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User guide

PaymentsPlus is an automated system which takes care of costly and time consuming processes experienced by businesses involved with payables processing. This guide will help you find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when using PaymentsPlus.

This section describes the basic layout of PaymentsPlus.

Click Sign in at the top right and enter your login name and password. The first time you sign in you will be asked to:

  • Change the password. It is case-sensitive. Choose a strong password and keep it secure.
  • Accept the Terms and Conditions.

On sign in, the Home tab displays the Dashboard showing the status of recent transactions.

Dashboard

There are 3 panels:

  • Payment History panel showing the progress of payments being made. Click a link in the Buyer Reference column to find out more details about a transaction.
  • Recent Settlements. Click a link in the Settlement Date column to find out more details about a payment.
  • Audit History panel showing what actions have been carried out by your Users.
If you have payments pending, you will also see a Pending Payments panel showing the last five items.

The other tabs:

  • Payments - The default page is Recent Uploads.
  • My Info - The default page is Change My Details.
  • Administration - The default page is Audit History.

Payments

The Payments tab is where you find information about payments, files and other reports.

See also:

Uploading a payment file

This procedure explains how to upload a list of payments to be made to you Recipients, staff and others.

File details

When you click on the Payments tabs, it defaults to the Recent Uploads page.

  1. Select Payments > Upload File.
  2. Choose a file on your computer and click Upload.
  3. The File Details page opens to show you the status of the file processing.
  4. Once the processing of the file completes, you are shown the Recent Uploads page showing the file as Authorisation Required.

File pending

An email is sent to the business administrator in your company requesting authorisation of the payment file.

How long will it take to upload the file?

This will depend on the speed of your internet connection. It will also depend on the size of the file you are uploading and whether the system is busy uploading other files. The page will reload automatically, so you do not need to refresh your browser window manually. We recommend that you wait for 30 minutes for your file to upload before contacting the help desk.

Can I continue to use the site whilst the file is uploading?

You can continue using this site while the system is uploading your file. If you want to return to check the status of the upload, select the Recent Uploads menu item. The status on the page will read "Checking Format" to indicate the file is being uploaded. Once the file is uploaded, the status will change to "Pending", "Authorisation Required" or "File Format Error".

What do I do after I have uploaded a file?

You should check that the transactions in the file you uploaded are correct and authorise the file for processing.

Viewing recent uploads

This procedure explains how to view recently uploaded payment files and details of the payments made within each one.

  1. Select Payments and Recent Uploads.
  2. Click the underlined file name that you want to view.
  3. The File Details page opens showing a Summary of the file selected.
  4. Select the Payments tab to view the payment details.

Recent uploads

Viewing payment history

This procedure explains how to view a history of the payments made.

Payment History

They are listed in date order by the name of the payment file loaded from your business system.

  1. Select Payments > Payment History.
  2. The Payment History page opens. This page shows the history of payments made.
  3. Click the file name in the Buyer Reference column.
  4. The Payment History Detail page displays a summary of payments made.
  5. To view Payment Details of a payment made, click the underlined linked file name in the Recipient Reference column of the Recipient Payments panel.
  6. The Payment Details page opens. From this page you can:
    • Download the Remittance Advice PDF.
    • Export the Remittance Advice as a CSV
  7. Click the History tab to view the audit trail.

Payment History Detail

Payment Detail

Payment audit history

Viewing pending payments

This procedure explains how to view pending payments.

Pending Payments

  1. Select Payments > Pending Payments.
  2. The Pending Payments page opens.
  3. This page shows you a list of payments pending. Click on the File Name of the file you want to view in the Pending Payments panel.
  4. Click on the link in the Recipient Reference column.
  5. The Payment Details page opens showing schedule information about the payment pending.

Pending Payment Details

Search for a payment

This procedure explains how to search for a payment.

  1. Select Payments > Search Payments.
  2. The Search Payments page opens.
  3. Enter the search criteria into the various fields. Click the Search button.
  4. The Search Payments page displays payments that meet the search criteria.
  5. Local the payment and click the file name in the Payee Reference column to view its details.

Search for a payment

Payment status icons

Icons are used in PaymentsPlus to allow you to quickly identify the status of a payment.

Icon Meaning
Payment successfully completed
Payment successfully completed with possibly failed payments.

A number will indicate the amount of failed payments in the batch e.g. 7
Payment failed
Payment is being processed
Payment is scheduled to be paid
Payment is currently on hold
Payment requires authorisation

Stopping payment on a cheque

This procedure explains how to raise a stop payment request on a cheque. Requires the Payment Maintenance right. Please note: if a cheque is already presented, the request may not succeed.

  1. Select Payments > Payments History.
  2. Click the link of a Cheque Debit to be stopped.
  3. The Payment History Detail page displays the details of the payment.
  4. Click the link in the Payee Reference column of the payment you want to stop.
  5. The Payment Details page opens.
  6. Click the Stop Cheque button.
  7. The Confirm Stop Cheque page opens.
  8. Click the Stop Cheque button again to confirm. The Payment Details page opens showing that a stop is requested on the cheque.

Checking for daily settlements

This procedure explains how to access the information that will appear on your bank statement that identifies the payments made by PaymentsPlus.

  1. Select Payments > Daily Settlement.
  2. The Daily Settlement page opens.
  3. Enter the date into the Settlement Date field.
  4. Click the Display button.

If required, you can export the payments to a CSV. Click the *Export All Payments button.

Daily Settlement

Email remittances

Payment Remittances can be downloaded through the portal and secure links are emailed to your customers. See Accessing your email remittances for your customers.

Sending remittances

Remittances are sent to customers as part of the payment process when email delivery is specified.

The customer will be sent a secure email link to download the remittance from the PaymentsPlus website.

Remittance email

Your customer will receive an email from PaymentsPlus providing them a secure link to access the remittance file for the payment.

The email link will remain valid for 90 days after witch you will need to resend the remittance link to them via the PaymentsPlus portal.

Below is a sample of the email content.

Remittance Email

When the customer clicks the link they are directed to the PaymentsPlus website and prompted to pass a reCaptcha check to continue.

Remittance Link Verification

One-time code

The customer is then sent a one time code to access the download. This code lasts for 15 minutes after which they will have to click the email link and pass the reCaptcha again.

If the customer does not receive the code they can resend it using the link on the screen.

Remittance One Time Code

Below is a sample of the email content they will receive.

Remittance One Time Code Email

Remittance download

Once the customer has completed the above steps they will be provided the download link. The download will also start automatically in the browser.

Remittance Download

Reissuing a remittance

If a customer needs the secure email link resent to them this can be performed by logging into the PaymentsPlus portal and using the "Resend Remittance" functionality.

To do this perform the following steps:

  1. Login to the PaymentsPlus portal by clicking "Sign In" in the top right of this screen.

Sign In

  1. Search for the appropriate payment.
    1. Select Payments > Search Payments.
    2. The Search Payments page opens.
    3. Enter the search criteria into the various fields. Click the Search button.
    4. The Search Payments page displays payments that meet the search criteria.
    5. Local the payment and click the file name in the Payee Reference column to view its details.

Search For a Payment

  1. When viewing the payment click the "Resend Remittance Advice" button as shown below.

Resend Remittance Advice

  1. You will be prompted to enter an email address to send this to. This will default to the address it was originally sent to. You can replace this with a different email address.

Resend Remittance Email

Administration

The Administration tab allows you to manage users, your facility, and security configuration.

Changing your details

This procedure explains how to change your own details.

  1. Select My Info > Change My Details.
  2. The Change My Details page appears.
  3. Change the information required and enter your Password. Click the Save button.

The Change My Details page shows the update is successful.

Changing your password

  1. Select My Info > Change Password.
  2. The Change Password page appears.
  3. Follow the instructions on the page and click the Save button to confirm.

The page will display Update successful when the password is changed.

Security questions

In order for us to maintain a high level of security, we ask that you select two questions and enter appropriate answers below. The questions and answers will be recorded and may be used when we receive a request for information regarding your account. For example, a request for a password reset.

Do I have to select and answer the questions?

Yes. As this is a security feature applied to all clients, it is important that all clients provide this information. You will not be able to complete the login process until this step is completed.

Why is this necessary?

This security feature has been implemented to help protect your account and allow for improved identification of unauthorised requests.

When will the security questions be used?

Your security question/answers will only be used if you have forgotten your password or call our help desk. We will never send an email to you requesting you to supply these details. If you ever receive such an email, please report this to our help desk immediately.

What about my password?

The answering of these security questions will not affect your password. Once you have selected and answered the questions, the next time you attempt to login you will need to enter the User Name and Password that you normally use and you will be logged on as per usual. The Security Questions screen will not be displayed.

View the audit history

This procedure explains how to view events in PaymentsPlus.

  1. Select the Administration tab.
  2. The Audit History page opens. This is the default page. The page lists every event in date order starting from the most recent date.

To access the User details, click the name in the User column.

Audit History

View login history

This procedure explains how to view the login history of a User.

  1. Select Administration > Login History.
  2. The Search Login History page opens.
  3. Enter the User's Login Name and dates you want to search.
  4. Click Search.
  5. The Login History page opens.

To access the User details, click the name in the User column.

Search Login History

Create a user

Select Administration > Users.

Users

To create the new user, click the Create New User button.

User Details

Complete the details as follows for the user:

  1. Enter the login name and Full name.
  2. Enter the contact deetails such as the email address, phone and mobile.
  3. Select the tasks that will be performed.
  4. Enter their existing Westpac/St. George Customer Number (if already a customer).
  5. Enter their date of birth.
  6. Complete the mandatory declaration.
  7. Click Save request.

PaymentsPlus will set the new user details to a Pending IDV status. The summary of the new user access is displayed. Once the identification and verification checks are complete, the status is changed to enabled.

See Manage Pending User Access Requests for more.

Editing a user's details

From time to time, you may need to change a User's details or access.

Follow these steps:

  1. Enter the login name and Full name.
  2. Enter the contact deetails such as the email address, phone and mobile.
  3. Select the tasks that will be performed.
  4. Enter their existing Westpac/St. George Customer Number (if already a customer).
  5. Enter their date of birth.
  6. Complete the mandatory declaration.
  7. Click Save request.

PaymentsPlus will set the updated user details to a Pending IDV status if you modify the users identification information or add additional tasks. The summary of the new user access is displayed. Once the identification and verification checks are complete, the status is changed to enabled.

User Details

Resetting a user's password

From time to time, you may need to reset a User's password. Follow these steps:

  1. Select Administration > Users.
  2. The Users page opens.
  3. Click the Login Name of the user details you want to change. You can use the search box to find a user by Login Name or Full Name.
  4. The User Details page opens.
  5. Click the Reset Password button.
  6. The Reset Password page opens.
  7. Enter your Password for security.
  8. Click the Reset Password button.

The Password Reset page opens and at the same time, an email with the temporary password is sent to the User.

User Details

Disabling a user

This procedure explains how to stop a User's access to PaymentsPlus.

  1. Select Administration > Users.
  2. The Users page opens.
  3. Click the Login Name of the user details you want to change. You can use the search box to find a user by Login Name or Full Name.
  4. The User Details page opens.
  5. Click the Disable button.
  6. The Disable User page opens.
  7. Enter your Password for security.
  8. Click the Disable User button.

The User Details page opens displaying that the Status has changed.

Manage Pending User Access Requests

Click Pending User Access Requests in the Administration menu.

A User Access Request is a request made by the Company Administrator to create a new user, or to modify access for an existing user in your company.

A User Access Request can be in one of three statuses:

  • Approval Required - Another Company Administrator user must sign in to PaymentsPlus and approve this request. This is required when Single or Dual User Authorisation is set for users in your company.
  • Pending IDV - The request is pending identification and verification with the bank.
  • Declined IDV - The request was declined by the bank because it did not pass identification and verification checks.

Any requests you make can be rejected if you have made a mistake.

A list of pending User Access Requests. View, approve and reject pending User Access Requests for all users in your company.

View User Access Request history

Click User Access Request History in the Administration menu.

The history of User Access Requests is listed on this page. You may view the Access Request history for existing users by viewing their details.

A list of User Access Requests and their approved or declined status. View User Access Request History for all users in your company.

Updating your business details

The procedure explains how to update details about your business.

  1. Select Administration > Business Details.
  2. Update your Business Details and click Save.

Business Details

View account details

Select Administration > Settlement Accounts.

You must confirm your account details are correct.

Update your time zone

  1. From the Preferences page, click *General *.
  2. Select your Time Zone and click Save to display dates and times in your preferred time zone.

Setting the authorisation level for payments

This procedure explains how to set the payment authorisation levels required by the business for payments.

  1. From the Preferences page, click Authorisation.
  2. Select the Authorisation level for payment files.
  3. Click the Save button to save your changes.

Setting the authorisation level for users

This procedure explains how to set the authorisation level required by the business for new and updated user details.

  1. From the Preferences page, click Authorisation.
  2. Select the Authorisation level for users.
  3. Click the Save button to save your changes.

Modifying the format of your remittance advice

This procedure explains how to modify the layout and format of the remittance advice sent to your recipients.

  1. From the Preferences page, click Remittance Format.
  2. The Remittance Format page opens.
  3. From this page you can change the format of your remittance advice. Click the links to make the changes. Select the Help icon if you get stuck.

Change your payment export type

This procedure explains how to change the payment export type.

  1. From the Preferences page, click Payment Export Type.
  2. The Payment Export Type page opens.
  3. From this page you can change the format of your payment export.
Disclaimer

The information contained in this publication is provided for learning purposes only and is subject to change. Revisions may be issued from time to time that encompass changes or additions to this module.

This is a guide only and it is not comprehensive. It does not impinge on or overrule any formal arrangement you may enter into with the Bank. The Bank and its officers shall not have any liability for any losses of any kind incurred in connection with any action, inaction or decision taken in reliance on the information herein or for any inaccuracies, errors or omissions. In this publication references to the "Bank" are to Westpac Banking Corporation ABN 33 007 457 141 and to any of its operating Divisions, including BankSA and St.George.