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20 February 2017
 
Important changes to card payment surcharging
Communication sent to clients
 
This is a courtesy email to advise of some recent Reserve Bank of Australia changes in relation to card payment surcharges.

What does this mean for your business?
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) recently completed its review of card payments regulations, including Standard No 3 of 2016 (“Standard”) which relates to card payment surcharging:
  • If you currently do not apply a card payment surcharge, then you don’t need to do anything.
  • If you currently apply a card payment surcharge to your customers, then you will need to review these changes.

What are the changes?
As a client of Debitsuccess you cannot pass onto your customer any ‘card payment surcharge’ that exceeds your costs of transacting by that particular card. The Standard clearly defines what costs merchants can recover by applying a card payment surcharge.

 When is this effective from?
All large* merchants from 1st September 2016.
All merchants from 1st September 2017.
 
More information can be found on the RBA website (
http://www.rba.gov.au/payments-and-infrastructure/review-of-card-payments-regulation/conclusions-paper-may2016/)

Got any questions?
For more information we encourage you to read the full Standard available from the RBA website to determine the impact to your business.
 
The RBA website also contains further information on how to apply the Standard to your particular circumstances.


* A Large Merchant is one that satisfies two or all of the following:
  • The consolidated gross revenue of the merchant and its related companies for the financial year ended 30 June 2015 was $25 million or more;
  • The value of the consolidated gross assets of the merchant and its related companies at 30 June 2015 was $12.5 million or more;
  • As at 30 June 2015 the merchant and its related companies between them had 50 or more employees (whether full time, part time, casual or employed on any other basis).
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