Champions of Payment Freedom: ATMIA Pushes for Reliable, Secure Access for All

Friday, January 12, 2024

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by Sandra Smith

As we begin 2024, the ATM industry faces an important year ahead. Building on the momentum of last year, ATMIA looks forward to continuing to advocate strongly at all levels for the importance of a reliable and secure payment system that is accessible to all consumers and provides them with choice. Late last year, we saw positive signs from the Federal Government, with Treasurer Jim Chalmers committed to developing a national plan to ensure that cash can continue to be used to make payments. While details for this commitment have not yet been released, the clear intention of the Treasurer to keep cash in the payment system is an essential first step in seeing decisive action on securing cash. ATMIA will closely monitor this development in 2024.

ATMIA has also strongly advocated with significant businesses to keep cash as a payment method. We wrote to over 20 retail outlets late last year, highlighting the importance of cash to their business operations and millions of their consumers. We have also heard back from several of these businesses, committing to keeping cash as a payment option. Please click here for an example of the correspondence we received from Bunnings.

There are several items we will continue to follow and address at our Strategic Direction forum in 2024:

  • Senate Enquiry to Bank Closure in Regional Australia – due to be released in May ‘24
  • Treasury review of Australia’s Payment System – ATMIA will be monitored
  • NSW Cashless Pokier machines- program to start in a 2024-expected report to the NSW Government in November ’24

2024 marks a significant milestone for ATMIA as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of our first US conference which will be held in Las Vegas, NV next month.  ATMIA is committed to helping our members save time, money, and resources through education, advocacy, and connections. Our comprehensive programs and services can help your team reach new heights.

To all the non-members out there- why wait?  Join ATMIA today and tap into everything ATM to take your business to the next level!

I’m available anytime if you would like to arrange a quick Team meeting to address any questions or require further information.

On behalf of ATMIA management, we wish you and your staff a prosperous New Year.

We look forward to servicing your membership and continuing our work with the industry to ensure that cash and ATMs remain relevant now... tomorrow… and into the future.

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