Modifications to the ePayments Code

The ePayments Code was released on 11 September 2011.

Modification 1 of 2016 (commencing 29 March 2016)

About this Code

From 29 March 2016, the ePayments Code, issued 20 October 2011 is amended as follows:

  • In About this Code, the words ‘Credit Ombudsman Service Limited’ are omitted and substituted with ‘Credit and Investments Ombudsman’.
  • Under the heading ‘Who is bound by this Code?’, the link ‘www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/List-of-EFT-Code-members-A-H?openDocument’ is omitted and substituted with ‘http://asic.gov.au/for-consumers/codes-of-practice/epayments-code/epayments-code-subscribers/’
  • Under the heading ‘What does this Code do?’, the link ‘www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/Electronic+Funds+Transfer:+Code+of+Conduct?opendocument’ is omitted and substituted with ‘http://asic.gov.au/regulatory-resources/financial-services/epayments-code/’

Chapter D – Conduct
Electronic Communication

From 29 March 2016, the ePayments Code, issued 20 October 2011 is amended as follows:

  • Clause 21.1 is omitted and substituted with:

21.1 If this Code requires a subscriber to give a user any information under this Code, the subscriber can give the information electronically by:

  1. sending the information by a form of electronic communication nominated by the user,
  2. notifying the user that the subscriber has made the information available electronically, or
  3. another manner agreed with the user,

if the following conditions are met:

  1. the subscriber must provide an effective and convenient process for users to update their contact details,
  2. it must be easy for users to retrieve, read and store the information,
  3. if information is given by notifying a user that the information is available electronically:
    1. the information must be available electronically in that manner (relevant electronic manner) for a reasonable period,
    2. unless the user has agreed to receive information, or information of that type, in that manner – the subscriber must have given the user at least seven days’ notice that it may use the relevant electronic manner to make the information, or information of that type, available to the user unless the user elects, by a means reasonably specified in the notice, not to receive information in that manner, an
    3. the user must not have made an election referred to in clause 21.1(f)(ii), and
  4. the user must be able to request a paper copy of the information for seven years from the time the information is given.
  • Clause 21.2 is omitted and substituted with:

21.2 If a subscriber provides a facility designed exclusively for electronic use, and this Code requires the subscriber to give a user any information under this Code, the subscriber can give the information electronically by:

  1. sending the information using electronic communication,
  2. using electronic communication to notify the user that the information is available electronically, or
  3. another manner agreed with the user,

if the following conditions are met:

  1. the subscriber must clearly disclose the following matters before the user first performs a transaction using the facility:
    1. that information will be given electronically and paper copies will not be available; and
    2. if clause 21.2(a) or 21.2(b) applies, that the subscriber will use that method of communication,
  2. it must be easy for users to retrieve, read and store the information,
  3. the information must be made available electronically by the subscriber for a reasonable period, and
  4. the subscriber must provide an effective and convenient process for users to update their contact details.

ePayments Code as amended from 29 March 2016 (PDF 865KB)

Modification 1 of 2012 (commencing 1 July 2012)

Chapter B – Disclosure
Receipt requirements

From 1 July 2012, the ePayments Code, issued 20 October 2011 is amended:

Insert in note to clause 5.1 ‘In some instances it may not be reasonable to offer receipts for example, for direct debit arrangements, where it is clearly identifiable on a statement.’

Chapter E – Additional conduct requirements for ADIs
Listing and switching

From 1 July 2012, the ePayments Code, issued 20 October 2011 is amended to include the new listing and switching package as per the 2012 banking reforms.

The following clauses have been amended:

  1. Clause 23.2 link in note to definition 'BECS Return Request Procedures' replaced with correct link
  2. Clause 23.2 definition ‘periodical payments’ inserted
  3. Clause 23.2 definition ‘regular payments’ inserted
  4. Clause 35.8 ‘under clause 35.2’ inserted
  5. Clause 35.9 'a holder who is seeking to switch' inserted and 'a holder who is switching' deleted
  6. Clause 35.10 'if requested by the holder' inserted
  7. Clause 35.11 'the holder intends to switch' inserted and 'the holder has switched' deleted
  8. Clause 35.12 ‘new’ inserted before ‘ADI must’
  9. Clauses 35.15-35.23 inserted.

ePayments Code as amended from 1 July 2012 (PDF 458KB)

Corrections to Code (issued 20 October 2011)

  1. Clause 2.1 - deleted the words 'by a consumer' in line one
  2. Clause 2.6 - in the definition of the term 'low value facility', deleted the words 'stored value or reloadable.

ePayments Code corrected October 2011 (PDF 791KB)

Code as released

ePayments Code issued 19 September 2011 (PDF 447KB)

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Last updated: 29/03/2016 10:47