NEWCASTLE PERMANENT STRIVES TO DELIVER A BETTER BANKING EXPERIENCE TO CUSTOMERS THROUGH GROUND-BREAKING PARTNERSHIP WITH FINTECH AUSTRALIA

Newcastle Permanent has become the first customer owned financial institution in Australia to partner with Australia’s national fintech association FinTech Australia, which strives to foster a thriving fintech ecosystem.

“This is a natural partnership for NPBS as we make connections to exciting fintech brands to enable us to further innovate, inform our digital evolution, and grow our business. This, in turn will support us providing a great experience for our customers,” said Bernadette Inglis, Newcastle Permanent CEO. (more…)

FinTech Australia signs on Google Cloud and eftpos corporate partners

FinTech Australia has announced both Google Cloud and eftpos as a new corporate partner for the organisation.

The FinTech Australia partnership program helps embed these companies within the fintech ecosystem and networks them with its key players. Partner companies also serve as a key support for events, awards and other FinTech Australia community activities.

FinTech Australia’s current corporate partners include: Amazon Web Services (AWS), VISA, Bank of Queensland, NAB, EY and BDO. (more…)

FinTech Australia Announces 2020 Finnies Award Winners

October 28, 2020 — Airwallex and Athena Home Loans, Brighte and Wisr are among the biggest winners of the virtual Finnie Awards. 

Airwallex took home a total of four awards including Fintech Organisation of The Year, Excellence in Payments and the new People’s Choice award for Organisation of The Year. The company’s President and co-founder Lucy Liu was also named Emerging FinTech Leader of the Year.

Athena Home Loans was awarded the Excellence in Consumer Lending and for the second year in a row the Emerging FinTech Organisation of The Year. Brighte’ Katherine McConnell was named Female Fintech leader of the year. The company also took out the award for Best Workplace Diversity.  (more…)

Australian fintech sector maintains momentum, despite COVID-19 and capital constraints

  • 39% of local fintechs surveyed now have more than 500 paying customers, up from just 27% in 2019
  • 72% of fintechs say the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on their capital raising ability
  • Payments, wallets and supply chain (30%) and lending (20%) are now the top two types of fintech services, largely driven by a step-change in consumer digital adoption and the rise of the buy now pay later sector

Despite the challenges of operating during a global pandemic, the Australian fintech industry is still managing to sustain its revenue base, attract more paying customers than ever before and plan for future global expansion, according to the EY FinTech Australia Census 2020 (“Census”). (more…)

FinTech Australia Impact on the Senate Inquiry

Dear Community,

Earlier this month the Senate Inquiry for FinTech and RegTech tabled its initial recommendations for future regulation of our industry. Thanks to the input of our members, over a third (14) of the 32 recommendations tabled by the Committee were initially suggested by FinTech Australia.

Crucially, many of the recommendations we suggested covered key policy areas for the fintech industry, including R&D tax incentives and the consumer data right.

We credit this result to the willingness of our members to engage with this process. Over 100 fintechs across various industries worked with us to create a submission that truly represents the community.  (more…)

FinTech Australia is proud to announce the 2020 Finnies finalists

Recognising and rewarding the Australian FinTech community by honouring innovation, growth and collaboration.

 

We are thrilled to announce the finalists for this year’s Finnies!

We received 211 incredible award entries across 19 categories. Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter.

FinTech Australia CEO, Rebecca Schot-Guppy, and the FinTech Australia Board were faced with the incredibly difficult task of arriving at the 134 finalists. The category winners will be announced at the virtual ceremony on Wednesday 28 October. (more…)

FinTech Australia inks collaboration agreement with EY

Ernst & Young Australia (EY) has strengthened its relationship with FinTech Australia through a new collaboration agreement which will enable further involvement in future fintech events, awards and studies into the ecosystem.

The agreement extends and broadens EY’s involvement with FinTech Australia, expanding on its current role as the key research firm behind the annual Australian Fintech Census.

FinTech Australia CEO Rebecca Schot-Guppy said: “Today’s announcement not only confirms EY’s commitment to the Australian fintech ecosystem, but deepens it.” (more…)

Member Success

Fintech continues to grow. Companies in our sector continue to build, hire and serve as a shining example for the government on just how resilient our sector is. A snapshot of our members’ success can be seen below.

As the industry’s peak body, we serve a much broader role than as an industry champion. Working with the board, we have developed three new pillars which will guide our future activities. They are:

Advocate and promote: FinTech Australia will continue to advocate for members in public forums and with policy makers. We will also continue our work promoting the ecosystem and all of its players as broadly as possible.

Engage and connect: Engage directly with members and with relevant partners for the ecosystem and help connect our members where possible to strengthen their growth.

Grow: Strengthen our ecosystem and community, and build awareness of it both locally and internationally. (more…)

FinTech Australia signs on AWS and Visa as corporate partners

FinTech Australia has announced both Amazon Web Services and Visa as corporate partners for the organisation.

In addition to supporting major FinTech Australia activities and events, the partnership program helps embed these companies within the fintech ecosystem and networks them with its key players. 

FinTech Australia’s current corporate partners include: Bank of Queensland, NAB, EY and BDO.

“Our fintech ecosystem is built on the back of partnerships,” Rebecca Schot-Guppy, GM of FinTech Australia said.  (more…)

FinTech Australia partners with Vocus

FinTech Australia has partnered with specialist fibre and network solutions provider Vocus.

Vocus has signed up as an ecosystem corporate partner of FinTech Australia, in addition to supporting its major events. The partnership will see Vocus become a major partner at The Finnie Awards, as well as a supporter of Intersekt – Australia’s FinTech Festival.

Vocus joins AWS, VISA, Bank of Queensland, NAB, EY and BDO as a corporate partner of FinTech Australia. (more…)