Australia's Westpac Bank Announces Upcoming Support for Apple Pay

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Westpac, the second largest bank in Australia, has announced plans to implement support for Apple Pay across its brands in 2020, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Apple Pay is now available for the St. George, BankSA, and Bank of Melbourne brands. Customers of these banks with an eligible Visa debit or credit card can now use Apple Pay for contactless payments and online purchases in Australia.


Westpac customers will have access to Apple Pay by June 2020, and the rollout to the main Westpac brand is said to take longer because Westpac currently uses a different banking platform. As the Westpac system is updated, Apple Pay will be rolling out for its regional brands.

"We want to assure Westpac customers we are working to bring them Apple Pay as quickly as possible, while we roll-out the technology across our different banking platforms," said chief executive of consumer banking David Lindberg.

Westpac has been a notable Apple Pay holdout and is the fourth of Australia's "big four" banks to implement support for Apple Pay. Along with NAB and Commonwealth Bank, Westpac attempted to collectively bargain with Apple in an attempt to force Apple to open up the iPhone's NFC capabilities to support other digital wallets, like those offered by Westpac itself.

Apple argued that this would be harmful to consumers and would stifle innovation, and Australian regulators took Apple's side in the dispute. The banks were not provided with authorization to collectively bargain with Apple.

ANZ, one of the four major banks, has supported Apple Pay since it launched in Australia. Commonwealth Bank, Australia's largest bank, has supported Apple Pay since January 2019, and NAB implemented support in May 2019.

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SoldOnApple

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National Australia Bank has it already, must be under the St George brand. Where is ECG for Apple Watch, or Apple Card for Aussies, we pay more than most for Apple products and services.
 

Wanted797

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National Australia Bank has it already, must be under the St George brand. Where is ECG for Apple Watch, or Apple Card for Aussies, we pay more than most for Apple products and services.
ECG is required to pass health standards to be implement. Apple would never launch it with out being able to say it meets our standard.

Apple Card is sold through Goldman & Sachs an American bank not Australian. Apple would need to partner with an Australian bank to set this up. We’re also only like 20m people. Europe and Asia is a bigger market to them.
 
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throAU

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Still not available till June 2020? Oh well too little too late for me. Love ING.
I literally moved most of my banking to Beyond Bank because NAB held out for so long.

The fact that I speak with a human from first point of contact, their rates and fees are lower and their internet banking experience isn't a total dumpster fire are also big bonuses :D


disclaimer: i have no connection with beyond bank other than being a happy customer
 
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Ollé

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It was only a matter of time before the remnants of the Big4 caved since they have been haemorrhaging customers to independents and credit unions like ING and People's Choice that aren't stuck not moving with the times.
 
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tillsbury

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Here in nz I switched to ANZ years ago when they first supported apple pay. It's amazing that banks don't realise how little there is to differentiate them and how a feature like this is of critical importance.
 
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c2104338

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Westpac? The same bank in the news for 23,000,000 cases of breaching money laundering and counter-terrorism finance laws? Or which failed to investigate customers who made transactions possibly linked to child exploitation in the Philippines and South-East Asia?

Watch the customers come flooding back!
 

Wanted797

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I literally moved most of my banking to Beyond Bank because NAB held out for so long.

The fact that I speak with a human from first point of contact, their rates and fees are lower and their internet banking experience isn't a total dumpster fire are also big bonuses :D


disclaimer: i have no connection with beyond bank other than being a happy customer
I left NAB for ANZ as well way back when it first came out. I wait 12 months and they still hadn’t adopted Apple Pay. Then they joined the dumbass lawsuit against Apple. So I was gone.
 
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