Questions & Answers

Below is a list of RBA responses to system related questions from Information Providers (IPs). IPs can submit their questions using email details on Contact Us.

1. What type of file formats does the Securitisation System support?

All data (loan level, security level, transaction level, pool level, cash flow waterfall model and related data) will be required to be submitted to the RBA in ‘eXtensible Markup Language’, or XML format and file type. IPs must submit data consistent with the published reporting requirements in order to meet the reporting requirements for repo eligibility. The Cash Flow Waterfall model itself remains Excel and Visual Basic based as per the Cash Flow Waterfall Template but must be submitted in XML format. Instructions on how to do this from the Excel model are provided on the Support Material page.

2. Which browser types and versions are supported by the Securitisation System?
  • Internet Explorer (version 8 and later)
  • Firefox (version 10 and later)
  • Google Chrome (version 18 and later)
  • Safari (version 5 and later)
3. What is the submission requirement?

IPs are required to submit a single XML file per deal, per month (regardless of the coupon payment frequency). This file must be successfully submitted to the Securitisation System within 7 days of the deal's distribution date or the monthly anniversary of the distribution date. Effective 1 March 2018, reporting through the Securitisation System will be due on the monthly anniversary of the distribution date (i.e. the 7 day reporting allowance is being removed). Submissions that are rejected by the Securitisation System because of insufficient data quality will not satisfy the reporting requirement. IPs are also required to meet the reporting requirements to permitted public users within the timeframes outlined above.

4.Is there a limit to how many files IPs can submit at once?

There is no limit to the number of files that can be submitted together.

5. Is there a limit to the size of each file?

There is no limit to the size of each file.

6. How do IPs access their submission results?

The IPs will receive on-screen receipts upon submission of an XML file. Upon full validation of the file, the IPs will be emailed the validation summary result. Details of all submission receipts and validation reports for the latest and all previous submissions for an IP's deals will also be accessible within the System.

7. How is testing going to be managed? Will IPs have the opportunity to participate?

All IPs intending to submit are required to test lodgement of their securitisation data with the RBA in the testing environment prior to a formal submission to the Securitisation System.

Access to the industry testing environment for RMBS, CMBS and other ABS reporting opened to IPs in November 2014 and will remain open by arrangement. Contact the Securitisation Support Centre at or by phone on 1800 919 211 to arrange access to the testing environment.

8. How does the B2B API layer work?

The B2B API layer will be via a secured web service, leveraging a private RBA supplied certificate for authentication from a registered static computer IP-address.

The API layer is currently only set to accept XML files. Users will receive a status update notification after a file is submitted.

For further information, refer to Support Material.

9. What is the process for obtaining an API Client Certificate?

Information Providers must obtain a Client Certificate and API-only UserID from the Securitisation Support Centre (email or phone 1800 919 211). The client certificate and UserID are service account based and bound to an environment (i.e. Industry or Production). Please allow up to one week for the certificate to be issued.

As outlined in the API Implementation Technical Support Notes, there is a registration process for an Information Provider (IP) to obtain a client certificate. For further information, see the B2B API Technical Implementation Notes available on Support Material.

10. Does the Cash Flow Waterfall Template allow for the referencing of the Microsoft Runtime Scripting Library?

No. The Cash Flow Waterfall Template guidelines allow only the referencing of the built-in VBA library.

11. Can the ‘Type’ command be used to define custom data types?

Yes. Custom data types can be defined and used as long as their use conforms to the requirements of the Cash Flow Waterfall Template. In particular, the declaration of any custom data type must occur in the same module as the waterfall function.