Rewards4Earth plans to roll out crypto rewards to 1000 sports clubs in Australia

In a small coastal town just north of Brisbane, Queensland, 20 members of the Coolum Surf Club have been taking part in an initial trial of the Erth Point System, a crypto rewards platform from the Australian company Rewards4Earth. Doug Flockhart, former CEO of Clubs Queensland, the body for community clubs in the state, spoke to Cointelegraph about how his goal is to integrate the system through over 1,000 community clubs across Australia. Flockhart said the top professional rugby league competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) “are very keen” on…

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Chainalysis tips Australia will crack down on misleading crypto ads

Chainalysis’ head of international policy Caroline Malcolm expects Australia’s new rules governing crypto advertising, promotion and consumer safeguards to follow a similar path to the United Kingdom when they come into place within the next year.  “I think we’re more likely to see something along the lines of the UK model which is really focusing on a crackdown on misleading advertising or advertising which doesn’t present the risks alongside the opportunities.” During the Chainalysis Links event in Sydney on June 21, Malcolm told Cointelegraph that this meant treating crypto products…

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Three new crypto ETFs to begin trading in Australia this week

Australians will soon have more options for spot cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs) after a previous hold-up was given the green light this week and new funds entered the ETF market. The latest update came late on May 9 as Cboe Australia issued a round of market notices that three funds previously delayed are expected to begin trading on Thursday, May 12. They include a Bitcoin ETF from Cosmos Asset Management, plus Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) spot ETFs from 21Shares. Cboe Australia and Cosmos did not immediately respond to a…

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Senators Bragg and Lummis discuss crypto laws collaboration between US, Australia

Australian Senator Andrew Bragg hasmet with U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis to discuss potential collaboration on cryptocurrency regulation between the two countries. Senator Bragg is a crypto-friendly politician from the ruling Liberal Party (a conservative center right party) that has been one of the driving forces behind a proposed forward-thinking regulatory scheme in Australia. Last year he fronted the Senate Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Center (ATFC) which tabled 12 extensive regulatory proposals relating to taxation, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) and company licensing. Two months later, Treasurer Josh…

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Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa launch joint CBDC pilot

The central banks of Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa have announced a joint initiative to trial international settlements using central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). The initiative, dubbed Project Dunbar, will prototype shared platforms enabling direct transfers between institutions using digital currencies issued by multiple central banks. The pilot’s findings will be used to inform the “development of global and regional platforms” in addition to supporting the G20’s roadmap for improving cross-border payments. Project Dunbar will be carried out in partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub…

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Binance Australia onboards former DigitalX exec as new CEO

Binance Australia has announced the appointment of Leigh Travers, the former chief executive of local blockchain technology and payments firm DigitalX, as the company’s new CEO. Travers has worked at DigitalX for seven years, and previously served on the board of leading local blockchain industry body, Blockchain Australia. In June 2014, DigitalX became the world’s first publicly-listed blockchain firm after completing a reverse takeover of the Australian Stock Exchange-listed company, Macro Energy Ltd. In an Aug. 28 announcement from Binance, Travers emphasizes that he will prioritize building Binance Australia’s relationships…

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Australia and Singapore conclude digital verification blockchain pilot

The Australian Border Force (ABF), Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) and Singapore Customs, along with other industry representations, have concluded a blockchain trial project analyzing the status of the countries’ digital verification systems in issuing and verifying trade documents. The collaborative venture was a part of the Australia–Singapore Digital Economy Agreement — an initiative designed to increase the efficiency of trade between the two countries, as well as to minimize economic friction in cross-border payments. The interoperability of the two digital verification systems — the ABF’s Intergovernmental Ledger…

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Fake vax certificates renew calls for blockchain-based solution in Australia

With counterfeit Australian coronavirus vaccination certificates circulating online, local experts are calling for the national rollout of a blockchain-based vaccine passport to ensure the efficacy of the country’s “Covid certificate” system. A report in The Australian cites fraudsters who claim to have sold more than 200 fake COVID-19 certificates for $120 or more each and received interest from at least 900 other prospective customers. The fraudsters promote their products as being so convincing that “You’ll be the only one to know you’ve not been vaccinated” and claim they can arrange…

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Blockchain Australia says gov’t still dismissing industry as a ‘wild west’

Blockchain Australia, an association representing the local crypto industry, has warned that the country has fallen behind on the regulatory front due to the undue persistence of a dismissive “wild west” narrative. The association has been proactive in its engagement with the state in recent months, as the government continues to review the future of blockchain and fintech and regulation in the country. Appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre last week, Blockchain Australia CEO Steve Vallas said that the association strongly resists…

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Blockchain Australia calls the state for crypto safe harbor

Blockchain Australia, a major association representing the local cryptocurrency industry, has officially introduced its crypto regulation recommendations to the federal government. The association filed a submission to the Senate Select Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Centre last Friday, calling the government to provide a safe harbor for local crypto service providers. Pointing out a set of regulatory recommendations, Blockchain Australia stressed the need for a coordinated and graduated approach to adopt a “fit-for-purpose regulatory framework,” ensuring innovation and competition in the country while enhancing consumer outcomes.  The crypto…

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