We administer Settlement Before Interchange (SBI) which is the SWIFT-based payment settlement and interchange system used by our BECS and CECS Participants (primarily banks). 

SBI enables Participants of these clearing systems to settle payments and, once this has occurred, exchange the payment information with other Participants throughout the business day on a bilateral basis. 

Settlement occurs multiple times throughout the business day and each settlement is closely followed by the exchange of the payment information (interchange) between Participants - Settlement Before Interchange.

For example, if you need to pay a business whose account is at another bank, you might set up a bill payment through your internet banking. Your bank will then take your payment request, along with those it has received from other customers, and create the payment instruction to send to the other bank. When this is sent, your bank pays the money to the other bank (called ‘settlement’) and once this payment between the two banks has occurred, the payment instructions are received and processed by the recipient's bank (called ‘interchange').

SBI365 project

This project is working to extend the processing of electronic payments to 365 days a year. To find out more, see our article Payments moving to 365 days a year and the accompanying Q&As.

Related pages
  • Bulk Electronic Clearing System

    BECS governs how direct debits, automatic payments, bill payments, and direct credits work.

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  • Consumer Electronic Clearing System

    CECS governs how consumer payments work, such as EFTPOS payments and mobile payments.

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  • Paper Clearing System

    PCS governs how all paper-based payment instruments work, such as cheques.

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