ASIC’s ICO guidance a welcome signpost for Australia’s regulatory environment

The release of the Australian securities regulators guidance framework for initial coin offerings (ICOs) is an important step forward for startups looking to crowd-fund a project using digital currencies, and could help further worldwide regulatory discussions on the issue.

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FinTech Australia shares capitalisation table calculator

FinTech Australia is happy to share a useful new capitalisation calculator from CapitalPitch.


20 days left to take part in Societe Generale China Startup Challenge

FinTech Australia wants to share an important opportunity by Societe Generale to help get your startup off the ground at the same time as showcasing your solution.


Australia’s fintech festival to have world-first gender equality commitment

Australias inaugural fintech festival will have what is believed to be a world-first gender equality target, as part of an ongoing campaign to drive increased levels of female participation in Australias most important startup sector.


Member announcements in September 2017

We’ve listed some of the great announcements and achievements from our members in the month of September 2017.


Jobs for NSW unveils new, refreshed loan portfolio

As some members may have seen, Jobs for NSW has this month released a new, refreshed loan portfolio to help businesses scale and accelerate jobs growth in metro and regional NSW. (more…)

Business and consumer demand drives Australia’s surge to second largest Asia Pacific alternative finance market

New research showing Australia has risen to become the second largest alternative finance market in the Asia Pacific sends a strong signal to the world about the underlying strength of Australias fintech and business environment.


Australian payments industry in world spotlight after big win

Australias credentials as an international hotspot for innovative payments solutions has been boosted by the selection of a Melbourne-based company as the joint winner of an industry challenge held by the worlds leading financial messaging provider.


World-leading Regtech showcased at event held by Australia’s financial services regulator

Regulatory technology companies that help monitor and manage financial advisor behaviour, potentially risky home loan portfolios and suspicious financial transactions were among those showcased at an event held by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) in Sydney.


Consumers and businesses win in private company equity crowdfunding bill changes

FinTech Australia has welcomed significant changes to draft legislation allowing private companies to crowdfund equity, which will ensure investors are protected while at the same time delivering reduced costs and red tape for companies.

The draft crowdfunding legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament today.


FinTech Australia welcomes strong performance by Sydney and Melbourne in latest Global Financial Centres Index

FinTech Australia has welcomed the strong performance by Sydney and Melbourne in the latest Global Financial Centres Index, with Sydney now being named as a global leader and Melbourne jumping eight ranking spots.

Published every six months, the index measures the attractiveness of 108 financial centres. It analyses research by major international organisations such as the World Bank and United Nations alongside thousands of survey responses. (more…)

Two Australian fintechs selected to help develop payments solutions for the world

Two Australian fintech companies have beaten entrants from across the world to be selected among five finalists in a global payments industry challenge, where they will work to develop new cross-border solutions for thousands of banks.


Australia enjoys spike in fintech investment

Australia along with the rest of the world enjoyed a spike in fintech investment during the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Pulse in Fintech report by KPMG which was released last month.