Apple Pay arrives for St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne customers, Westpac to follow

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Apple Pay arrives for St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne customers, Westpac to follow

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Apple Pay has launched for St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne customers, while Westpac has promised to deliver the contactless payments platform to customers by June 2020.

St.George, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne have finally partnered with Apple Pay, allowing customers to use their iPhones and Apple Watches to tap and pay. In more good news, Westpac Group has committed to delivering Apple Pay for Westpac customers by June 2020.

Customers with an eligible Visa debit or credit card will continue to receive all the benefits and rewards offered by St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA. With an Apple Watch and and iPhone, customers can tap and pay with Apple Pay in stores, taxis, restaurants, vending machines and many more places. 

Westpac Group Chief Executive Consumer David Lindberg said launching Apple Pay for customers has been a priority for the big four bank. 

"We're excited to introduce Apple Pay for St.George, Bank of Melbourne and BankSA, as part of our commitment to changing our business to better meet the needs of our customers," Mr Lindberg said.

"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."

Westpac is the last of the big four banks to allow customers to tap and pay with Apple Pay. ANZ was the first of the big four to do so in 2016.

The rollout comes after rival big four banks Commonwealth Bank and NAB launched Apple Pay earlier this year after a brawl between Apple and three of the big four banks delayed the introduction of Apple Pay in Australia.

Apple takes a cut from any payments processed through Apple Pay, squeezing bank profit margins, which was the cause of the contention. 

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Emma joined as a Finance Journalist in 2019. She is a journalist with more than five years experience across print, broadcast and digital media, with previous stints at Style Magazines, 4ZZZ radio, and as editor of The Real Estate Conversation. She's most passionate about improving the financial literacy of young women and millennials by writing about complex financial topics in a way that's easy for the average Joe (or Jill) to understand. When she's not writing about finance she's watching Greys Anatomy (again).

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