TITLE: Fairer deal on ATMs for remote indigenous communities – The Hon Jenny Macklin MP
PORTFOLIO: Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
SNIPPET: The Gillard Government today announces a new commitment by the Australian banking industry and two major independent ATM companies to voluntarily provide free transactions at 76 ATMs across very remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
Indigenous people and residents living in very remote communities often rely on a single ATM located in a community store owned by an independent ATM company to access their cash and check their account balance.
This important initiative follows the recommendations from a joint Treasury/Reserve Bank of Australia Taskforce (Taskforce’) that looked into issues relating to expenditure on ATM fees and the cost of ATM access in very remote Indigenous communities.