news The New South Wales Government has adopted Android Pay as a payment method at service centres across the state, and said it is the first Australian Government to do so.
In a statement on its Finance, Services & Innovation website, the Government said that customers in NSW will be able to cashlessly pay for government services “with the tap of an Android smartphone”.
Minister for Finance, Services and Property Dominic Perrottet said the new contactless payment service provides customers with another “convenient payment option”.
“Around 90% of people now have a mobile phone, and with the popularity of Android phones it makes sense for us to provide this quick, efficient option for our customers,” Perrottet said.
The Minister added that, while governments have traditionally been slow to adopt new technology, customers “latch on” much more quickly.
“With Service NSW we are completely changing that – becoming fast followers – so that our customer service keeps pace with the options people want,” he said.
Android Pay is a mobile wallet app that can store credit cards, debit cards and loyalty card details on compatible Android smartphones. The service is available to users who hold accounts with a growing number of participating banks and credit unions.
Renee Gamble, Country Manager, Google for Work Australia, commented, “Service NSW is leading the way in digital, with the introduction of Android Pay, as well as leveraging other existing innovations from Google such as using Chrome as their digital platform, to provide better digital services for customers.”
The NSW Government said the introduction of Android Pay is the latest in a number of enhancements aimed to simplify payments through the Service NSW Payment Services Platform – now a single government payments gateway designed to cut red tape and remove legacy payment systems, including cheques.
As well as at Service NSW centres, the NSW Government indicated it has plans to bring the Android Pay to Service NSW’s digital stores, website and app “in the coming months”.
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