computer science, economics and law, whose research and practical experience...
Fact Check: Is the new bank levy similar to levies common right around the developed world, Europe in particular?
In the 2017 federal budget, the Government announced a levy on Australia's big banks, estimated to raise $6.2 billion over four years. Such levies, the Government claims, are common among developed countries.
The controversial bank levy is tax deductible: the banks will be able to claim the amount of bank levy paid as a business expense, which will reduce the amount of corporate tax they have to pay on their profits.
This report finds that the Australian finance sector’s concentration on profits at all costs compromises the ethical integrity of workers in the industry. The report argues that while the Banking Royal Commission uncovered widespread misconduct in Australia’s banking and financial services sector, it failed to...
This interim report shows that the big four banks considered various factors as they decided whether to pass on the RBA’s June, July and October 2019 rate cuts. But recovering profits was central to their decisions to not always fully pass through the lower rates...
The purpose of this policy is to help consumers and Consumer Data Right (CDR) participants understand the approach that the ACCC and the OAIC will adopt to encourage compliance with CDR Rules, legislation (including Privacy Safeguards) and Consumer Data Standards. The policy also sets out...