• Click here for US reimbursement.
  • If you are an Australian employee, click here to add a personal bank account.

What's covered in this article?

Australian companies can reimburse Expensify reports by creating a Batch Payment (Direct Entry) ABA file. When uploaded to your business online banking a batch file can be used to process reimbursements in bulk directly from your company’s business bank account to employees' personal bank accounts. 

Note: Your bank may charge you when processing batch payment files. Please speak to your bank to find out more.

Important notes

  • Expensify will generate the batch payment file containing all the payment amounts and recipients ready to load into your business online banking (instructions for uploading ABA files to major bank websites).  Expensify will not be processing the payment on your behalf.
  • The business bank account that reimbursement payments are to be debited from must be added to an Administrator’s Account settings (Settings > Your Account > Reimbursement) as a withdrawal account. See Adding a withdrawal accounts below for more details.
  • Employees' must add the bank account they want to receive reimbursements to in their account settings (Settings > Your Account > Reimbursement). See Adding a personal bank account below for more details.
  • The batch payment file will not generate if an employee has not added their personal bank account.

Setup overview

There are three steps that have to be completed before reimbursements can be processed:

  1. Add a business bank account to an admin's account settings (If you do not know your Bank User ID Number, please contact your bank)
  2. Link business bank account to your policy
  3. Ask your Employees to add their personal bank account

Once these have all been completed, you're ready to go!

Adding a business bank account (for admins)

A business bank account is the withdrawal account that you want to pay your employee reimbursements from. Please visit our US reimbursement page if you want to add a US bank account.

Step 1: Go to Settings > Account > Payment and click Add Business Bank Account

Step 2: Select Switch Country

Step 3: Choose Australia & AUD

Step 4: Enter your company BSB, account number, Bank User ID/Direct Entry ID/APCA Number (if applicable) and company name. If you don't know your Bank User ID/Direct Entry ID/APCA Number, please contact your bank and they will be able provide this.

Note: Some financial institutions require an ABA file to include a self-balancing transaction. If you are unsure, please check with your bank to ensure whether to tick this option or not, as selecting an incorrect option will result in the ABA file not working with your bank's internet banking platform.

Once added, your withdrawal account will appear like this:

Linking the business bank account account to your policy

Step 4: Go to Settings > Policies >  Group > [Policy name] >  Reimbursement and enable Reimbursement for the policy:

Next add the country of your business bank account:

Step 5: Set the default bank account for processing reimbursements and then you're done. Tell your employees to add their personal bank accounts and start reimbursing

Add a personal bank account (for employees)

A deposit account is the bank account where you want to receive your reimbursements. 

Step 1: Go to Settings > Account > Payments and click Add Personal Bank Account

Step 2: Enter your BSB, account number and name.  If the fields are not that same as the below then you will need to speak to your administrator about enabling reimbursements in Expensify.

Creating a batch payment file 

Before creating a batch payment file to process reimbursements, it is important that everything is setup correctly, including:

Reimburse a single report: Open the approved report and select Reimburse > Via ABA file button to generate an ABA file for the report.

Reimburse multiple reports: On the Reports page select all the approved reports to be reimbursed and select Bulk Actions > Reimburse via ABA

Note: You can only bulk reimburse approved reports on one policy at a time. You can use the policy filter on the left to narrow down approved reports by policy before bulk reimbursing them, if needed.

If you try to reimburse a report and the employee has not added a personal bank account, you will see an error message letting you know the employee will need to take this action before the report can be reimbursed.

After selecting Reimburse via ABA, the batch payment file will generate for download and all reports will be marked as reimbursed. Download the file and upload it to your business online banking to process the reimbursement payments:

Bank Specific Batch Payment Support

You can find instructions on how to upload batch payment files by bank:

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