Australia and New Zealand Banking Group released an official confirmation that they won't restrict their customers from buying Bitcoin with credit or debit cards.
Official stance towards Bitcoin among the major British and American banks is quite restrictive this days with recent bans for credit card usage in crypto purchases. But Australian banks are still holding the line and for now will allow it.
ANZ representative told ABC news that it “does not prohibit customers buying digital or cryptocurrencies, or accepting them as a form of payment.”
However, ANZ is monitoring such transactions for signs of foul play, or “unusual behavior” as they put it, according to their regulatory responsibilities. Also, the bank doesn't work with crypto issuers or exchanges, because they consider such businesses to be unregulated and out of ANZ policy. But individual investors are safe, for now, to purchase and spend their hard-earned coins as they see fit.
Meanwhile, National Australia Bank reports that, if security concerns arise, they will halt any and all crypto-related transactions. Still too common theft of funds on exchanges is listed as one of the many example of such security breaches. NAB representative says they take their customers security very seriously, so some of the operations with compromised exchanges may not be processed because of that.
Westpac Bank also holds their judgment as of now and says, that they currently have no restrictions on cryptocurrency operations.