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ABSIA NEWSLETTER - 22 AUGUST 2016

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Webinars, Forum and Workshops

 

ABSIA Forum 

 
7th September 2016 - Exhibition opens at 9 am.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).

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ABSIA is excited to have on board, speaking about her role, e-invoicing and the DBC, 
Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman - Kate Carnell


 
Kate ran her own small businesses for 15 years before becoming ACT Chief Minister in 1995 for a five year period. Prior to her appointment as the inaugural ASBFEO, Kate held the position of CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She served as CEO of beyondblue, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, the Australian General Practice Network (AGPN) and the National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI). A pharmacist by profession, Kate was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the first female to become the National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia. Kate was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to the community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.

Email info@absia.asn.au with your questions or topics of interest for our speakers and exhibitors!  

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ABSIA have some exciting speakers and exhibitors, with a focus topic of entrepreneurship to provide a real opportunity for smaller software developers and start-ups to build their networks and partnerships with those established in the industry. To assist you in consuming the latest government webservices offerings such as single touch payroll STP, ABSIA’s forum will feature an ebMS3 expo. ebMS3 solution providers and government technical staff will be on hand to help you decide on building, buying or partnering in the ebMS3 space. 

 

          
            
See the planned agenda at the ABSIA site.


Foreign Employment Income Workshop

The ATO ran a workshop for ABSIA Members on Friday the 19th of August 2016 addressing the complexities of foreign employment income. All of the questions posed to the ATO were covered and a paper providing answers along with scenarios and examples will be made available. The ATO advised that the web content on ato.gov.au has been reviewed and updates are underway. This topic can be followed at the ABSIA Foreign Employment Forum.
 

Industry Initiatives

 

Operational Framework for Developers and Service Providers

The ATO is developing guidance on security and storage of client information digitally to address concerns around responsibilities of developers, service providers and clients. Focus is on registration for developers and service providers requesting information access, specs and assistance from agencies, system and product verification to allow data service access, and; monitoring and incident management capabilities.
ABSIA is encouraging software developers and service providers to review the Operational Framework and provide feedback direct to the ATO at the Software Industry Partnership Office. 

 

Imported Digital Services (IDS) 

From the 1st of July 2017, international sales of digital products and services to Australian consumers will begin to attract GST.  
This may impact overseas businesses as may need to update business and accounting software to be able to:
- ID those products that are GST taxable supplies,
- ID what transactions to charge the GST on (business to business transactions are exempt), 
- be able to identify Australian consumers including Australian residents and registered Australian businesses,
- report and pay the GST, and;
- create GST reports.
Suppliers will need to keep accounts showing taxable sales and GST payable (simplified), to feed into the BAS (for those opting for full registration).

As existing Australian business and accounting software may already be equip with some of the functionality required, this may provide Australian software developers providing or looking to provide global e-commerce solutions a real opportunity in the international market.

ABSIA is forming an IDS Special Interest Group (SIG)* to participate in exploring impacts and work with the ATO as software developers and service providers prepare products to enable meeting of the new obligations. ABSIAs IDS SIG will approach feedback to the ATO as a collective from an industry wide perspective. ABSIA Members are asked to express their interest in participating to info@absia.asn.au.


*This is a member’s only group. If you are not yet a member, go to the ABSIA website for information on membership benefits including access to restricted forums and special events and join us as a member of ABSIA.

Online Forums Update

 

Payroll Special Interest Group (SIG)**

ABSIA Single Touch Payroll Feedback Webinar Online Forum.**
**This is a member’s only group. If you are not yet a member, go to the ABSIA website for information on membership benefits including access to restricted forums and special events and join us as a member of ABSIA.


PLS Health Check

The PLS health check report is a consolidated assessment of members’ experiences with the SBR system, processes and artefacts, that is submitted bi-monthly to the ATO to assist the ATO in making decisions impacting PLS. ABSIA has submitted the next PLS health check to the ATO for the April - May, and; June - July periods which members can view at the PLS Health Check - April-July 2016 Forum.***
***This is a member’s only group. If you are not yet a member, go to the ABSIA website for information on membership benefits including access to restricted forums and special events and join us as a member of ABSIA.


E-Invoicing

The e-invoicing framework has been approved by the Digital Business Council (DBC), final documentation is being prepared for release to the general community. Engagement and pilots are intended to begin as soon as possible to establish a proof of concept. A Special Interest Group (SIG)**** will be created, please email your expression of interest to participate to info@absia.asn.au
****This will be a member’s only group. If you are not yet a member, go to the ABSIA website for information on membership benefits including access to restricted forums and special events and join us as a member of ABSIA.
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