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Swift revolutionises Australian banking with real-time payments

Swift revolutionises Australian banking with real-time payments

14 February 2018 | 3 min read

With New Payments Platform delivered on time, Swift highlights next steps of global instant payments strategy in Europe, Asia and the Americas

Swift welcomes the public launch of the New Payments Platform (NPP) in Australia, which is set to revolutionise the way payments are made domestically. Swift has helped to design, build, test and deliver the NPP and will play a key role in operating the infrastructure for the NPP.


The NPP’s paradigm-shifting financial architecture has been designed and constructed to fundamentally improve how consumers, businesses and governments transact with one another. The key features of the NPP include:

  • 24/7 instant payments and real-time line-by-line settlement via the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Fast Settlement Service  
  • PayID, new and easy way to link a financial account with an easy-to-remember identifier such as a mobile phone number, email address or ABN for businesses
  • Open access platform that truly empowers innovation through competition
  • Overlay services framework that will provide new value services to Australian consumers, businesses and government

Swift’s Head of Oceania, Bill Doran said: “The rollout of the NPP, and the enablement of real time payments, is the most significant development in the Australian payments industry in decades and will perhaps have the most revolutionary impact on the economy than any previous payments system innovation.”

Bill Doran

“Swift has supported the evolution of payments systems around the world for more than 40 years and is delighted to have played an important role in the creation and roll out of real-time payments in Australia,” added Alain Raes, Chief Executive of EMEA & APAC, Swift. “The smooth delivery of the project is a measure of the great partnership that Swift and the Australian industry have developed throughout the programme. The NPP has also showcased the expertise and innovative approach of Swift’s global payments team and the value that we can deliver to other markets, including the European Union as it moves towards the goal of a harmonised instant payments service within the Eurozone.”

Alain Raes & AU-NPP

NPP is a key component within Swift’s broader global instant payments strategy, which also includes the provision of an instant payments messaging service for the euro area. Launching in November 2018, to coincide with the launch of TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS), the euro real-time payments service commissioned by the Eurosystem, Swift’s new messaging service will allow instant payments to be made in euros across Europe through both TIPS and EBA CLEARING’s RT-1 instant payments system.

In the context of the Eurosystem’s 2020 vision, which envisages access to TARGET2, TARGET2 for Securities and TIPS through the Eurosystem Single Market Infrastructure Gateway (ESMIG), Swift’s instant payments strategy is committed to the future agenda of the Eurosystem, supporting customers as they move to meet this vision.

Swift, an international leader in the provision of secure financial services, has worked tirelessly to help design, build and deliver this world class system.

Adrian Lovney, NPPA CEO

The same Swift solution will provide customers with a single gateway to connect seamlessly to other instant payment systems in Europe and elsewhere.

Swift, which currently connects 85 of the 149 High Value Payments systems in the world, including CHAPS in the UK, TARGET2 in Europe and the Swift India Domestic Services, also offers gateways to instant payments platforms in Hong Kong and in the US.