Australia


Voice biometrics take ANZ higher for mobile payments

Australia and New Zealand-based banking group, ANZ, has announced it will be the first Australian bank to introduce voice biometrics on mobile devices to allow higher value transactions. From the middle of this year, customers transferring more than $1,000 through ANZ’s mobile apps will be able to use their voice to automatically authorise high value […]

Apple Pay defeats Australian banks in payments punch-up

Apple Pay has emerged victorious in its long-running feud with four domestic banks over their permission to collectively bargain with Apple and boycott Apple Pay. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a determination denying authorisation to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), Westpac, National Australia Bank (NAB), and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank […]

Accenture to acquire payments consulting firm First Annapolis

Accenture will acquire First Annapolis, a privately held payments consulting and advisory firm. Alan McIntyre, senior managing director, and head of Accenture’s Banking practice, says the acquisition “will enhance our capabilities in the payments sector”. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close […]

New Avaloq go-live for BT Financial Group

Australia-based BT Financial Group, a wealth management subsidiary of Westpac, has added new functionality – superannuation administration – to its core banking platform, supplied by Avaloq.

Shrewd surfer dude behind Visa’s contactless payment sunglasses move

An Australian start-up has been revealed as the key technology partner of Visa’s new contactless payment sunglasses which were launched at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. Visa unveiled the WaveShades sunglasses at the festival in Austin, Texas. Behind the scenes, the bright idea came from FinTech Australia member Inamo who came up with the […]

Goldfields Money signs for tech overhaul with Rubik

Australia-based banking tech provider Rubik (soon to be acquired by Temenos) has signed a new client, Goldfields Money. Rubik’s CEO Iain Dunstan says one more new customer will be announced “imminently”.

APRA’s EFS Form Review consultation: first stage of a long road

On 16 January 2017, the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA) released for public consultation its Economic and Financial Statistics (EFS) Form Review. Notably, this consultation package represents a major overhaul of many of the financial and statistical returns currently prepared by the Australian authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) as well as introducing a new set of returns to be submitted. We examine what’s at stake.

Australian banks in one last grapple with Apple

Four big Australian banks haven’t given up the fight to convince the country’s antitrust regulator that they get some concessions from Apple over Apple Pay. With a decision due in a few weeks, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB), Westpac, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank may have made their final submission […]

Suncorp core banking revamp stumbles

Suncorp’s multi-year venture to modernise its core banking system, known as Project Ignite, has stumbled at the final hurdle. As Banking Technology reported in August 2016, the revamp was in its final stages. However, in questions over its half-year FY17 results, Suncorp told iTnews that the configuration of the platform and product migration has “taken […]

Become a banking “curator” says ANZ

The future of commercial banking may well lie in being “curators”, according to Australia and New Zealand-based banking group, ANZ. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Mark Hand, managing director, corporate and commercial banking at ANZ says commercial bankers will “morph into ‘curators’ for their business clients by linking customers with reputable, external […]

Berlin-based online lender Spotcap starts operations in New Zealand

Spotcap, an online lending company headquartered in Berlin, Germany, has announced it is now operating in Auckland, New Zealand, as a registered financial services provider and is accepting applications for credit of up to NZD 250,000 ($182,000) from eligible businesses.

ME Bank outsources core banking to Capgemini

Australia’s ME Bank has signed a five-year deal with tech consultancy firm Capgemini to manage its core banking functions. ME Bank says it will still look after the design and security elements of the Temenos’ T24 core banking system, while Capgemini will provide a managed service for its infrastructure. In an interview with the Australian […]

Australia offers world-first licensing exemption for fintech

Innovation Down Under gets jazzed up. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has released class waivers to allow eligible fintech firms to test certain specified services without holding an Australian financial services (AFS) or credit licence. ASIC commissioner John Price says its fintech licensing exemption is “unique” and “no other major jurisdiction has implemented […]

ANZ cuts to mobile payments chase with BladePay

Australia and New Zealand-based banking group, ANZ, has launched its payments system for business customers, ANZ BladePay, alongside six point-of-sale (POS) vendors who are developing customised applications for the platform. Developed in partnership with payments tech company ThumbzUp, ANZ BladePay is a handheld Android-based payment device which is capable of integrating third party applications. ANZ […]

Eftpos Australia to unveil mobile tap and pay in 2017

Eftpos Australia, the nation’s most widely used debit card payments system, says users will be able to tap and pay via Eftpos with their smartphones next year. Paul Jennings, CTO of Eftpos Australia, says it is “now working with several members [banks] and successfully testing the token service in order to launch Eftpos as a […]

ME Bank unveils new internet banking service

Australia’s ME Bank has launched a new internet banking service in a joint project with Sandstone Technology. The new service builds on Sandstone’s digital BankFast platform and includes “enhanced” security and a new Liferay portal based dashboard; supporting customisation and inclusion of superannuation account details along with bank account details. ME Bank’s brand and digital […]

31 banks and credit unions in Australia to get Apple Pay

Cuscal, a major payments provider to Australia’s credit unions and smaller banks, has signed a deal with Apple to bring Apple Pay to its customers. The service will be available to nearly four million Australians that bank with 31 entities (which work with Cuscal).

ANZ opens up APIs to third parties

Australia and New Zealand-based banking group, ANZ, has opened up its mainframe and two banking systems to about 20 new application programming interfaces (APIs). The move is a way of getting around replacing its systems – in this case the legacy CAP deposits and loan system and Vision Plus credit card platform. The latter is […]

Queensland Country Credit Union in core banking overhaul

Australia’s Queensland Country Credit Union is replacing its core banking legacy systems and going digital with the help of local vendor Data Action (DA). Adelaide-based DA will be supplying its core banking and digital systems, DA CBS and DA Digital Banking respectively. At the front end, the credit union will get a new internet banking […]

End is nigh for NAB core banking revamp

National Australia Bank (NAB) appears to be entering the final stages of its seven-year Oracle-based “NextGen” core banking overhaul. The bank originally planned to build an in-house mortgage origination platform, beginning with its digital banking subsidiary UBank. But that was scrapped – with the loss of AU$106 million ($81 million) – and Oracle FSS was […]

New NAB mobile banking app feast for control freaks

National Australia Bank (NAB) will launch a new mobile banking app later this year – which promises to give customers more control over how, when and where they use their cards. The new app will include card transaction controls to self-manage personal Visa debit and credit cards through a mobile device. And, in an “Australian […]

CBA and Barclays partner for Australia-UK mobile payments “first”

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and Barclays have joined forces to let their retail customers move money between Australia and the UK with “just a mobile number”. In a “first between the two countries”, CBA and Barclays say they have worked to connect each of their payment apps together – CBA’s CommBank and Barclays’ Pingit. […]

Macquarie unveils new digital banking services

Australia-based Macquarie Group has launched a range of new digital banking functions and is looking for feedback from any early users. The services are underpinned by the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) platform. Features range from search-how-you-speak technology; the ability to tag and track transactions; upload receipts and warranties; set saving and spending goals; and automatically categorise spending through […]

Apple bites back over Australian banks’ “cartel”

You can tell cartels to go to hell if you’re Apple. The firm has responded strongly to three of Australia’s big banks’ plans to team up for negotiation deals on digital wallet access. According to the Australian Financial Review, the request from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac to “collectively negotiate […]

Worldpay revenue rises, heads down under with Australia licence

Global payments provider Worldpay reported a 10% rise in revenue to £2.1 billion for the six months to the end of June, and is expanding in Australia after winning its licence to process payments. Despite recently suffering two weeks of turmoil, which saw millions of payments affected through one of its gateways, the company’s revenue […]

Westpac backs Reinventure start-ups with another $50m

Australian bank Westpac has doubled its investment in venture capital firm Reinventure – with $50 million for start-ups. This is the second fund to be managed by Reinventure. Simon Cant and Danny Gilligan, the co-founders and managers of the first fund, are seeking to add another venture partner and some new staff to identify and […]

Suncorp’s core banking software revamp with Oracle FSS nearly completed

Suncorp’s multi-year venture to modernise its core banking system, known as Project Ignite, is in its final stages. The new platform is now live for customer, collateral, collections and loan origination processes. Deposits and transaction banking are still to go – Suncorp expects these to be migrated before the year-end. Project Ignite was initiated in […]