Event Wrap-Up: 2018 AFIA Conference:Taking Charge of the Change

30 November 2018

On 20 November 2018, AFIA hosted our annual Conference Taking Charge of the Change, providing insights to facilitate delegates’ strategic responses to factors influencing financing Australia’s future. Key areas included Government priorities, economic trends both globally and domestically, emerging technologies - utilisation and potential impacts on the future of jobs and embedding trust and ethics in organisational culture to drive customer-centric outcomes.

Event Wrap-Up: AFIA Connect and Collaborate to Finance Australia’s Future

8 November 2018

AFIA recently hosted our Annual Key Stakeholder Event: Connect and Collaborate to Finance Australia’s Future, which discussed the reform and regulation affecting our finance industry on 30 October 2018. Thank you to everyone who attended in person or in spirit.

We had a wonderful turn out and valued connecting with key industry stakeholders including political influencers, policy reformers and regulators together with our members and others from the industry.  

AFIA has sought a correction of the article titled “Consumers the Big Winners with New Credit Card Restrictions” Printed in the Australian on 6 September

AFIA Seeks Correction to Article Titled: Consumers the Big Winners with New Credit Card Restrictions

7 September 2018

Notice to Members - Change of Auditor

10 July 2018

The Australian Finance Industry Association Limited ACN 000 493 907 (AFIA) hereby gives notice to Members that HLB Mann Judd has resigned as AFIA’s auditor with effect from 10 July 2018.

The resignation of HLB Mann Judd was approved by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission on 28 June 2018.

The Board of AFIA has resolved to appoint Pitcher Partners Sydney, as its new auditor.

The change of auditor is an outcome of AFIA’s strategic refresh following the merging of the Australian Equipment Lessors Association, Australian Fleet Lessors Association and Debtor Invoice Finance Association with the Australian Finance Industry Association Limited (formerly the Australian Finance Conference) in June 2017.

For further information please contact AFIA’s Chief Executive Officer, Helen Gordon, helen@afia.asn.au.

Roundtable on Innovations in Small Business Finance

15 June 2018

The Reserve Bank hosted a roundtable discussion on innovations in small business finance yesterday, along with the Australian Treasury and the Australian Finance Industry Association. The roundtable was chaired by Christopher Kent, Assistant Governor (Financial Markets) of the Reserve Bank.

Small businesses are very important for the economy, but they face challenges accessing finance. Entrepreneurs find it hard to borrow funds when they first start their businesses, and when they are looking to expand. There is a heavy reliance in small business lending on housing collateral and personal guarantees. Entrepreneurs also find loan application processes burdensome, and it can be difficult to compare products across lenders.

The aim of the roundtable was to discuss innovative financing options for small businesses that are emerging from outside the traditional banking system. The participants included representatives from non-bank lenders, government and financial regulators. A broad range of financing options was discussed, including debtor finance, cash flow lending and marketplace lending.

The participants highlighted a number of issues in the small business lending market, including:

  • How to improve access to finance for small businesses while appropriately managing risk

  • How to take account of collateral other than real property when lending to small businesses

  • The availability of funding for new lenders to small businesses

Another key focus of the roundtable was how to improve the information available for both lenders and small businesses. Comprehensive credit reporting and open banking have the potential to improve access to finance by providing lenders with more information for making lending decisions. Small businesses could also benefit from receiving more information about their borrowing options, and the factors that affect their creditworthiness.

Participants agreed that innovation will be important for improving outcomes for both borrowers and lenders in the small business lending market. The Reserve Bank will continue to monitor developments closely.

AFIA introduces the National Car Rental Code of Practice

1 March 2018

The Australian Finance Industry Association (AFIA) – Fleet & Rental Division has today released a new national Car Rental Code of Practice. AFIA Rental Group members make up a significant proportion of the Australian car rental industry and have committed to delivering enhanced protections for their customers.

As the Australian body for car rental companies, AFIA developed the Code to provide greater transparency and enhanced consumer confidence around car rental practices, on a national scale. The Code ensures an industry standard is set and met on a wide range of issues including: transparency of pricing and credit card charging practices, rental contract terms and damage assessment and billing. This is supported by a clear process to allow customers to raise complaints with our members where they should be resolved in a timely and fair manner. On those occasions where customers may want further consideration following a member’s decision, a further conciliation process is provided.