Australia’s Banking Industry

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Australia’s Banking Industry

Date: May 2011 Disclaimer This publication has been prepared as a general overview of the Banking Industry in Australia and does not constitute and is not intended to constitute financial product advice as defined under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwth). Nothing in this document should be construed as a recommendation or statement of opinion intended to influence a person in making an investment decision. The information is made available on the strict understanding that the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) is not providing professional advice. While all care has been taken in the preparation of this publication, Austrade expressly denies liability for any loss or damage of any nature (including but
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Executive Summary
Australia has a strong, profitable, sophisticated and well regulated banking sector which is welcoming of new entrants and increasingly engaged in regional and global markets.
The financial sector is the largest contributor to Australia’s national output, around 11 per cent of Australian output or A$135 billion of real gross value added in 2010.1 Australia ranked fifth amongst the world’s leading financial systems and capital markets in the 2010 World Economic Forum Financial Development report. Total assets of Australia’s banks, defined as Authorised Deposittaking Institutions (ADIs)2, were A$2.7 trillion. Australia has four large domestic banks (the “four pillars”) that provide full service retail and commercial lending to the Australian economy; Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA),
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