ANZ has become the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay, turning on support today for most customers with ANZ Visa credit or debit card and ANZ American Express cards. Although Apple Pay technically launched in Australia in November 2015, until today support was extremely limited to just those with an American Express issued card (a similar situation exists in Canada and Singapore).
ANZ is one of the “big four banks” in Australia, and as ANZ gleefully (I assume) point out in their Apple Pay terms and conditions, the other three do not support Apple Pay:
Apple Pay is not currently available at NAB, CommBank or Westpac.
The full list of supported ANZ cards are listed here.
— ANZ Australia (@ANZ_AU) April 27, 2016
It is interesting to note that most of ANZ Visa cards are supported, but no ANZ MasterCard cards are supported. Interestingly, last week’s launch of Apple Pay in Singapore revealed that Visa support for Apple Pay in Singapore is coming soon to three of their domestic banks.
However, Apple’s Australian website does note that MasterCard support is “coming soon”.