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Standards/Other as amended, taking into account amendments up to Standard No. 2 of 2016 The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers Variation 2019
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Standard No. 2 of 2016 The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers

made under section 18 of the

Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998

Compilation No. 2               

Compilation date:                              01/07/2019

Includes amendments up to:            F2019L00722

 

About this compilation

 

This compilation

This is a compilation of the Standard No. 2 of 2016 – The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuer that shows the text of the law as amended and in force on 01/07/2019 (the compilation date).

The notes at the end of this compilation (the endnotes) include information about amending laws and the amendment history of provisions of the compiled law.

Uncommenced amendments

The effect of uncommenced amendments is not shown in the text of the compiled law. Any uncommenced amendments affecting the law are accessible on the Legislation Register (www.legislation.gov.au). The details of amendments made up to, but not commenced at, the compilation date are underlined in the endnotes. For more information on any uncommenced amendments, see the series page on the Legislation Register for the compiled law.

Application, saving and transitional provisions for provisions and amendments

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Self‑repealing provisions

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standard no. 2 OF 2016

The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers

1.         Objective

The objective of this Standard is to ensure that the setting of interchange fees and payments and other transfers of valuable consideration having an equivalent object or effect to interchange fees in each designated debit card scheme and prepaid card scheme is transparent and promotes:

·      efficiency; and

·      competition

in the Australian payments system.

2.         Application

2.1          This Standard is determined under Section 18 of the Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 (the Act).

2.2          This Standard applies to each of the following, each of which is referred to in this Standard as a Scheme:

(a)    the payment system operated within Australia known as Visa Debit, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 23 February 2004 and which is referred to in this Standard as Visa Debit;

(b)    the payment system operated within Australia known as Visa Prepaid, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 15 October 2015 and which is referred to in this Standard as Visa Prepaid;

(c)    the payment system operated within Australia known as Debit MasterCard, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 15 October 2015 and which is referred to in this Standard as Debit MasterCard;

(d)    the payment system operated within Australia known as MasterCard Prepaid, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 15 October 2015 and which is referred to in this Standard as MasterCard Prepaid;

(e)    the debit card payment system operated within Australia known as the EFTPOS payment system, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 12 June 2012 and which is referred to in this standard as the EFTPOS System; and

(f)     the prepaid card payment system operated within Australia under the EFTPOS Scheme Rules, which was designated under the Act as a payment system on 15 October 2015 and which is referred to in this standard as EFTPOS Prepaid.

2.3          In this Standard:

Above Benchmark Reference Period has the meaning given to it in clause 4.2;

Acquired includes accepted;

Acquirer means a participant in a Scheme in Australia that:

(a)    provides services, directly or indirectly, to a Merchant to allow that Merchant to accept a Card of that Scheme; or

(b)    is a Merchant that accepts, or is a Related Body Corporate of a Merchant that accepts, a Card of that Scheme and bears risk as principal in relation to the payment obligations of the Issuer of that Card in relation to that acceptance;

Associated Entity has the meaning given by section 50AAA of the Corporations Act 2001;

Benefit means:

(a)    a payment, receipt, rebate, refund or allowance;

(b)    in relation to any Property or service received or receivable by a Direct Issuer Participant:

(i)     where there is a Regular Price for that Property or service, any discount or deduction from that price;

(ii)    where there is not a Regular Price for that Property or service, an amount by which the Fair Value of the Property or service exceeds the payment or other similar financial consideration made or given for it by the Direct Issuer Participant; and

(c)    a benefit (however named or described) of a similar nature to, or having the same effect as, a benefit of the kind specified in (a) or (b) above;

Card Account means, in relation to a Card of a Scheme, the account that is debited when that Device is used to purchase goods or services;

Card of a Scheme or Card of that Scheme means a Debit Card of a Scheme or a Prepaid Card of a Scheme;

Card of a Scheme Pair means a Card of a Scheme that is part of a Scheme Pair;

Card Transaction means a Debit Card Transaction or a Prepaid Card Transaction;

Commencement Date means 1 July 2017;

Core Service means, in relation to a Scheme, a service provided by the administrator of the Scheme in Australia or any of its Associated Entities that meets the requirements in the following paragraphs (a), (b) and (c):

(a)    the service is used by a participant in the Scheme in Australia in relation to Devices of the Scheme that can be used to make payments for goods or services by accessing a deposit account held at an authorised deposit-taking institution or a bank or other financial institution, or transactions initiated using those Devices; and

(b)    without the service it would not be possible for a Direct Issuer Participant to be an Issuer or for another entity to be an Issuer through Sponsorship by a Direct Issuer Participant of the Scheme; and

(c)    the service (however named or described) relates to one or more of the following (each a Core Function) and only to one or more Core Functions:

(i)        the licensing of the Scheme’s brands and other intellectual property owned by, or licensed to, the administrator of the Scheme in Australia or any of its Associated Entities, a licence (or sub-licence) of which is required in order to be a participant in the Scheme;

(ii)       connection to, and/or maintenance of a connection to, the systems to which it is necessary to connect in order to be a participant in the Scheme;

(iii)      transaction processing (including processing of charge-back transactions);

(iv)      clearing and settlement (including clearing and settlement of charge-back transactions);

(v)       authentication;

(vi)      authorisation;

(vii)     stand-in processing, clearing and settlement;

(viii)    fraud prevention; and

(ix)      handling, investigating and settling disputes, and requests or claims for chargebacks, raised by holders of Devices.

A service will relate only to one or more Core Functions for the purpose of this paragraph (c) even if it involves or includes incidental services necessary to support one or more Core Functions;

Debit Card of a Scheme or Debit Card of that Scheme means, in relation to a Scheme, a Device issued by a participant in the Scheme in Australia under the Rules of the Scheme that can be used to make payments for goods or services by accessing a deposit account held at an authorised deposit-taking institution or a bank or other financial institution;

Debit Card Transaction means, in relation to a Scheme, a transaction in that Scheme between a holder of a Debit Card of that Scheme and a Merchant involving the purchase of goods or services (whether or not it also involves the obtaining of cash) using a Debit Card of that Scheme that is Acquired by an Acquirer (but does not include any transaction to reverse such a transaction or provide a credit or make a chargeback in relation to such a transaction);

Device means any card, plate or other payment code or device, including a code or device where no physical card or other embodiment is issued and a code or device used or to be used for only one transaction;

Direct Issuer Participant means, in relation to a Scheme, a participant in that Scheme in Australia as an Issuer, or as a Sponsor for one or more Issuers, that is not an Indirect Issuer Participant in that Scheme in Australia. Without limitation, for:

(a)    Debit MasterCard and MasterCard Prepaid this means any Principal Customer or Association Customer, each as defined in the Rules of the Scheme, in its capacity as Issuer or as Sponsor for one or more Issuers;

(b)    VISA Debit and Visa Prepaid this means any Principal-Type Member as defined in the Rules of the Scheme in its capacity as Issuer or as Sponsor for one or more Issuers; or

(c)    EFTPOS System and EFTPOS Prepaid this means:

(i)     any eftpos Issuer that is not an Indirect Settler; or

(ii)    any Settlement Agent,

with each of those expressions having the meaning given in the Rules of the Scheme;

Direct Issuer Participant Payments has the meaning given to it in clause 5.2;

Direct Issuer Participant Receipts has the meaning given to it in clause 5.2;

EFTPOS Scheme Rules are the rules promulgated under the constitution of EFTPOS Payments Australia Limited (ABN 37 136 180 366) and any schedule, document, specification or rule published by EFTPOS Payments Australia Limited pursuant to those rules;

Fair Value means, in relation to any Property or service:

(a)  subject to paragraph (b), the amount that would be paid to acquire the Property or service in an orderly transaction between independent, unrelated and well informed parties at the earlier of:

(i)     the date the Property or service was first provided; and

(ii)    the date the Property or service was committed to be provided,

to the Direct Issuer Participant; but

(b)    if at any subsequent time the amount that would be paid to acquire the Property or service in an orderly transaction between independent, unrelated and well informed parties (Revised Value) is materially different from the amount determined in accordance with paragraph (a) (or, if any adjustment is made in accordance with this paragraph (b), the most recent such adjustment), the Fair Value may be adjusted to that Revised Value provided:

(i)     use of that Revised Value as Fair Value is fair and reasonable and consistent with the objective of this Standard; and

(ii)    the Fair Value may be adjusted to a Revised Value no more than once in a Reporting Period;

Incentive Test: a Benefit meets the Incentive Test in relation to a Scheme Pair if it is given for a purpose of, or has or will likely have the effect of, any one or more of the following:

(a)    incentivising the entry into of a contract relating to the issue of Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair;

(b)    promoting or incentivising the issuance or use of Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair; or

(c)    providing or funding incentives to holders of Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair to use those cards.

Benefits that meet the Incentive Test in relation to a Scheme Pair include lump-sum, volume based and transaction-specific Benefits such as:

(i)     incentives to market Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair; and

(ii)    any of the following earned, accrued or receivable by a Direct Issuer Participant for agreeing to issue Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair or for Card Transactions undertaken in any Scheme in the Scheme Pair meeting or exceeding a specific transaction volume, percentage share or dollar amount of transactions processed:

(A)   a rebate on any fees or other costs or charges, whether for a Core Service or for any other product or service;

(B)    a discount from the Regular Price of any Property or service, whether the Property or service is related to Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair or not;

Indirect Issuer Participant means, in relation to a Scheme, a participant in that Scheme in Australia as an Issuer that participates in the Scheme in Australia as Issuer through the Sponsorship of another participant in that Scheme. Without limitation, for:

(a)    Debit MasterCard and MasterCard Prepaid this means any Affiliate Customer as defined in the Rules of the Scheme in its capacity as Issuer; or

(b)    VISA Debit and Visa Prepaid this means any Participant-Type Member or Associate-Type Member, each as defined in the Rules of the Scheme, in its capacity as Issuer; or

(c)    EFTPOS System and EFTPOS Prepaid this means any eftpos Issuer that is an Indirect Settler, with each of those expressions having the meaning given in the Rules of the Scheme;

Interchange Fee Category has the meaning given to it in clause 4.1(b);

Interchange Fees means in relation to a Scheme, wholesale fees, known as interchange fees, which are payable between an Issuer and an Acquirer, directly or indirectly, in relation to Card Transactions in the Scheme but excluding any such fees to the extent that they are referable only to the obtaining of cash by the Card holder;

Issuer means a participant in a Scheme in Australia that has a contractual relationship with its customers under which it issues Debit Cards or Prepaid Cards of a Scheme (as the case may be) to those customers or their nominees;

Merchant means, in relation to a Scheme, a merchant in Australia that accepts a Card of that Scheme for payment for goods or services;

Multilateral Interchange Fee means, in relation to a Scheme, an Interchange Fee that is determined by an administrator of the Scheme and applies regardless of the identity of the Acquirer or Issuer paying or receiving the Interchange Fee;

Net Compensation has the meaning given to it in clause 5.1;

Prepaid Card of a Scheme or Prepaid Card of that Scheme means, in relation to a Scheme, a Device issued by a participant in the Scheme in Australia under the Rules of the Scheme that can be used to make payments for goods or services using a store of value that has been prepaid or pre-funded and is accessible to make payments for goods or services only through the use of that, or a linked or related, Device;

Prepaid Card Transaction means, in relation to a Scheme, a transaction in that Scheme between a holder of a Prepaid Card of that Scheme and a Merchant involving the purchase of goods or services (whether or not it also involves the obtaining of cash) using a Prepaid Card of that Scheme that is Acquired by an Acquirer (but does not include any transaction to reverse such a transaction or provide a credit or make a chargeback in relation to such a transaction);

Property means any property including any good and any proprietary right or interest;

Quarter means a 3 month period ending on 30 June, 30 September, 31 December or 31 March;

Reference Period means a 12 month period ending on the last day of a Quarter;

Regular Price means, in relation to Property or a service, a supplier and a Direct Issuer Participant at any time, the price at which the supplier is regularly supplying Property or services of the same description to entities of a class, group or type that includes the Direct Issuer Participant at that time;

Related Body Corporate has the meaning given in the Corporations Act 2001;

Relevant Portion has the meaning given to it in clause 5.2;

Reporting Period means a 12 month period ending 30 June;

Rules of a Scheme or Rules of the Scheme means the constitution, rules, by-laws, procedures and instruments of the relevant Scheme as applied in Australia, and any other arrangement relating to the Scheme by which participants in that Scheme in Australia are, or consider themselves to be, bound;

Scheme Benchmark is 8.0 cents;

Scheme Pair means:

(a)    VISA Debit and VISA Prepaid;

(b)    Debit MasterCard and MasterCard Prepaid; or

(c)    EFTPOS System and EFTPOS Prepaid;

Scheme Pair Transaction has the meaning given in clause 5.1;

Sponsor means:

(a)    in relation to a Scheme which is VISA Debit, VISA Prepaid, Debit MasterCard or MasterCard Prepaid, a participant in the Scheme in Australia who has accepted responsibility in whole or in part for, or to act as agent for, another entity under and in accordance with the Rules of the Scheme so that the other entity may participate in the Scheme; and

(b)    in relation to a Scheme which is EFTPOS System or EFTPOS Prepaid, a participant in the Scheme in Australia who has accepted responsibility to carry out settlement (the process of exchanging value to discharge payment obligations between Issuers and Acquirers), directly or indirectly, on behalf of one or more other entities,

and Sponsorship has a corresponding meaning;

include or including or such as when introducing an example do not limit the meaning of the words to which the example relates to that example or examples of a similar kind; and

terms defined in the Act have the same meaning in this Standard.

2.4          For the purposes of this Standard:

(a)    a provision of a plan, arrangement or agreement shall be deemed to have a particular purpose if the provision was included in the plan, arrangement or agreement by a party or parties for purposes that include that purpose and that purpose was a substantial purpose; and

(b)    conduct including the payment or receipt of a fee or the giving of a benefit or other valuable consideration shall be deemed to have been made for a particular purpose if the person undertaking the conduct, payment or receipt did so for purposes that include that purpose and that purpose was a substantial purpose.

2.5          Each participant in a Scheme must do all things necessary on its part to ensure compliance with this Standard.

2.6          If any part of this Standard is invalid, this Standard is ineffective only to the extent of such part without invalidating the remaining parts of this Standard.

2.7          This Standard is to be interpreted:

(a)    in accordance with its objective; and

(b)    by looking beyond form to substance.

2.8          For the purposes of this Standard, an Interchange Fee paid from an Acquirer to an Issuer is to be expressed as a positive number and an Interchange Fee paid from an Issuer to an Acquirer is to be expressed as a negative number.

2.9          On the Commencement Date this Standard replaces each of the following Standards:

(a)    The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Visa Debit Payment System; and

(b)    Interchange Fees in the EFTPOS System.

Neither the registration nor the terms of this Standard affect those standards before the Commencement Date.

3.         Anti-Avoidance

A participant in a Scheme must not, either alone or together with one or more other persons, enter into, begin to carry out or carry out a plan or arrangement or otherwise be knowingly involved in a plan or arrangement if it would be concluded that the person did so for a purpose of avoiding the application of this Standard, and the plan or arrangement or part of the plan or arrangement has achieved or would but for this provision have achieved or could reasonably be considered to have achieved that purpose.

4.         Interchange Fees

4.1          (a)    An Interchange Fee (exclusive of goods and services tax) in relation to a Card Transaction must:

(i)     where the Interchange Fee is a fixed amount per transaction, not exceed 15.0 cents; or

(ii)    where the Interchange Fee is calculated by reference to the value or amount of the transaction, not exceed 0.200 per cent of that amount or value.

(b)    If an Interchange Fee applies in relation to a category of Card Transactions (whether that category is determined by reference to the nature of the holder, or type of the Card of the Scheme, the identity or nature of the Merchant, the means of effecting the transaction, the security or authentication that applies or any other matter, or is a residual category covering transactions not in any other category) (Interchange Fee Category), that Interchange Fee must be:

(i)     a percentage of the value of the Card Transaction to which it relates; or

(ii)    a fixed amount,

applying to all Card Transactions in the category, and cannot be expressed as a range of rates or amounts.

4.2          If:

(a)    the total value of Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in relation to Card Transactions undertaken in a Scheme during a Reference Period divided by the number of those Card Transactions exceeds the Scheme Benchmark; and

(b)    for the Scheme Pair of which the Scheme referred to in sub-paragraph (a) forms part, the total value of Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in relation to Card Transactions undertaken in each of the Schemes in the Scheme Pair during the Reference Period divided by the number of those Card Transactions exceeds the Scheme Benchmark;

that Reference Period will be an Above Benchmark Reference Period for that Scheme and the participants in the Scheme referred to in paragraph (a) above must take all necessary steps to vary the rates or amounts of Interchange Fees applicable under that Scheme, with effect no later than 2 months and 1 day after the end of the Above Benchmark Reference Period, to rates or amounts such that, had those varied rates or amounts applied under the Scheme during the Above Benchmark Reference Period, that Reference Period would not have been an Above Benchmark Reference Period for that Scheme unless:

(c)    prior to the end of that period of 2 months and 1 day, a variation to the rates or amounts of Interchange Fees applicable under the other Scheme in the Scheme Pair takes effect; and

(d)    the varied Interchange Fees referred to in paragraph (c) are such that, had they applied under that other Scheme during the Above Benchmark Reference Period, the Reference Period would not have been an Above Benchmark Reference Period.

4.3          If at any time any Interchange Fee applicable under a Scheme is introduced or removed, or the rate or amount of any Interchange Fee under a Scheme is varied, the Interchange Fees applicable under that Scheme following that change must be such that, had they applied for the whole of the most recent Reference Period prior to the date of the change, that Reference Period would not have been an Above Benchmark Reference Period. Nothing in this clause 4.3 limits clause 4.2.

5.         Net Payments to Direct Issuer Participants

5.1          No Direct Issuer Participant in a Scheme may receive, directly or indirectly, Net Compensation in relation to Card Transactions undertaken in any of the Schemes in the Scheme Pair of which that Scheme forms part (Scheme Pair Transactions). Net Compensation is received by a Direct Issuer Participant if the Direct Issuer Participant Receipts of the Direct Issuer Participant for that Scheme Pair in respect of a Reporting Period exceed the Direct Issuer Participant Payments of the Direct Issuer Participant for that Scheme Pair in respect of that Reporting Period.

5.2          For the purpose of this clause 5:

(a)    subject to paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g), Direct Issuer Participant Receipts of the Direct Issuer Participant for a Scheme Pair and a Reporting Period is the total of the Benefits that meet the Incentive Test in relation to that Scheme Pair that are earned or accrued during, or receivable in respect of, the Reporting Period by the Direct Issuer Participant and payable, allowable or otherwise to be provided, directly or indirectly, by the administrator in Australia of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair or any of the Associated Entities of any administrator in Australia of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair but, if such an Associated Entity is an Acquirer, excluding Interchange Fees;

(b)    subject to paragraphs (c), (d), (e), (f) and (g), Direct Issuer Participant Payments of the Direct Issuer Participant for a Scheme Pair and a Reporting Period is the total amount paid or payable, directly or indirectly, by the Direct Issuer Participant to or in favour of the administrator in Australia of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair or any of the Associated Entities of any administrator in Australia of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair in relation to Core Services provided during or in respect of the Reporting Period for any of the Cards of the Schemes in the Scheme Pair or Scheme Pair Transactions.

(c)    if a Benefit referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) does not relate solely to Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair or Scheme Pair Transactions and also relates to other Devices or other transactions:

(i)     the Benefit must be apportioned between:

(A)   the Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair and Scheme Pair Transactions on the one hand; and

(B)   the other Devices and other transactions on the other,

fairly and reasonably, having regard to, where relevant, the transaction history on Devices used in the payment systems to which the Benefit relates and the proportion of the Devices to which the Benefit relates that are Cards of a Scheme in the Scheme Pair issued by the Direct Issuer Participant or by any Indirect Issuer Participant through Sponsorship by that Direct Issuer Participant; and

(ii)    the portion referable to Cards of any Scheme in the Scheme Pair and Scheme Pair Transactions determined in accordance with sub-paragraph (i) (the Relevant Portion) must be included in the determination of Direct Issuer Participant Receipts or Direct Issuer Participant Payments, as applicable;

(d)    one method of apportionment under clause 5.2(c) that will be fair and reasonable for the purpose of that provision is an apportionment on a pro-rata basis, based on the value of Scheme Pair Transactions using Cards of any Scheme in the relevant Scheme Pair during the Reporting Period as a proportion of the total value of the transactions undertaken in any payment system to which the Benefit relates during the Reporting Period. This does not preclude an apportionment in another way that meets the requirements of clause 5.2(c);

(e)    where a Benefit referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) relates to a period that spans more than one Reporting Period, the Benefit or, in the case of a Benefit referred to in paragraph (c), the Relevant Portion of the Benefit, may be allocated among Reporting Periods, in which case the allocation must:

(i)     be on a pro-rata basis based on the number of months in each relevant Reporting Period to which the Benefit relates if an allocation on that basis would fairly and reasonably align the Benefit to the activity to which the Benefit relates; or

(ii)    otherwise on some other basis that fairly and reasonably aligns the allocation of the Benefit to the activity to which the Benefit relates,

in each case provided that:

(iii)   no part of it is allocated to any Reporting Period the whole of which occurs before the term of the contract or arrangement under which the Benefit is payable, receivable or allowable has commenced;

(iv)   no part of it is allocated to any Reporting Period the whole of which occurs after the term of the contract or arrangement under which the Benefit is payable, receivable or allowable has ended; and

(v)    it may not be allocated among more than 10 consecutive Reporting Periods;

(f)     a Direct Issuer Participant who adopts a particular method permitted by clause 5.2 of this Standard of:

(i)     determining whether and to what extent:

(A)   Benefits are earned or accrued during, or are receivable in respect of, a Reporting Period for the purposes of paragraph 5.2(a); or

(B)   Core Services are provided during or in respect of a Reporting Period for the purposes of paragraph 5.2(b); or

(ii) allocating or apportioning Benefits for the purpose of paragraph (c), (d) or (e),

must, unless the Reserve Bank of Australia otherwise agrees in writing, continue to use the same method consistently from one Reporting Period to the next; and

(g)    for the purpose of this clause 5, a Direct Issuer Participant must ensure that:

(i)     a Benefit paid, allowed or otherwise provided, directly or indirectly, by the administrator of a Scheme in Australia or any of its Associated Entities that meets the Incentive Test in relation to the Scheme Pair of which that Scheme is part is included as a Direct Issuer Participant Receipt in the calculation of Net Compensation in respect of a Reporting Period; and

(ii)    an amount treated as a Direct Issuer Participant Payment in the calculation of Net Compensation in respect of a Reporting Period is not included as a Direct Issuer Participant Payment in the calculation of Net Compensation for any other Reporting Period.

6.         Reporting and Transparency

6.1          An administrator of a Scheme in Australia or a representative of the participants in the Scheme in Australia must publish the Multilateral Interchange Fee rates or amounts (whichever is applicable) of the Scheme in Australia on the Scheme’s website, including the rates or amounts for each Interchange Fee Category.

6.2          Each:

(a)    Acquirer; and

(b)    Issuer that is a Direct Issuer Participant,

that is a party to an agreement with one or more other participants in a Scheme to pay or receive Interchange Fees in relation to Card Transactions in the Scheme that are not Multilateral Interchange Fees must report to the Reserve Bank of Australia by 31 July each year the range of Interchange Fee rates or amounts (whichever is applicable) it received or paid in respect of the most recent Reporting Period. The Reserve Bank of Australia may publish the reported range of these Interchange Fees for the Scheme on its website.

6.3          An administrator of a Scheme in Australia or a representative of the participants in the Scheme in Australia must on or before 31 July each year certify in writing to the Reserve Bank of Australia in respect of the most recent Reporting Period, that Interchange Fees of the Scheme in Australia were during that Reporting Period in compliance with this Standard.

6.4          Each of an administrator of a Scheme in Australia and each Direct Issuer Participant in the Scheme in Australia must on or before 31 July each year certify in writing to the Reserve Bank of Australia that it was, in respect of the most recent Reporting Period, in compliance with clause 5.

6.5          An administrator of a Scheme in Australia or a representative of the participants of the Scheme in Australia must, not later than 30 days after the end of each Quarter, certify in writing to the Reserve Bank of Australia each of the following for that Quarter for the Scheme (and in the case of paragraph (e), the relevant Scheme Pair):

(a)    the total value of Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme in that Quarter;

(b)    the number of Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme in that Quarter;

(c)    the total value of all Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in respect of the Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme during that Quarter;

(d)    the total value of Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in respect of Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme during the Quarter divided by the total number of the Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme during the Quarter;

(e)    the total value of Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in respect of Scheme Pair Transactions undertaken in the Schemes that form part of that Scheme Pair during the Quarter divided by the total number of the Scheme Pair Transactions undertaken in the Schemes that form part of that Scheme Pair during the Quarter; and

(f)     each Interchange Fee Category that applied for some or all of the Quarter and, for each of those categories:

(i)     the Interchange Fee rates or amounts (whichever is applicable) that applied during the Quarter (expressed as a percentage or an amount, not as a range); and

(ii)    the total value of Interchange Fees (exclusive of goods and services tax) payable in respect of that Quarter that are referrable to Card Transactions undertaken in the Scheme in that Quarter in that category.

7.         Commencement and Implementation

7.1          This Standard came into force on the Commencement Date, but certain provisions in it had a transitional application as set out in clause 7 of this Standard as at the Commencement Date.

7.2          This Standard as varied with effect from 1 July 2019 must be complied with for the Reporting Period ending on 30 June 2020 and all subsequent Reporting Periods. For the Reporting Period ending on 30 June 2019 a Direct Issuer Participant in a Scheme in a Scheme Pair may elect to comply, in relation to both Schemes in that Scheme Pair, with either:

(a)    this Standard as in effect on 30 June 2019; or

(b)    this Standard as amended with effect on 1 July 2019 as if this Standard so amended had been in effect from 1 July 2018,

and must notify its election of (a) or (b) (Transitional Election) to the administrator of each Scheme in the Scheme Pair no later than 1 July 2019.

7.3          An administrator of a Scheme in Australia that receives a notification under clause 7.2 from a Direct Issuer Participant must provide its certification of its compliance under clause 6.4 as that compliance relates to that Direct Issuer Participant and the Reporting Period ending on 30 June 2019 on the same basis as that specified in the Transitional Election made by that Direct Issuer Participant.

7.4          If a Direct Issuer Participant in a Scheme in a Scheme Pair does not give a Transitional Election in accordance with clause 7.2 then:

(a)    it is taken to have elected to comply, in relation to both Schemes in that Scheme Pair, with this Standard as in effect on 30 June 2019; and

(b)    the administrator of each Scheme in the Scheme Pair in Australia must provide its certification under clause 6.4 in relation to that Direct Issuer Participant and the Reporting Period ending on 30 June 2019 accordingly.

 


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Legislation history and amendment history—Endnotes 3 and 4

Amending laws are annotated in the legislation history and amendment history.

The legislation history in endnote 3 provides information about each law that has amended (or will amend) the compiled law. The information includes commencement details for amending laws and details of any application, saving or transitional provisions that are not included in this compilation.

The amendment history in endnote 4 provides information about amendments at the provision (generally section or equivalent) level. It also includes information about any provision of the compiled law that has been repealed in accordance with a provision of the law.

Misdescribed amendments

A misdescribed amendment is an amendment that does not accurately describe the amendment to be made. If, despite the misdescription, the amendment can be given effect as intended, the amendment is incorporated into the compiled law and the abbreviation “(md)” added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history.

If a misdescribed amendment cannot be given effect as intended, the abbreviation “(md not incorp)” is added to the details of the amendment included in the amendment history. 

Endnote 2—Abbreviation key

 

o = order(s)

ad = added or inserted

Ord = Ordinance

am = amended

orig = original

amdt = amendment

par = paragraph(s)/subparagraph(s)

c = clause(s)

    /sub‑subparagraph(s)

C[x] = Compilation No. x

pres = present

Ch = Chapter(s)

prev = previous

def = definition(s)

(prev…) = previously

Dict = Dictionary

Pt = Part(s)

disallowed = disallowed by Parliament

r = regulation(s)/rule(s)

Div = Division(s)

 

exp = expires/expired or ceases/ceased to have

reloc = relocated

    effect

renum = renumbered

F = Federal Register of Legislation

rep = repealed

gaz = gazette

rs = repealed and substituted

LA = Legislation Act 2003

s = section(s)/subsection(s)

LIA = Legislative Instruments Act 2003

Sch = Schedule(s)

(md) = misdescribed amendment can be given

Sdiv = Subdivision(s)

    effect

SLI = Select Legislative Instrument

(md not incorp) = misdescribed amendment

SR = Statutory Rules

    cannot be given effect

Sub‑Ch = Sub‑Chapter(s)

mod = modified/modification

SubPt = Subpart(s)

No. = Number(s)

underlining = whole or part not

 

    commenced or to be commenced

 

Endnote 3—Legislation history

 

Name

Registration

Commencement

Application, saving and transitional provisions

Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 – Standard No. 2 of 2016 – The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers

26/05/2016
(F2016L00837)

01/07/2017

 

Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 – Variation of Standard No. 2 of 2016 The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers

21/11/2017

(F2017L01507)

21/11/2017

Standard No. 2 of 2016 The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers Variation 2019

03/06/2019

(F2019L00722)

01/07/2019

 

 

Endnote 4—Amendment history

 

Provision affected

How affected

Standard No. 2 of 2016 The Setting of Interchange Fees in the Designated Debit and Prepaid Card Schemes and Net Payments to Issuers

rs F2019L00722

par 4.2(b)

am F2017L01507

par 4.2(c)

am F2017L01507