E-payment service extends to local councils

Westpac and CommSecure have teamed up to offer electronic bill presentment and payment services to local councils.

Westpac will provide CommSecure's BillSecure electronic bill presentment and payment service (EBPP) primarily to its local government and small- to medium-sized business customer base. The BillSecure service is charged on a per-payment basis with CommSecure taking a percentage of each transaction.

The service is an addition to the BPay View facility which lets customers receive, view and BPay their bills through their Internet banking site or for ratepayers through their council's Web site, according to CommSecure.

That service is an add-on to the conventional BPay service through which people pay their bills online, but can't see copies of the bill. CommSecure officials said: "By registering to 'view and pay', people can now see outstanding bills and pay them quickly and securely without leaving their Internet banking service. They only have to remember one set of log-in details to access both Internet banking and bill payments."

Using CommSecure's e-commerce infrastructure, Westpac and its commercial customers can deliver HTML copies of bills and handle electronic payments more cheaply.

The service is expected to help councils reduce costs by cutting the need for them to send and receive paper-based bills.

The first customer for the new service is Hornsby Shire Council, in NSW, CommSecure managing director Ray Loyzaga told Computerworld.

Hornsby Council will go live with the new system in January, Loyzaga said.

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