By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Australia’s FinTech sector has more than doubled in size since 2015, and more than half of Australian FinTech firms are looking to expand overseas.
These are among the key findings of a new census of the Australian FinTech market, commissioned by the government and conducted by EY.
The census found that the number of FinTech firms operating in Australia has more than doubled since 2015 to close to 600.
FinTech adoption in Australia has meanwhile almost tripled over the same period and is expected to further increase to nearly half of Australians in the next 12 months.
Of these, 71% are now post revenue, up from 57% in 2016. The median FinTech post revenue growth between June 2016 and June 2017 was 208%, with 38% of FinTechs recording more than 300% growth over this time.
Over the next 12 months, 75% expect to grow revenue, 63% plan to increase their headcount and 54% plan to pursue or further an overseas expansion.
The top two categories for FinTechs in Australia are wealth and investment (30% of FinTechs) and lending (23%).
More than half (54%) of Australian FinTechs are from NSW, with a further 19% from Victoria, the report found.
The median Australian FinTech has five full-time employees and two part-time employees, but many FinTechs report facing challenges finding qualified talent (46%), particularly engineering, software and sales specialists.
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