Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Like the rest of Australia's Finance subdivision, credit unions have been hurt by the global financial crisis and a slowing economy in 2008-09. Their mutual status, prudent lending and heavy reliance on deposits for funding have shielded the industry to some extent, but the past five years have been difficult nonetheless. As the Australian economy transitions from mining to non-mining sectors, the Reserve Bank of Australia has dropped interest rates to historic lows. This decimated the revenue generated from lending portfolios. Even more detrimental was the effect of credit unions leaving the industry and taking portions of revenue and asset base with them. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to decline at an annualised 8.8% over the five years through 2014-15 to reach $2.4... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Credit unions are estimated to have 586 branches throughout Australia in 2014-15. Some of the large credit unions are expanding their branch networks beyond traditional locations. For example, before the two entities merged to form People's Choice Credit Union, South Australia-based Savings & Loans Credit Union expanded into Melbourne, while the Australian Central Credit Union expanded beyond its regional network into metropolitan Adelaide.
The geographical spread is based on data released by APRA. New South Wales is by far the largest credit union region, accounting for 49.8% of all branches. Several credit unions have their main operations in this state, which bolsters this market... purchase to read more