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Our Story

By farmers, for farmers.

Over 118 years ago...

Rabobank was originally founded by farmers looking to support each other's businesses and give rural communities access to fair financing.

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From humble beginnings...

In the mid-19th century Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen realised urban financial institutions were not able to meet the needs of rural farmers. 

He devised a system in which the savings of rural farmers were collected to establish the first cooperative bank to serve their needs. 

For its time, this was a new approach to banking, combining idealistic principles within a business framework - a bank "of the customer" and "for the customer".

As a cooperative, the Rabobank Group is comprised of : a central banking organisation, "Rabobank Nederland"; 123 local cooperative Member Banks; an international banking arm and several subsidiaries.

Rabobank is guided by the goal of enabling individuals and businesses to participate fully and independently in the economic activity of their local communities.

Our customers' best interest remain the foundation of everything we do.

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Still cooperative. Still no shareholders.

Providing finance to farmers since 1898 has given Rabobank a unique understanding of agriculture and the importance of taking a long-term view. 

Through bumper seasons and leaner times alike, we’re here to help you grow. 

100% of our deposits are reinvested into Australian agribusiness, supporting the livelihood of farmers and rural communities.

"It's refreshing to be part of a bank with such strong integrity and values. Rabobank has no shareholders. 

Clients are our sole priority.” 

Wayne Saunders, Rabobank Branch Manager, Mildura

A focus on food

Our focus is on food and agribusiness, pure and simple.

All up, we have 600 rural specialists in 61 branches across Australia with a wealth of local, on-farm, and banking knowledge across the entire agribusiness value chain.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

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Personalised Service

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

Our strength is built upon the commitment and knowledge of our people. We believe in 'old fashioned' personal service and with many of our rural managers being from the land, they don’t just understand farming, they live and breathe it.

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