Summit Roundup

We were delighted at the attendance and enthusiastic support for our inaugural Australian Payment Summit held in Sydney on 13 December. Some 250 participants came together to discuss key trends in payments in Australia and around the world.

The event kicked-off with a warm welcome from Summit co-Chair Harry Smorenberg of Transactives, and an opening address from our Chair, Robert Craig. 

We were honoured to have Dr Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), deliver the keynote address in which he examined a series of working hypotheses around the question: Does the RBA intend to issue a digital form of the Australian dollar? An eAUD? A complete audio webcast and pdf download of the speech is available here.

The Summit provided an excellent opportunity for the valuable exchange of best practices, workable solutions and global lessons among decision-makers and experts from across the payments spectrum.

The topics explored in a series of deep-dive panel debates included:

  • New Payments: Disruption and Change in Cross-Border and Domestic Payments
  • The New Payment Environment and Regulatory Challenges
  • Digital Identity as Cornerstone of Payments
  • Australia in the Context of Global developments

A further two streams, run concurrently throughout the day, offered the opportunity to hear more on:

  • Payment Data Security and Data Privacy
  • Open Banking
  • Online Marketplaces and eCommerce
  • Blockchain

We were pleased to moderate two of the sessions on the day. Our Chief Strategy Officer, Victoria Richardson, led a discussion about the benefits of a nationwide digital identity framework and our CEO, Dr Leila Fourie, led a fireside chat on Fueling Australia’s Fintech Future setting the scene for a showcase of local Fintech innovators.

We thank the delegates, speakers and event partners for their support at this inaugural event. 

Look out for our follow-up blog post providing a comprehensive review of the key themes from the summit. Please get in touch if you would like to offer your feedback on the event or to remain informed of future events. We look forward to bringing you more details on our 2018 industry event.