Our Story

We began in 1951 as a self help lending group affiliated with the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Our name in those days was Self Reliance and our goal was to provide financial help to newly arrived Ukrainian migrants.

Over time, the rules and regulations under which the banking business was conducted progressively strengthened and formalised through the establishment of Dnister as a Credit Society in 1959. It was from these humble beginnings that the current day financial institution emerged.

Dnister is proud of its background, its heritage and the fact that it is the largest ethnic based credit co-operative in Australia.

Our Mission

Financial advantage, prosperity and wealth… for members and for the Ukrainian community in Australia

Our Vision

Dnister is a member owned Co-operative specialising in serving the financial service needs of Australians of Ukrainian descent, heritage and/or cultural affinity.

It is an asset of immense and enduring value to members and the Australian Ukrainian community because it delivers distinctive value and personal advantage.

We will achieve this Vision by:

  • Attracting people of Ukrainian descent, and those with an affinity to the Ukrainian community, to be members of Dnister

  • Gaining the confidence and trust of our members

  • Understanding members’ particular financial needs and assisting them to achieve their goals

  • Ensuring we are a profitable and viable organisation

  • Offering exceptional underlying security and protection of member deposits and assets

  • Providing timely and high quality customer service

  • Continually striving to enhance our members’ financial security and welfare by providing competitive products and services

  • Sharing profits among members and the Australian Ukrainian community

  • Promoting democracy, equity and fairness among members, for the benefit of  members