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Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

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Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

From 1st August 2014, Australian merchants and banks will require you to use a 4 digit pin number instead of a signature.

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1. Re: Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

For visitors to the country, those using overseas cards without a PIN will still be able to sign.

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2. Re: Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

Yes we knew that. And it's been widely advertised.

so visitors can sign in most instances

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3. Re: Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

The banks are giving their merchants more information than the general public is getting on this. The public are just being told to get a PIN. Merchants are being told about a transitional period, progressive software updates and the exceptions to the "must have a PIN" rule.

These two pages of FAQs from Westpac and Bendigo are helpful:



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4. Re: Credit cards in Australia after 1st August.

Absolutely Luigi.

I've been talking to a lot of retail and hotel people, and it's not as if it the face of credit card is going to change bang on the 1st.

There is going to be grace period, whilst the transition takes place, and also allowances for chip not reading correctly.

There is basically no way, that all the merchants can 'swap' or update their terminals in such a short space of time.

And it also doesn't mean the encoded strip isn't able to be used - like some media overhype it. Yes, it will be 'phased' out, but not overnight.

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