Mastercard to deliver Opal Digital Card


Transport for New South Wales has announced it will partner with Mastercard to deliver a trial of the Opal digital card to transport customers later this year.

Mastercard, who has partnered with EML Payments Limited and CBA, was awarded the contract for the trial following a competitive tender process. The trial will enable customers to access the Opal digital card via the digital wallet on their phone or watch and use it across the Opal network.

“The new Opal digital card will allow customers to tap on and off the network using a digital version of the card on their smart phone for the first time,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.  

“The Opal digital card will also have the ability to be used on private modes of transport, making it even easier for customers to use Opal for their transport needs. 

“Mastercard demonstrated that with its global experience in developing digital payment technology, they are well-placed to offer the best solution and most competitive price to support Transport for NSW’s requirements.”  

“As consumers continue to explore new ways to pay, contactless payments via mobile phones and smartwatches are becoming increasingly popular. Mastercard’s next-generation payment platform, Mastercard Assemble, will enable Transport for New South Wales to simply and effectively design, develop and deploy a customised payments experience that meets this consumer need head on,” said Asha Cugati, Vice President, Government and Business Relations at Mastercard Australia.

“As the first technology and payment solutions provider to bring contactless payment to public transport in Australia, Mastercard is excited to build on its relationship with Transport New South Wales to offer consumers another secure and convenient way to use their Opal cards, no matter how they choose to travel,” added Cugati. 

The Opal digital card will be trialled by up to 10,000 Adult Opal customers commencing later this year, giving them the convenience of having one less card to carry with all the same benefits as the physical Opal card.