Direct Debit Authorities

This page contains information about direct debit authorities for trust accounts.

Pursuant to section 250(1) of the Legal Profession Act 2007, a Queensland law practice cannot disburse money from a law practice trust account, or controlled money account, by electronic funds transfer unless the law practice has been authorised by the Queensland Law Society (“QLS”) to do so.

Direct debit authority payments are a form of electronic funds transfer.

PEXA Electronic Settlement System

Property Exchange Australia (“PEXA”) has a web-based property exchange settlement system which has a direct debit authority payment function that is issued to the bank via the PEXA system.

PEXA has requested QLS to authorise Queensland law practices that are subscribers to the PEXA system to participate in the PEXA financial settlement process by providing a direct debit payment function in the PEXA system for the purpose of paying settlement moneys from law practice trust accounts as part of the source funding.

Office of State Revenue 

The Office of State Revenue (‘OSR’) has submitted an application to QLS for QLS to authorise all Queensland law practices to make payments to OSR by direct debit authority payments from law practice trust accounts.

Sympli Australia (Sympli)

Sympli Australia (Sympli) has a web-based property exchange settlement system which has a direct debit authority payment function that is issued to the bank via the Sympli system.

Sympli has requested QLS to authorise Queensland law practices that are subscribers to the Sympli system to participate in the Sympli financial settlement process by providing a direct debit payment function in the Sympli system for the purpose of paying settlement moneys from law practice trust accounts as part of the source funding.

Titles Guidelines

The Titles Registry of the Department of Resources has submitted an application for the Society to authorise all Queensland law practices to make payments to the Department of Resources by direct debit authority payments from law practice trust accounts. In April 2021, the Society issued the first Direct Debit Authorities Titles Registry of Department of Resources Guidelines for trust account operations.