Fintech industry updates: Issues paper update & dates for next year's finnies and intersekt


It’s the last month of the year and we’re not slowing down just yet. The Senate Committee Issues Paper is still our highest priority and we thank all our members who provided their inputs. Through the submission we aim to deliver a clear outcome and help our politicians create a policy environment that will help the sector thrive.
And finally…
Rehan and I will be catching up with our members in Melbourne and Sydney in January to hear about success stories, challenges and other service offerings we could develop to maximise value from being members. If you wish to become a member of FinTech Australia, please email rehan to schedule a meeting. We’re also open to suggestions via email. (more…)

Australia Makes Top 10 In Global Fintech Standings

(13th) and Melbourne (32) outperform major centres in the first  global fintech index covering more than 230 cities across 65 countries
SYDNEY, 4 DECEMBER 2019: Australia’s positive initiatives to establish and grow its fintech sector is paying dividends. The country ranks eighth in the Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 which evaluates the fintech ecosystems of more than 230 cities across 65 countries. Australia’s leading cities for fintech are Sydney – in 13th position, second only to Singapore in the Asia Pacific region – and Melbourne 32nd. (more…)

FA industry updates Nov 21, 2019


Yesterday we held our Roundtable on the Select Senate Committee Issues Paper in our three live locations and over teleconference, with our members and policy partners.I would like to thank everyone who participated in the discussion and added notes to our submission document; the input was invaluable to craft the first draft.

A structured draft will be provided to members by Thursday 28 November, for their comments, feedback and review.The paper will be used by the government to drive policy around a wide variety of issues that affect Fintechs, from the R&D tax incentive to Open Banking and fostering innovation through flexible regulations. More on this below. (more…)

FA industry updates October 24, 2019


Intersekt 2019 was a resounding success. This year, we had over 500 delegates attend over the week and over 130 presenters and panellists participating in the festival. Our seven satellite events allowed for agreater degreeof engagement with their respective topics and our industry dinners & cocktail functions fostered an informal environment for relationship creation and networking.This conference would not be possible with our sponsors and partners, and I would like to personally thank them for their support. I would also like to thank my team, Rehan, Lisa, Brandon, Harrison and Amy for all your efforts. (more…)

Updates in the fintech industry October 24, 2019


Intersekt 2019 was a resounding success. This year, we had over 500 delegates attend over the week and over 130 presenters and panellists participating in the festival. Our seven satellite events allowed for agreater degreeof engagement with their respective topics and our industry dinners & cocktail functions fostered an informal environment for relationship creation and networking.This conference would not be possible with our sponsors and partners, and I would like to personally thank them for their support. I would also like to thank my team, Rehan, Lisa, Brandon, Harrison and Amy for all your efforts. (more…)

Updates in the fintech industry September 19, 2019


Last week, the Government announced a Select Senate Committee for FinTech which will be led by the honourable Senator Bragg. We applaud the government for taking a wider view and looking to other markets which has been something FinTech Australia has advocated for, especially given Hong Kong and Singapores National Strategy for fintech. In addition, we hope that the enquiry leads to better fintech awareness leading to increased consumer adoption for our members. (more…)

FA industry updates September 19, 2019


Last week, the Government announced a Select Senate Committee for FinTech which will be led by the honourable Senator Bragg. We applaud the government for taking a wider view and looking to other markets which has been something FinTech Australia has advocated for, especially given Hong Kong and Singapores National Strategy for fintech. In addition, we hope that the enquiry leads to better fintech awareness leading to increased consumer adoption for our members.

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Intersekt EDM Program Release

We are delighted to announce that Intersekt 2019 will feature a fireside chat with Shayne Elliot, CEO of ANZ Bank, on the financial services environment post-Royal Commission.
The program also features keynotes from:- Gwen Sandberg, Business Development Director at Tink AB- Aoife Houlihan, VP Communications & Public Policy at Klarna

David Thomasson, Product Director, Payments & Commercial Lending at Metro Bank

Natasha Osmond-Dreyer, Director, Blue Marbles

Brad van Leeuwan, VP of Partnerships and Marketing, Railsbank

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Updates in the fintech industry September 5, 2019


Over the past two weeks,FinTech Australia heldIntersekt roadshow events at Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. We have thoroughly enjoyed strengthening relationships across the country and look forward to increasing the opportunities for all members. Tonight, we have the Adelaide Roadshow at Lot Fourteen with Prospa, tickets are still available till 4:30pm so get in quick. Next Monday, we will be holding the finale to our roadshows in Brisbane with amber, Cake Equity, Paypa Plane and Suncorp. Registrations and more information in the opportunities section. (more…)

FA industry update


This year, FinTech Australia has made an effort to connect more with the regional fintech hubs across Australia. In line with this commitment, we will be hosting Intersekt roadshows in VIC, NSW, WA, SA and QLD, not only to give you a taste of the key themes of Intersekt 2019 but also to showcase the extraordinary fintech talent present in the country.

The dates for these roadshows are:
Thursday, 22 August Melbourne
Wednesday, 28 August Sydney
Tuesday, 3 September Perth
Wednesday, 4 September Adelaide
Monday. 9 September Brisbane
More details and registrations below.

Ticket sales for Intersekt 2019 have officially opened,Register for Intersekt 2019 here.

Over the last few weeks, we held roundtables in Sydney and Melbourne with the Hon. Senator Jane Hume. This provided a direct dialogue between the startup ecosystem and government, allowing our members to shed light on their challenges, the future of the industry and where they would like to see legislative change. We are now producing a document which will aid Senator Hume in creating a policy roadmap.

We will be holding another roundtable with ASIC on the e-payments code that was submitted earlier this year.

We have completed the Submission to Treasury on Currency

We are looking forward to working with UK DIT on the Australian Fintech Mission to the UK for Lendit Fintech Europe 2019, this September. This is an important step in helping our Australian Fintechs launch in the UK market under the fintech bridge and this year we expect to see 10 Australian fintechs take part in the program.This is the first of many missions and we are looking towards running a mission to Innovate Finance summit in April next year. (more…)