CHESS User Interface Overview

CHESS User Interface Overview

I&T WG Webinar

The I&T WG webinar on 29 July 2020 provided a demonstration of CHESS User Interface functionality. A recording of this webinar is available here, with the accompanying materials available here.

The CHESS User Interface (UI) is a new, secure, browser-based user interface that uses the ledger API to provide access to the CSP.  It is intended to service low volume users and provides a channel for input of ad-hoc messages not supported by a users core system.

Features include:

  • Manual entry of all ISO 20022 Messages including application of schema and business validations and notification of success or failure.
  • Ability to bulk upload data in CSV format for limited use cases.
  • Ability to query all ingress (inbound) and egress (outbound) messages via the CHESS UI, retrievable in JSON format.
  • Ability to query CSP data and export in a CSV format, including: 
    • Accounts and Holders;
    • Holdings (including sub-positions);
    • Settlement Instructions; and
    • mFund Application & Redemption Orders.
  • Ability for an organisation's nominated enterprise administrator to on-board their own CHESS UI users.

Refer to CHESS UI Features for further details.

The CHESS UI is not a message gateway and will not support upload/download of xml files.

Onboarding and Security

ASX will onboard one or more Enterprise Administrators per organisation to the CHESS UI. The Enterprise Administrators will have the ability to create, manage and permission users for the systems.  Two factor authentication (Via SMS) will need to be set up prior to access and CHESS UI users may be permissioned with either read-only access or read/write access (allowing submission of ISO 20022 Messages).

As an additional feature, the CHESS UI can be configured to include a secondary approval workflow for message submission to ensure that the correct messages are being sent by your organisation. 

All interactions in the CSP user will be auditable recording the requester, approver, date/time and related message interaction and this information will be made available to organisations.

The access of the  CHESS UI will be limited to ASX Net (including IPSEC) and will not be available over the public internet. 

Supported Browsers

An up to date version of one of the following browsers will be required:

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer 11

The following desktop operating systems will be supported:

  • Windows 
  • macOS


The CHESS UI is built to WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) level AA standards.

CHESS UI Features

The CHESS UI table below outlines the features and functionality that are available to the specified CHESS UI users, as well as feature documentation links. The table also details when specific functionality will become available for use.


Available to




Create, modify, lock and cancel Accounts and Holders


CHESS UI - Accounts Overview

Query current state of Accounts, Holders, holdings and sub-positions

Participants, Issuer (Registries)

Query historical holding movements

Participants, Issuer (Registries)

CHESS UI - Account Holdings View and Query

Settlement Instructions

Query scheduled Settlement Instructions


CHESS UI - Settlement Instructions Overview


View and manage outstanding Batch Settlement and RTGS payment obligations

Payment Providers

CHESS UI - Payment Provider Authorisation Overview

View aggregate Funds Obligations for Batch Settlement and RTGS Funds MovementsPayment ProvidersITE1, ITE2 (code v1.3)Documentation to be provided


Submit mFund Application and Redemption Orders

mFund Participants

CHESS UI - mFund and Investor Data Overview

Query and action outstanding mFund Application and Redemption Orders

mFund Participants, Product Issuer Settlement Participants (PISPs)

Message Centre

Submit all CSP message types


CHESS UI - Message Centre Overview

Query historical ingress and egress messages across all connectivity channels


Submit a CSV upload for limited CSP messages


ITE1 (code v1.3)

CHESS UI - Bulk Message Input


“Four eyes” approval workflow


CHESS UI - Approval Workflow Overview

User Management

User on-boarding and registration (including 2-factor authentication set-up)


CHESS UI - User Management Overview

Logging in, logging out (including forgot password)


Ability to switch between multiple UICs


Create & manage user accounts


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