The End of ATMs in Australia? Thousands of cash machines are removed across the country as banks go digital

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  • ATM’s and bank branches across Australia are continuing to close at a rapid rate
  • Switch by customers to digital banking seen ‘Big Four’ banks switch their focus
  • ANZ head of distribution Kath Bray said changes were a clear sign of the times

As Australian banks continue to focus on digital transactions for customers, ATMs and bank branches are disappearing across the country, according to new data.

The analysis revealed close to 460 bank branches have shut down across the nation in recent years, and dating back to 2020, approximately 3800 previously active ATMs have been removed.

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NSW alone now has 140 fewer in-store banks, and almost 300 suburbs don’t have a singular ATM to withdraw cash.

It is a similar story in Victoria, where 120 branches have permanently closed their doors to customers.

‘Closures have a devastating impact on local communities,’ Finance Sector Union national secretary Julia Angrisano said.

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