Tagged: danielle szetho

Danielle Szetho Resigns from FinTech Australia, Search for New CEO Commences Immediately

Danielle Szetho, the longtime CEO of FinTech Australia, announced her resignation today following two successful years of guiding the young organization to become the leading voice for innovative finance in Australia. FinTech Australia said that Sara Worboys will take over as interim CEO beginning March… Read More

The Australian Tax Office Creates Taskforce on Tax Issues Regarding Cryptocurrencies, FinTech Australia Responds

In December, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) posted an explanation of tax treatment regarding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In response to recent media reports that ATO has set up a new taskforce to examine tax issues around cryptocurrencies, FinTech Australia has posted a response. Danielle Szetho, FinTech… Read More

Changing of the Guard: FinTech Australia Appoints Stuart Stoyan as Chair as Founding Chair Simon Cant Decides to Step Down

Stuart Stoyan, the founder and CEO of Melbourne-based company MoneyPlace – the second fully licensed marketplace lending platform, has become FinTech Australia’s new chair following the departure of founding chair Simon Cant. Stoyan has agreed to be FinTech Australia’s acting chair until June 2018 when… Read More

FinTech Australia: Regulatory Pathway for Challenger Banks Just OK, Could be Improved

FinTech Australia has provided a comment on the consultation paper published in August regarding authorising new entrants into the banking industry. The creation of digital challenger banks in Australia is a welcomed move but, according to FinTech Australia, needs some improvement. The discussion paper proposes… Read More

Australian Fintech Industry Approves: Legislation Passed on AML for Cryptocurrencies

FinTech Australia, the advocacy group for Australia’s burgeoning Fintech industry, has given its seal of approval following the Australian Parliament’s passage of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislation.  According to Fintech leaders, the governmental approach regarding cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, will position Australia as a world leader… Read More

Australia & Indonesia Look to Partner Further on Fintech Initiatives

  FinTech Australia reports on a major Indonesian delegation, including 16 companies and the nation’s financial services regulators, that discussed topics such as financial innovation and how to foster a robust Fintech industry. FinTech Australia described the delegation as arguably the most significant group of Indonesian… Read More

Startup Muster Report Shows Fintech Strength in Australia

The recently published Startup Muster report showed a Fintech sector that was growing solidly in Australia.  According to the report, 19.7% of startup founders indicated Fintech as their industry, up from 15.9% in 2016. Overall, Fintech remains the number one startup sector for founders in Australia… Read More

Australian Online Lender Prospa Tops Key Milestone as it Originates Over $500 Million in Loans

Prospa has claimed first in the race to originate over half a billion in small business loans. The online lender states that over the past 12 months, Prospa has experienced dramatic growth, doubling the size of its loan book. Prospa has now provided credit to… Read More

FinTech Australia Shares Ecosystem Map as Fintech Booms Down Under

FinTech Australia, the national association for Australia’s Fintech industry, has just released a new member ecosystem map designed to visually depict the extraordinary growth in Australia’s Fintech industry in just four months. This week Australia’s inaugural Fintech festival Intersekt kicks off so the timing is important. … Read More

National Australia Bank Backs Fintech Hackathon at Intersekt

One of the four largest banks in Australia, National Australia Bank (NAB), has partnered on the upcoming Fintech hackathon taking place during Australia’s first Fintech festival – Intersekt. The hackathon expects to find new ways for businesses to benefit from improved and smarter access to… Read More

Australia Appoints New ASIC Chair, FinTech Australia Welcomes Him Aboard

Today, the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, Kelly O’Dwyer, announced the appointment of James Shipton as the new Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).  A Goldman Sachs veteran, Shipton is currently leading a research center at Harvard Law School where he… Read More

FinTech Australia Says ASICs Recognition of ICOs a Positive Step for Crowdfunding with Digital Coins

Yesterday, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) published guidance on the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) market. The cautionary note told investors to be diligent when reviewing ICOs for a potential investment while noting security offerings are a regulated activity. FinTech Australia called ASICs move… Read More

FinTech Australia Announces Upcoming Intersekt Fintech Festival to Have World-First Gender Equality Commitment

Fintech Australia announced its upcoming Intersekt Fintech Festival is set to be a world-first gender equality target and is part of an ongoing campaign to drive increased levels of email participation in the country’s startup sector. The festival is set to be held in Melbourne from… Read More

CCAF Asia-Pacific Report Shows Dramatic Rise for Alternative Finance in Australia

China is the biggest kid on the block when it comes to the emerging alternative finance market in the Asia Pacific region. In fact, China has the largest alternative finance market in the world driven by a fast growing economy, a highly connected population via… Read More

Australia to Fix Gap in Crowdfunding Regulations as Private Companies May Gain Eligibility in New Legislation

This week the Australian Parliament introduced new legislation that will extend crowdfunding or “crowdsourced equity funding” (as the Aussies call it) to private companies. This is an important fix that will create a far more robust and equitable crowdfunding ecosystem in Australia. Earlier this year,… Read More

FinTech Australia CEO Issues A Statement on Anti-Money Laundering & Terrorism Financing Laws

Following the Coalition Government’s announcement of its first stage of reforms to strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act, FinTech Australia’s CEO, Danielle Szetho, issued a statement on the situation.  According to a press release issued by the Australian Minister of Justice, the new bill… Read More

Fintech Australia Comments on Report: Sydney Could Potentially Challenge Singapore as Fintech Hub

FinTech Australia is out with a comment on the report that was published by the Committee for Sydney regarding the Fintech sector in Australia. FinTech Australia welcomed the report, entitled “Scaling the Fintech Opportunity: For Sydney & Australia,” as it indicates that Sydney is a… Read More

FinTech Australia: Sydney & Melbourne Startup Hubs a Boon for Fintech

Both Sydney and Melbourne have announced the creation of startup hubs. Sydney has proposed an 11 floor innovation center that will be the largest in the southern hemisphere. In fact, Jobs for NSW has stated it would invest $35 million in the facility. A Fintech… Read More

FinTech Australia Publishes Fintech Ecosystem Map

FinTech Australia is out today with a Fintech Ecosystem Map visually representing the ever-changing and growing number of entities participating in innovative finance in Australia. FinTech Australia says it intends on updating the map every six months to keep things current. Currently, the map lists… Read More

FinTech Australia Says Competition in Banking is Needed to Benefit Consumers & Business as Government Seeks to Reduce Barriers for Fintech Startups

It is a truism that increasing competition in the banking sector will benefit both consumers and businesses. Yet high hurdles remain in place for emerging Fintech companies to challenge established financial firms such as banks. FinTech Australia, the advocacy group promoting all things Fintech related,… Read More