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Australia Cards and Payments – Opportunities and Risks to 2024

GlobalData’s ‘Australia Cards and Payments – Opportunities and Risks to 2024' report provides detailed analysis of market trends in the Australian cards and payments industry. It provides values and volumes for a number of key performance indicators in the industry, including cash, cards, credit transfers, cheques, and direct debits during the review-period (2016-20e).

The report also analyzes various payment card markets operating in the industry and provides detailed information on the number of cards in circulation, transaction values and volumes during the review-period and over the forecast-period (2020e-24f). It also offers information on the country's competitive landscape, including market shares of issuers and schemes.

The report brings together GlobalData’s research, modeling, and analysis expertise to allow banks and card issuers to identify segment dynamics and competitive advantages. The report also covers detailed regulatory policies and recent changes in regulatory structure.

This report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights into the Australian cards and payments industry, including –

– Current and forecast values for each market in the Australian cards and payments industry, including debit, credit, and charge cards.

– Detailed insights into payment instruments including cash, cards, credit transfers, cheques, and direct debits. It also, includes an overview of the country's key alternative payment instruments.

– E-commerce market analysis.

– Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing the Australian cards and payments industry.

– Detailed analysis of strategies adopted by banks and other institutions to market debit, credit, and charge cards.


– To offer enhanced convenience and encourage electronic payments for low-value transactions, in February 2018 the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and its Payments System Board rolled out a new payments infrastructure known as NPP. The service allows users to make payments and transfer funds in real-time 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Developed by SWIFT in collaboration with 13 members of Australia’s financial services industry, the platform allows users to enter the recipient’s mobile phone number or email address to transfer money. The service is now offered by over 90 financial institutions, with over 5 million accounts created since launch. In June 2019, NPP QR code standards were released, which enable payment providers to develop and offer QR code-based instant payment solutions.

– Australian consumers have embraced contactless technology. Contactless is now increasingly being adopted for public transport systems. In March 2018, contactless payments were introduced for ferry and light rail services in Sydney. The service was later extended to Sydney trains in November 2018, and was made available on all buses across Sydney by September 2019. Commuters can make payments by tapping contactless debit and credit cards, supported mobile wallets, and wearables against contactless readers. By September 2019, around 9 million contactless payments had been made using 1.4 million unique contactless debit and credit cards since launch.

– Buy now pay later is gaining popularity in Australia. This is mostly due to a shift in consumer preference away from credit cards, particularly among Generation Z, who are more wary of their spending. Third-party providers remain the key players in the market, offering various options. Almost 5.8 million Australians have a buy now pay later account with brands including Afterpay, Zip, Laybuy, Openpay, and Payright. In January 2020, Sweden-based buy now pay later service provider Klarna launched in Australia in partnership with CBA.

Reasons to Buy

– Make strategic business decisions, using top-level historic and forecast market data, related to the Australian cards and payments industry and each market within it.

– Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities in the Australian cards and payments industry.

– Assess the competitive dynamics in the Australian cards and payments industry.

– Gain insights into marketing strategies used for various card types in Australia.

– Gain insights into key regulations governing the Australian cards and payments industry.

Key Players





Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

Credit unions and building societies


Heritage Bank

Bank of Queensland





American Express


Diners Club

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Payment Instruments

Card-based Payments

Merchant Acquiring

E-commerce Payments

Buy Now Pay Later

Mobile Proximity Payments

P2P Payments

Bill Payments

Alternative Payments

Payment Innovations

Payments Infrastructure & Regulation



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