Is Australia Becoming A Cashless Society?

Australia’s Reserve Bank will roll out an instantaneous money-transferring technology later this year, “which will push Australia even further towards being a cashless society,” according to ABC. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
In 2014, 12 financial institutions signed up to build the “New Payment Platform,” partly as a way of bringing Australia up to speed with other countries that are ahead in the race to becoming completely cashless. Sweden is on track to become the world’s first completely cashless economy, and just last November India got rid of its highest denomination bills, effectively eliminating 90 per cent of its paper money… The “New Payment Platform” will mean money can be transferred almost instantaneously, even when the payer and payee are members of different banks.

“It’s estimated that somewhere between about $3.5 and $5 billion in Australia every year is lost in tax revenue due to the sort of cash economy,” says an economics professor at the University of New South Wales, who predicts Australia could be cash-free by 2020. The Australian Payments Association reports that over 75% of the country’s face-to-face payments are already tap-and-go, and ATM withdrawals have sunk to a 15-year low.


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