Our History


Canterbury Surrey Hills Community Finance Limited (CASH Group) was created by locals to help locals get their banking back after the closure of banks on Maling Road, Canterbury and Union Road, Surrey Hills. The Surrey Hills Community Bank Branch opened in February 2003 and the Canterbury Community Bank Branch opened in August 2003.


CASH Group makes its first financial contributions back to the community.


We opened a third branch, the Ashburton Community Bank Branch, in October 2008. It was the first Community Bank branch to compete in a retail strip with branches from the major banks, and it has been successful in growing business and support from the local community.

CASH Group listed on the Bendigo Stock Exchange.


Our fourth Branch was opened in Balwyn in 2011


CASH Group records almost $450 million in total business.


CASH Group achieves $3 million in financial contributions back to the community.


In 2022 our company name was changed to Inner East Community Finance Limited (IECF) to reflect more accurately the broader area in which we operate.

IECF achieves $1 billion in total business.


IECF achieves $7 million in financial contributions back to the community.

We are very proud of our strong and valued brand, our commitment to great customer service and our role in our communities. We provide economic and social value by funding more than 320 community groups and organisations. We have supported sporting club facility upgrades and provided equipment and uniforms for sports groups, provided equipment for aged-care and community welfare organisations, supported schools and early childhood centres and leadership opportunities through our youth programs just to name a few.

Read our 15-year History publication here