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ANZ Visa payWave – Contactless Payment Technology

Visa payWave is a secure, contactless technology that helps you spend less time at the register.

The Visa payWave is the latest innovation by Visa. With this card, you can now transmit your purchase information via a small antenna that's embedded inside your card.

No longer do you have to swipe your card and then enter a PIN number or sign your name. You also don't need to think about carrying cash around with you. You just wave your card past the portal point and your payment is made automatically through your account.

The benefits

When you use the Visa payWave, you're saving a lot of time. As long as the amount of the purchase is under $100 and the merchant accepts the card, you can transmit your purchase information through the air and you don't have to worry about a thing.

You'll still receive a receipt for your purchase transaction to verify that the payment was received from the right account. You just won't be using a signature or a PIN to verify the sale. The chip inside your credit card does this for you.

If you're not sure if the merchant accepts the card, look for the payWave symbol. But even if the merchant doesn't accept the ANZ Visa payWave, as long as Visa is accepted, you'll be able to use your card the old fashioned way.

Are there any fees?

You will be charged standard fees just like with any Visa card but you won't be charged anything extra just for using payWave technology. This service is completely free, and Visa payWave terminals can only accept one transaction at any one time, so no need to worry about your card being charged multiple times. The merchant will have to complete the transaction or void it out if you wish to wave your card again.

The merchant has to enter the amount of the purchase and then prompt you to use the card before your transaction can go through. So you can relax as the ANZ Visa payWave is not only extremely convenient but it's also an easy way to shop for the things you need.

How close do you need to be?

When you want to use your ANZ Visa payWave, you only have to hold your card a few centimetres away from the card reader terminal for your card to be accepted. Again, your purchase must be less than $100 if you want to wave your card. If the purchase is over $100, you will need to enter your PIN number or sign your name just as you always have.

Could you make accidental payments by walking past a card reader?

In order for a payment to go through, the shop assistant or retailer needs to enter the amount being charged for your purchase. You then need to hold your card a few centimetres away from the reader so the purchase can be recorded.

This means you can't accidentally be charged for something you didn't buy just by walking past a payWave terminal with your credit card.

Of course, you still have the option of paying for your purchases the usual way if the retailer you're shopping with doesn't have this kind of terminal yet. This means you can still swipe your card like always and sign the receipt if you want or enter your PIN to verify the purchase.

So as long as the merchant accepts the ANZ Visa payWave and you aren't buying anything over $100, you can just wave your card close to the terminal and your payment will be processed. Then you can gather your purchases and leave the store in record time.

payWave security features

Some customers have voiced concerns about the ease of a credit card being stolen and then used with payWave technology to accumulate purchases without needing a PIN or a signature. But the ANZ payWave system does offer security for your account to offer you some peace of mind.

ANZ credit cards use the most modern encryption technology available to help reduce the incidence of credit card fraud. When you make a payment using ANZ payWave, you know that the payment will be processed by the same secure network that is used to process the transactions for chip cards too.

The teams responsible for ANZ Falcon security are dedicated to watching for any level of suspicious activity on your account. If they notice anything that seems suspiciously different to your normal level of spending, they'll notify you immediately that something seems out of the ordinary.

You can also feel secure that you have the ANZ Fraud money back guarantee behind you and your account. This means if your card does go missing and someone else decides to spend money using your credit card, you won't be held liable for those transactions.

As long as you can verify that those transactions are fraudulent and you notify the ANZ regarding the details of the fraud, you will receive that money back in your account.

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Rates last updated October 14th, 2019
Name Product Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate Annual fee Product Description
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
0% for 13 months, reverts to 21.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 13 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Save with 0% interest on purchases and balance transfers for 13 months (with no BT fee). Plus, a discounted $49 annual fee for the first year.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
0% for 12 months, reverts to 19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
$129 p.a.
0% p.a. on purchases and balance transfers with no BT fee. Plus, a yearly annual fee refund when you spend $6,000 and 2 lounge passes per year.
Virgin Money Low Rate Credit Card
11.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$49 p.a.
Get a $49 annual fee, 10% cashback on purchases made in the first 3 months (capped at $100) and a 14-month balance transfer.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Balance Transfer Offer
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a 0% p.a. interest rate on balance transfers for the first 22 months, with a 1% balance transfer fee. Plus, a reduced $64 first year annual fee.
St.George Vertigo Classic - Exclusive Offer
0% for 14 months, reverts to 13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
Finder Exclusive:
Low rate card offering 0% p.a. interest on purchases for the first 14 months and on balance transfers for 6 months. Plus, a $0 first year annual fee.
St.George Amplify Signature - Qantas
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$139 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Get 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $6,000 in 90 days and 2 complimentary Qantas Club lounge invitations per year.
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($79 p.a. thereafter)
Save with a $0 first year annual fee and a long-term balance transfer offer. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Enjoy 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and competitive purchase rate.
St.George Amplify
19.74% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Earn uncapped Amplify or Qantas Points per dollar spent, plus, up to 55 interest-free days on purchases.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Bonus Points Offer
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Up to 70,000 bonus Velocity Points (20,000 points when you spend $1,500/month in the first 3 months plus 10,000 points after the first anniversary).
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Earn 70k bonus Amplify Points in the first year and 30k in the second year when you spend $6k / yr on eligible purchases for the first 2 years.
St.George Vertigo Classic
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Get 0% p.a. interest for up to 18 months on balance transfers with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase rate.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
21.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 26 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($199 p.a. thereafter)
Earn reward Points per $1 spent, take advantage of a 0% p.a. for 26 month balance transfer offer, plus $0 first year annual fee.
St.George Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Features an introductory 0% p.a. purchase rate, $49 first year annual fee and complimentary travel insurance covers.
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Offers an interest-free purchase promotion, a discounted annual fee of $49 for the first year and complimentary travel insurance.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$139 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Earn up to 200,000 bonus Amplify Points (130k in the first year & 70k in the second year) when you spend $12k / year for the first 2 years.
St.George Amplify Platinum
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Get up to 100,000 bonus Amplify Points (70,000 in the first year & 30,000 in the second year) when you spend $6,000 per year.
BankSA Vertigo
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$55 p.a.
Enjoy a 0% p.a. interest rate for up to 18 months on balance transfers. Plus, a low annual fee and purchase interest rate.
Virgin No Annual Fee Credit Card
18.99% p.a.
6.9% p.a. for 36 months
$0 p.a.
Offers 6.9% p.a. for 36 months on balance transfers and up to 44 days interest-free on purchases, all for a $0 annual fee.
BankSA Amplify
19.74% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Earn your choice of 1 Amplify or 0.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent, plus up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Card
19.74% p.a.
$79 p.a.
Earn your choice of uncapped Amplify or Qantas Points, plus enjoy up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
BankSA Amplify Signature - Qantas
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$139 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($279 p.a. thereafter)
Get 80,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $6,000 within 90 days. Plus, complimentary lounge passes.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum - Qantas
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$99 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn up to 0.5 Qantas Points per $1 spent.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
0% for 15 months, reverts to 12.99% p.a.
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
Offers a 0% p.a. purchase rate for 15 months, a reduced annual fee for the first year and complimentary travel insurance.
St.George Amplify Platinum - Qantas
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$99 p.a.
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $2,000 within 90 days and earn 0.5 Qantas points per $1 spent.
Latitude Infinity Rewards Visa
20.69% p.a.
$69 p.a.
Earn an uncapped 1.00 Latitude Infinity Reward point per dollar with no expiry, plus get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
BOQ Blue Visa Credit Card
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$60 p.a.
Receive $120 cashback when you spend $500 per month on retail purchases for the first 3 months, and a 6 month interest-free balance transfer offer.
BOQ Platinum Visa Credit Card
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
Enjoy 1,000 bonus Q Rewards points monthly when you meet the spend requirement, a 12-month balance transfer offer and $0 first year annual fee.
BOQ Low Rate Visa Credit Card
13.49% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$55 p.a.
A no-frills card offering 0% on balance transfers for the first 14 months with no balance transfer fee. Plus, a competitive purchase interest rate.
St.George No Annual Fee
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, a low minimum credit limit of $500 and a long-term balance transfer offer.
BankSA No Annual Fee
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Offers a 0% p.a. for 12 months balance transfer, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and an ongoing $0 annual fee.
Bank of Melbourne No Annual Fee Card
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 12 months with 1% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a.
Enjoy 0% p.a. for 12 months on balance transfers, up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and no annual fee for the life of the card.
HSBC Platinum Credit Card - Balance Transfer Offer
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months
$129 p.a.
Enjoy a balance transfer offer, yearly annual fee refund, airport lounge passes and complimentary insurance covers.

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    NichFebruary 22, 2017

    “Again, your purchase must be less than $100 if you want to wave your card. If the purchase is over $100, you will need to enter your PIN number or sign your name just as you always have.”

    What if someone knows the above info, and uses a stolen card to make multiple purchases at different retailers below $100? Is it then possible to set a daily limit to Paywave?

    Thank you

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayFebruary 23, 2017Staff

      Hi Nich,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      ANZ bank has a team that is responsible for ANZ Falcon security. They are in charge of monitoring for any level of suspicious activity on your account. They’ll notify you immediately if there is something that seems suspiciously different to your normal level of spending. So long that you can verify that those transactions are fraudulent and you contact ANZ to notify about the questionable transactions, then you won’t be held liable for those charges and you can also get that money back in your account.

      You may contact ANZ bank to get more information about how you can be secured using the payWave facility.

      Cheers,
      May

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    JacquiApril 22, 2016

    My VISA paywave card won’t tap anymore! It doesn’t even recognise the card is there, so I have to swipe and pin everytime :(
    How do I get it to work again?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AllyApril 26, 2016Staff

      Hi Jacqui,

      I’m sorry to hear about that, but kindly take note that finder.com.au is an online comparison service that does not represent any credit card issuer such as ANZ.

      For that kind of concern, it would be best to contact ANZ’s customer service team for direct assistance.

      Their contact details can be found on the link that I sent to your email.

      I hope this has helped.

      Cheers,
      Ally

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    aimeeNovember 21, 2014

    No money in account but used wrong card so it debited my account. Will I be charged fees?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ElizabethNovember 21, 2014Staff

      Hi Aimee,

      Thanks for your question.

      ANZ may allow you account to be overdrawn, and yes you will be charged a fee. According to the ANZ website, if a payment or withdrawal would mean your account is overdrawn ANZ may allow the payment to be processed using the Informal Overdraft Facility. An Overdrawn fee of $6 applies for each ANZ Business Day the balance of your Informal Overdraft facility is more than $50 (up to a total of ten ANZ Business Days and a maximum amount of $60 per calendar month).

      I hope this has helped.

      Thanks,

      Elizabeth

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    ciaranAugust 25, 2013

    Hi. Can I use pay wave even if I have no money in my account?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobAugust 26, 2013Staff

      Hi Ciaran.

      Paywave is linked to your available credit or the money in your account. If you have no money in your account then Pay Wave will not work.

      Thanks for your question.

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      StevenOctober 4, 2016

      Why did my paywave transaction get approved when i had a balance of $0.00?, not a very good safety feature. Its like having a credit card when i don’t want one.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      MayOctober 5, 2016Staff

      Hi Steven,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      For instances that your card went through for a transaction but you do not have enough balance on your account, ANZ may have allowed your account to be overdrawn. Such transaction is processed by ANZ using the Informal Overdraft Facility. I have sent you a link where you can find more information about this facility.

      Please keep in mind though that this facility can be switched off. You can contact ANZ if you do not want to use this service.

      Cheers,
      May

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    MuhainiMay 2, 2013

    Hi, If I have a cashback credit card from national bank could i change it to visa wave?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobMay 2, 2013Staff

      Hi Muhaini. Thanks for your question. Please consult the issuing bank for more information. Jacob.

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    LaurieApril 15, 2013

    Does the paywave work in UK and Europe?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JacobApril 15, 2013Staff

      Hi Laurie. Thanks for your question. You can use this feature of your card anywhere the displays the Visa PayWave symbol, both at international and domestic merchants. Jacob.

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    NoelJanuary 22, 2012

    Can I use Credit & Savings Accounts with “ANZ Contactless”?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JeremyFebruary 10, 2012Staff

      Hi Noel,

      Thanks for the question. From the ANZ website: “If you are an existing account holder of any of the following accounts, you should be eligible to have Visa payWave on your ANZ Visa credit card. – ANZ Balance Visa – ANZ First – ANZ Rewards – ANZ Frequent Flyer – ANZ Platinum – ANZ Rewards Platinum – ANZ Frequent Flyer Platinum. For MasterCard holders you should be eligible to have MasterCard Paypass enabled on your card.” While for ANZ Access Visa Debit Card holders: “you should be eligible to have ANZ Visa payWave enabled on your card.” Cheers.

      Jeremy

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