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Exchange Settlement Account System resources

This page has resources for the Exchange Settlement Account System (ESAS) including guidelines and rules, annual reports and independent assessment reports, and survey results.

Requests for audit reports

ESAS participants and account holders can request a copy of the ESAS annual report by emailing our Head of Banking at: [email protected]

ESAS scheduled outages

We perform regular patching and implement improvements to keep the payments system running in optimal operational condition. These maintenance activities are done outside of the ESAS core hours to minimise disruption. Please contact [email protected] if you have a requirement for the system to be available after hours.

Survey responses

ESAS/NZClear Helpdesk Survey Results Summary 2023 (PDF 917KB)

More information about RTGS and settlement systems

These Bulletin research articles provide more information on real-time gross settlement (RTGS):

Recent developments in the payment system

Intra-day liquidity and real-time gross settlement 18 months on

New legislation on netting and payments finality

Payment system reform in New Zealand: the start of real-time gross settlement

The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has published useful resources as follows:

BIS research and publications

A glossary of terms used in payment and settlement systems

Core principles for systemically important payment systems.

Older resources

Older ESAS documents and resources are available by emailing [email protected]