St. George, Bank of Melbourne & BankSA turn on eftpos in Google Pay

Senior News Journalist · 26 February 2019
More than 300,000 customers of St. George Bank, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA now have the option to use their Google Pay digital wallets to withdraw cash from a range of major retailers from today.
St George Bank of Melbourne and BankSA add eftpos via Google Pay
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Caltex, Domino’s Pizza, FoodWorks, Bunnings and TerryWhite Chemists are among a number of retailers on board.

The three banks, all subsidiaries of Westpac, say this new feature will allow some of their customers to use their Android mobile phones like a debit card at participating retailers, where they can select cheque or savings accounts via eftpos with Google Pay.

An eftpos spokesperson told Canstar that because Google Pay does not support multi-network cards with eftpos yet, only customers with debit cards where the eftpos logo is located on the front – known as Freedom cards – will be able to use the new functionality.

Most debit cards issued in Australia are multi-network (also known as dual-network) cards that support both an international network, such as Visa or Mastercard, and the domestic eftpos network.

eftpos CEO Stephen Benton said the benefit of having access to eftpos via mobile phones means customers won’t need to carry an extra card to access cash at the shops.

eftpos available for Westpac subsidiaries via Google Pay
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This follows ANZ which became the first bank to make cash out available via eftpos on Apple mobile devices in January for its Visa Access Advantage debit cardholders.

ANZ also has eftpos for mobile available via Google Pay, but this only works with ANZ Access eftpos-only debit cards, not Visa.

Other lenders who offer eftpos on Google Pay include People’s Choice Credit Union, CUA and Nexus Mutual.

ANZ customers have had access to Apple Pay since April 2016 when it became the first of the big four banks to offer the payments service.

Commonwealth Bank made Apple Pay available earlier this year after buckling into the popularity of the contactless payments system.

A Westpac spokesperson told Canstar it remains open to offering Apple Pay in the future.

Westpac customers can use Google Pay, but the bank has not confirmed whether it will make eftpos available to withdraw cash, as is the case with its subsidiaries.

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