ANZ gives $1 million to bushfire victims ANZ Bank have announced a range of support measures including a financial assistance package for communities affected by bushfires. “This bushfire season is having a devastating impact on the wellbeing and livelihoods of families, customers and communities,” said ANZ’s Michelle Jablko. “In releasing this package, we hope to play a role in supporting firefighting efforts as well as the economic recovery and financial wellbeing for those affected, including our customers.” Impacted ANZ customers are encouraged to visit their local ANZ branch or contact ANZ to discuss their personal or business circumstances. ANZ Bank customer helpline information ANZ Bank has announced an assistance package for bushfire affected communities and has encouraged customers who have been impacted by the fires to contact their branch or call the helpline. ANZ Bank customer helpline: 1800 149 549 (Monday – Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm AEDT). ANZ Bank business customer helpline: Call your relationship manager or 800 149 549. ANZ Insurance customer helpline: 13 16 14 ANZ Bank supports bushfire victims ANZ Bank has announced support for customers affected by bushfires anywhere in Australia. ANZ Bank can support customers by: Suspending repayments on loans and credit cards for up to three months which may include interest capitalisation. Temporary interest rate relief for customers experiencing extreme financial distress. Waiving of fees associated with restructuring business loans. Access to term deposits early without fees. ANZ Home and Contents insurance customers may be eligible for emergency funds and temporary accommodation. ANZ Bank bushfire assistance package ANZ Bank have pledged an initial package of $1 million to support customers and communities affected by bushfires. The package complements ANZ’s financial assistance and support for customers and includes: $300,000 donation to volunteer fire services in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.$500,000 allocated to support local community services as well as home loan customers who have lost their homes to bushfires.A contribution to Tennis Australia’s ‘Aces for Bushfire Relief’ initiative running throughout the Australian Open.ANZ’s insurance partner QBE will prioritise claims and offer emergency payments and temporary accommodation. Bank Australia launches rate discount for green homes Bank Australia has launched the Clean Energy Home Loan which provides a 0.4 per cent pa rate discount for up to five years for customers who ‘go green.’ Customers who buy or build a home with a minimum 7-star rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) can get the loan discount. The Bank Australia Clean Energy Home Loan rate discount is available on the Bank Australia Premium Package Home Loan on loan amounts under $1.5m. Bank Australia Managing Director Damien Walsh said he was proud to reward people who make their homes more sustainable. Bank Australia plans to extend green rate discount to improvements for existing dwellings as well. The best credit cards for QFF points in January 2020 Right now, banks and other credit card issuers are competing hard to win new customers. Credit cards have some amazing QFF points deals on offer in January 2020. Some of the top deals available on InfoChoice now include the Qantas American Express Ultimate credit card which is currently promoting a 55,000 bonus Qantas Points giveaway. Read more about great QFF linked credit cards at InfoChoice. Judo Bank changes term deposit rates Online bank Judo Bank is the market leader in term deposits in January 2020. 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