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What is a Direct Entry Payment?

June 15, 2024July 15th, 2024No Comments
Mariel Rhetta
Content Strategist at Rutland FX
Published on: (Updated ) - minute read

In the Australian financial system, multiple payment rails are available, such as Bulk Electronic Clearing System (BECS), SWIFT, Direct Entry, New Payments Platform (NPP), and BPAY®. However, the two primary methods when sending money to Australia from the UK are Direct Entry and SWIFT. Understanding the differences between these methods, their advantages, and their limitations can help you choose the best option for your needs.

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What is Direct Entry?

Direct Entry is a payment system used in Australia for processing domestic payments. Managed and operated by the Australian Payments Network (AusPayNet), it allows businesses and individuals to transfer funds directly to Australian bank accounts in AUD. This method is especially beneficial for those making regular payments to Australia, such as for business transactions, personal remittances, or paying for services. Although Direct Entry is generally used within Australia, it can also be used for international payments to Australia from the UK when the Payment Service Provider (PSP) has a relationship with a bank or third-party provider in Australia that can facilitate the domestic leg of the transfer.

Advantages of Direct Entry:
  • Cost-Effective: Direct Entry payments typically have lower fees compared to SWIFT transfers, making them more economical.
  • Speed: These transactions are usually processed faster than SWIFT transfers, often on the same day or the next business day within Australia. However, international Direct Entry payments may take longer.
  • Simplicity: The process is straightforward and requires less detailed information than SWIFT transfers.
Requirements for Direct Entry payments:
  • BSB Code: The Bank-State-Branch (BSB) code is a six-digit number used to identify individual bank branches in Australia.
  • Account Number: The recipient’s account number at the specified branch.
Disadvantages of Direct Entry:
  • Limited Reach: Direct Entry is primarily used for domestic transactions within Australia, so it is not generally used for international payments.
  • Bank Support: Not all banks outside Australia support Direct Entry, limiting its applicability for some international transactions.
  • Limited Currency: Direct Entry is used for AUD payments to Australia and does not support payments in other currencies, such as USD.

SWIFT Transfers

The SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) network is a global system used by banks to securely send and receive information about financial transactions. It is the most widely used method for international payments.

Advantages of SWIFT:
  • Global Reach: SWIFT connects over 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries, making it ideal for international payments.
  • Security: SWIFT is highly secure, with robust encryption and fraud prevention measures.
  • Tracking: Each transaction has a unique reference number, allowing both the sender and receiver to track the payment and ensure it reaches the intended destination.
  • Multiple Currencies: SWIFT payments support many currencies, making it easy to send USD to Australia if the recipient prefers.
Requirements for SWIFT payments:
  • BIC/SWIFT Code: The Business Identifier Code (BIC) or SWIFT code is an 8 or 11-character code that uniquely identifies banks and financial institutions globally.
  • Account Number: The recipient’s account number at the specified bank.
Disadvantages of SWIFT:
  • Cost: SWIFT transfers can be expensive due to high fees charged by intermediary banks, especially for smaller transactions.
  • Complexity: The process can be complex, requiring detailed information about the recipient’s bank, including the SWIFT/BIC code.

Payments to Australia with Rutland FX

Rutland FX supports both Direct Entry for transfers to Australia in AUD and SWIFT for payments to Australia in AUD. This service is particularly beneficial in instances where the receiving bank does not support SWIFT. By using Direct Entry, Rutland FX ensures that your payments are processed efficiently and cost-effectively.


When making outbound payments to Australia, choosing the right method depends on your specific needs. SWIFT offers global reach and high security but comes with higher costs. On the other hand, Direct Entry provides a cost-effective and faster alternative for payments within Australia. Rutland FX enhances the Direct Entry option by supporting transfers in AUD, ensuring a smooth transaction process even when the receiving bank does not support SWIFT. This flexibility allows you to optimize your payment strategy, balancing cost, speed, and convenience.

For businesses and individuals looking to make efficient and economical payments to Australia, leveraging Rutland FX’s Direct Entry service can be a smart choice, offering a reliable alternative to traditional SWIFT transfers.

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