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Savings Interest Rate Changes effective 1 October 2020

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We are reducing interest rates for our Bonus Saver Account (S7) by 0.10% to 0.90% (inclusive of the base rate plus bonus rate).

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Unity Bank Adjusts Branch Operation Model in Response to Member Needs

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Published on August 31 2020

To adapt to the way our Members prefer to do their banking today, we are making some adjustments to our branch model. The new model will see new skills developed for existing staff, additional staff added to our Call Centre operation and an increase in the availability of our mobile lending services.  

Under the changes, the opening hours across all our branches will be adjusted so that staff can divide their time between over-the-counter branch services, Call Centre enquiries, online digital support and having personalised conversations with Members. 

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Updates to our Fees & Charges and Transaction Limits document

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We have made some changes to our Fees & Charges and Transaction Limits document. To access the Fees & Charges and Transaction Limits document now dated 24 August 2020, please click here.

What are the changes

Retailers and merchants can choose which network they process a transaction through, including contactless transactions (e.g. the Visa network or the EFTPOS network). Transactions processed via the Visa network do not count towards your excess transaction limit. However, transactions processed via the EFTPOS network do count towards this limit.

What this means for you

This change to our Fees & Charges and Transaction Limits document has been made to help you better understand how your excess transaction limits may be affected if a merchant processes a transaction via the EFTPOS network. No action is required by you.  

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Slashed stamp duty gives a positive boost for first home buyers

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The new scheme released by the Australian Government for first home buyers is a game-changer and a welcome helping hand during these tough times.

For first home buyers, under the new scheme, the threshold that Stamp Duty will be charged on new homes will increase from the current $650,000 to $800,000, with the concession reducing on higher values before phasing out at $1 million. The stamp duty threshold on vacant land will rise from $350,000 to $400,000 and will phase out at $500,000.

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CUPID-19: Romance scammers taking advantage of the continuing pandemic

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With the pandemic continuing to affect the daily lives of Australians, romance scammers are targeting the emotionally vulnerable and taking advantage of people wanting to escape the reality of lockdown. 

Coined “romance scammers”, criminals create fake profiles on popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram or dating sites. They then start a conversation with their targets to build their trust, sometimes talking to them multiple times a day and for several months. Once they have built up this trust, they will trick their victims through a false story and ask for money.

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COVID-19 Business Support: No Monthly Service fees for Commercial Loans for an additional six months

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Published on 25 Sept 2020

A reminder that our Financial Assistance Package is available to help small - mid business Members who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing relief assistance on all types of home loans, personal or car loans, overdrafts or credit cards and all commercial loan repayments. If you wish to apply for financial relief, please complete our Financial Assistance application form and one of our friendly staff will contact you to assist.

Furthermore, under the SME Guarantee Scheme, Unity Bank will be able to offer an unsecured 3-year term loan to all business customers with a turnover of less than $50 million. For the first six months, payments are deferred and interest to be capitalised. After the deferral period, you can choose to pay Principal and Interest payments, or in certain circumstances Interest Only payments with full clearance of the debt at the end.

These loans will be offered to new and existing members at a variable interest rate and a minimum establishment fee of $500.

To get started or find out more, request a call back from our Lending Specialist or call 1300 65 4477 to arrange a discussion about your business needs today. 

This information has been prepared without having regard for your individual and/or business objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Unity Bank reserves the right to change or cancel these offers at anytime without notice. These products are only available to approved business customers and for business purposes only. This offer cannot be used to refinance existing debt or purchase an asset. Applications for finance are subject to Unity Bank’s credit eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges.

 

Lodging your tax return COVID-19 Edition

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As many of us would already know, lodging your tax return at the end of this financial year may be different compared to previous years. COVID-19 has resulted in many disruptions in the workplace causing some companies to relocate their staff to work from home. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recognised this and has implemented a different method to claim some of your expenses this year.

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Spear Phishing: What is it and how to protect yourself.

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Cybercriminals are once again working hard to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation through new phishing campaigns. Most recently, a wide range of political and private-sector organisations in Australia have come under cyber-attack by a “sophisticated state-based cyber actor”. This phishing tactic is called spear phishing.

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Reducing your excess transaction fees

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In Oct last year, the entire Wesfarmers Group including Coles and Bunnings rolled out changes to their transaction routing capabilities on their EFTPOS machines where contactless payments are accepted. This software change now generates excess bank charges when a customer uses the Visa PayWave transactions at any of their business outlets. 

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Important Changes to BPAY Payments via Phone Banking

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As part of our ongoing commitment to the security of our Member’s funds, we will be reducing the daily BPAY limit for Members making payments via Phone Banking.

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Two-Factor Authentication, what is it and why you need it.

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With the current technology climate changing and with the advancement of software, keeping your bank accounts secure is becoming more difficult. Two-Factor Authentication (often shortened to 2FA) is not new, but it is gaining momentum as bank accounts are left exposed with weak or poorly secured passwords. Whether it be your bank accounts or social media accounts, the 2FA, also known as Two-Step Verification, provides an extra layer of security to ensure that it's you logging into your accounts.

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Saving for an emergency

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Creating an emergency fund may seem daunting for some. A lot of people may think you need to put away hundreds of dollars each week, which is delaying them from starting one. It doesn't matter how much you are putting in this account as long as you have begun.

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Always Be On The Lookout To Avoid Scams

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Smiley face As your Mutual Bank, we strive to educate and operate vigilantly to prevent our Members from falling victims to scams or frauds. In the past few years, we have advised Members about different types of scams. The latest scam is where the caller identifies themselves as a representative of the "Fraud Department", "Visa Fraud Monitoring Team" or "Fraud team in Collins Street Melbourne" to coerce Members to provide their personal information, card number and transactional data.

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