About Us

FinTech Australia is a member driven organisation that is building an ecosystem for Australian fintechs to advance the global economy and culture.

We're here to grow the Australian fintech community.

FinTech Australia is a member-driven organisation that is building an ecosystem of Australian fintechs to advance the global economy and culture. We are here to build a strong community, foster connections while supporting innovation and regulation that our members require. Above all else, we are here to be the voice of the Australian fintech community.

What We Do

Connect

Bringing together all parts and players in the financial technology ecosystem and facilitating collaboration and conversation.

Advocate

Advocating for all members across all levels of government to help shape the regulatory framework of the future.

Challenge

Challenging existing structures and driving policy reform to ensure there is continued growth and evolution of fintech in the country

Our Journey So Far

FinTech Australia has managed to achieve a lot in a very short period of time

March 2016

FinTech Australia held its inaugural AGM and elected its first Committee, three of whom are on the Fintech Advisory Group. In June 2016, FinTech Australia announced the appointed of its inaugural CEO.

August 2016

FinTech Australia in partnership with EY Sweeney launches the inaugural FinTech Australia Census – a National, in-depth survey of FinTech Startups, examining FinTech-specific challenges such as licensing, bank partnerships and effectiveness of FinTech-specific Government initiatives.

November 2017

As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government introduced a legislative framework for an enhanced regulatory sandbox to enable new and innovative financial technology (fintech) products and services to be tested in Australia. This will extend the scope of activities and the timeframe beyond that of the regulatory sandbox launched by ASIC in December 2016.

March 2018

As announced in the 2017-18 Budget, the Australian Government introduced a legislative framework for an enhanced regulatory sandbox to enable new and innovative financial technology (fintech) products and services to be tested in Australia. This will extend the scope of activities and the timeframe beyond that of the regulatory sandbox launched by ASIC in December 2016.

May 2018

Government agreed to the recommendations of the Review, both for the framework of the overarching Consumer Data Right and for the application of the right to Open Banking, with a phased implementation from July 2019. The Government will phase in Open Banking with all major banks making data available on credit and debit card, deposit and transaction accounts by 1 July 2019 and mortgages by 1 February 2020.

October 2019

The Government released its FinTech and RegTech Issues Paper for consultation, containing numerous points which we raised in our initial paper that we submitted on 4 October. FinTech Australia aims to share the submission to the government on 20 December 2019.

Shaping Policy

We have a strong policy and advocacy agenda to grow the Australian fintech industry and to create jobs, economic growth and prosperity for Australians and Australian-based businesses.

Government relations

We work closely with government and industry to develop new approaches which help accelerate innovation in financial services and drive consumer and business demand for fintech.

Submissions

Since our inception in early 2016, FinTech Australia has produced over 20 submissions on behalf of its 300+ members.

EY FinTech Australia Census

The 2020 EY FinTech Australia Census is now available.

FinTech Australia has continued its successful collaboration with EY Australia to deliver this important piece of research now in its fifth year. The Census remains the only detailed, industry backed analysis of the Australian fintech industry. This year, we decided to focus on key themes shaping the future of fintech in Australia – Open Banking (Consumer Data Right), Access to Capital, Policy Settings and the implications of COVID19 on the industry.

This research initiative forms a critical part of FinTech Australia’s efforts to foster a thriving fintech ecosystem. Australia’s fintech industry has emerged as being among the important fintech ecosystems globally.
The Census gives us hard data and credible insights to back our advocacy work to drive the industry’s ongoing expansion.

This report is also, arguably, the best source document to define the overall shape of Australia’s fintech industry and how we differ from overseas markets. It gives us fine-grain detail about the established and emerging sub-sectors within fintech and helps track the industry’s increasing maturity in terms of company size and revenue.

Our Board & People

Meet the team behind FinTech Australia

Rebecca Schot-Guppy

CEO, FinTech Australia

Simone Joyce
Managing Director Paypa Plane

Simone Joyce

Chair, FinTech Australia & Managing Director, Paypa Plane

Alan Tsen
Founder of SideFund

Alan Tsen

Deputy Chair, FinTech Australia & Fintech Investor

Oliver
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Archa

Oliver Kidd

Secretary, FinTech Australia & Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Archa

Carla Harris
CEO and Co-founder Longevity App

Carla Harris

Treasurer, FinTech Australia & CEO & Co-founder, Longevity App

Paul Kang
Co-founder Entersoft Security

Paul Kang

Board Member, FinTech Australia & Co-Founder / Director, Entersoft Security

Robin Sands
Managing Director at loans.com.au

Marie Mortimer

Board Member, FinTech Australia & Managing Director, loans.com.au

Robin Sands
CEO and Co-founder Link4

Nathan Walsh

Board Member, FinTech Australia & Co-Founder & CEO, Athena

Robin Sands
CEO and Co-founder Link4

Robin Sands

Board Member, FinTech Australia & CEO, Link4 Cloud

Brian Collins
Fintech & Foodtech Managing Director at Startupbootcamp

Brian Collins

Board Member, FinTech Australia & Fintech & Foodtech Managing Director at Startupbootcamp

Cathryn Lyall
Co-Founder, Seed Money Australia & Seismic Foundry

Cathryn Lyall

Non-executive Board Member, FinTech Australia & Co-founder, Seed Money Australia & Seismic Foundry

Cathryn Lyall
Co-Founder, Seed Money Australia & Seismic Foundry

Michael Saadat

Board Member, FinTech Australia & Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Afterpay