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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.

Compare cards with Visa payWave

Rates last updated June 26th, 2017
Name Product Product Description Purchase rate (p.a.) Balance transfer rate (p.a.) Annual fee
HSBC Platinum Credit Card
Earn 1 Reward Point per $1 of eligible spend and receive complimentary travel and purchase protection insurances.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 22 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$99 p.a.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Visa Credit Card
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the protection of Verified by Visa online purchases.
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
HSBC Platinum Qantas Credit Card
Receive 60,000 bonus Qantas Points when you meet the spend requirement and earn up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent.
19.99% p.a.
$199 p.a.
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - Exclusive Offer
Earn 2 Velocity Points on top of the standard earn rate per $1 spent in the first 3 months, plus a $129 Virgin Australia Gift Voucher each year.
20.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 18 months
$64 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($129 p.a. thereafter)
ANZ Platinum Credit Card - Exclusive Offer
Receive a low introductory offer of 0% p.a. on purchases for 3 months and 0% p.a. on balance transfers for 12 months.
0% p.a. for 3 months (reverts to 19.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 12 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
Virgin Australia Velocity Flyer Card - 0% Interest Offer
Save with 0% p.a. on purchases for 12 months. Plus, up to 0.66 Velocity Points per $1 spent.
0% p.a. for 12 months (reverts to 20.74% p.a.)
0% p.a. for 6 months
$129 p.a.
Virgin Australia Velocity High Flyer Card - 30k Bonus Points offer
Take off sooner with up to 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent and earn up to 30,000 bonus Velocity Points. Plus, complimentary travel insurance.
20.74% p.a.
1.9% p.a. for 15 months
$144 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($289 p.a. thereafter)
Citi Prestige Card
Earn from 1 Point per $1 spent on selected purchases and enjoy unlimited airport lounge access with a complimentary Priority Pass.
20.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$700 p.a.
ANZ First Student Card
An ideal credit card for students with up to 44 days interest-free on purchases. Access your account on the go with the goMoney™ app.
19.74% p.a.
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($30 p.a. thereafter)
NAB Low Fee Card
Receive complimentary purchase protection insurance, special offers from Visa Entertainment and up to 44 days interest-free on purchases.
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$30 p.a.
Bank of Melbourne Vertigo Platinum
Get a range of complimentary insurance covers, access to a 24/7 concierge and up to 55 days interest-free on purchases.
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
$99 p.a.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive an additional card at no extra cost.
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
Bank of Melbourne Amplify Platinum
Earn up to 2 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary travel insurance.
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
St.George Vertigo Visa
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and the ability to make contactless payments with Visa payWave technology.
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
St.George Vertigo Platinum
Offers complimentary travel insurance, complimentary purchase insurance and access to a 24/7 personal concierge service.
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months
$99 p.a.
St.George Amplify Platinum
Earn up to 2 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive complimentary overseas travel insurance.
19.49% p.a.
$99 p.a.
St.George Amplify Signature
Earn up to 3 Amplify Rewards Points per $1 spent and receive two complimentary airport lounge passes per year.
19.49% p.a.
$279 p.a.
BankSA Vertigo Platinum
Take advantage of purchase protection, extended warranty and overseas travel insurance, plus a 24/7 concierge.
12.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($99 p.a. thereafter)
BankSA Vertigo Visa
Get up to 55 days interest-free on purchases and be protected by 24/7 Falcon® Fraud service.
13.24% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($55 p.a. thereafter)
NAB Velocity Rewards Premium Card
Offers up to 1 Velocity point per $1 on purchases, combined with complimentary insurance covers and a concierge service.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$150 p.a.
Citi Rewards Platinum Credit Card
For high debt that needs a longer time to be repaid, this low, long-term balance transfer offer may appeal. A popular and prestigious Platinum card offer.
20.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 24 months with 1.5% balance transfer fee
$49 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($149 p.a. thereafter)
Citi Simplicity Card
Earn 10% cashback on eligible purchases (capped at $50 per month) for the first 4 months from card approval.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$0 p.a.
ANZ Platinum Credit Card
Enjoy platinum card benefits with a 24/7 personal concierge and complimentary overseas travel and medical insurance.
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($87 p.a. thereafter)
ANZ First Visa Credit Card
Get up to 44 interest-free days on purchases and take advantage of a low minimum credit limit.
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$30 p.a.
NAB Premium Card
Enjoy a low interest rate on balance transfers. Benefit from platinum credit card advantages.
19.74% p.a.
0% p.a. for 20 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$90 p.a.
NAB Low Rate Credit Card
Receive up to 55 days interest-free on purchases, special offers from Visa Entertainment and Tap and Pay capabilities.
13.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 16 months with 2% balance transfer fee
$59 p.a.
NAB Qantas Rewards Premium Card
A dual Amex and Visa card that earns up to 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible purchases, plus a 24/7 personal concierge.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$250 p.a.
NAB Velocity Rewards Card
This dual Amex and Visa card offers up to 0.75 Velocity Points per $1 spent on eligible purchases and special Visa Entertainment offers.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$95 p.a.
NAB flybuys Rewards Card
Earn 1 flybuys point per $1 spent on everyday purchases and receive 7 complimentary insurance covers.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 6 months
$95 p.a.
Woolworths Everyday Platinum Credit Card
Receive a $100 eGift Card when you apply by 30 June 2017 and make an eligible purchase by 31 July 2017.
19.99% p.a.
0% p.a. for 14 months
$0 p.a. annual fee for the first year ($49 p.a. thereafter)

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16 Responses to ANZ Visa payWave – Contactless Payment Technology

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    Nich | February 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

    • Staff
      May | February 23, 2017

      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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    Jacqui | April 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?

    • Staff
      Ally | April 26, 2016

      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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    aimee | November 21, 2014

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

    • Staff
      Elizabeth | November 21, 2014

      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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    ciaran | August 25, 2013

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

    • Staff
      Jacob | August 26, 2013

      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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      Steven | October 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.

    • Staff
      May | October 5, 2016

      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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    Muhaini | May 2, 2013

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

    • Staff
      Jacob | May 2, 2013

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

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    Laurie | April 15, 2013

    Does the paywave work in UK and Europe?

    • Staff
      Jacob | April 15, 2013

      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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    Noel | January 22, 2012

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

    • Staff
      Jeremy | February 10, 2012

      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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