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RBA to review payment system after outage

Central bank apologises for October incident that saw 500,000 payments delayed

Reserve Bank of Australia
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The Reserve Bank of Australia says it will look into improving its payments system capabilities, after an outage in October delayed hundreds of thousands of payments by around four hours, and in some cases up to more than five days.

The outage, which lasted from 7pm on October 12 into the early hours of October 13, was triggered by a problematic software update. It affected the RBA’s Fast Settlement Service (FSS) and Reserve Bank Information Transfer System (RITS).

“The root cause was an

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