On Tuesday 18 December, the prudential regulator announced that Xinja Bank Limited has been officially authorised as a restricted deposit-taking institution (RADI). Xinja is only the second Australian neobank to receive this status. Volt Bank was granted a RADI in May, literally days after APRA finalised the framework, which was created in response to the government’s push for greater innovation and new entrants to the banking industry.
However, as its name suggests, a restricted ADI licence has significant limitations. A RADI is really a stepping stone on the journey to acquiring a full banking licence. It allows neobanks like Xinja and Volt to conduct limited banking capabilities for a maximum period of two years while they develop their capabilities and resources. It also gives them time to raise the significant levels of capital required to meet APRA’s demands for a full banking licence.
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