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Digital Transformation, Security and SIGs

ABSIA Conference

Brisbane, 11 October 2017

Cyber security is of major concern for our industry and our members - we need to be informed and ensure that our products and services secure our customers data and any data we exchange with our government partners.

The agenda for our conference next week has this covered! If you haven't booked yet, there's still time.


Joy Hooper, Oracle

Joy Hooper, Product Manager, HCM for Oracle, Australia and New Zealand, will be the Conference Chair. Joy is a foundation member of ABSIA and a Brisbane local. Joy will be MC, introducing our speakers and keeping things moving on the day.

Find out more about Joy on LinkedIn.

Karen Lay-Brew, ABSIA

Karen Lay-Brew, ABSIA President and Chair since December 2016 and foundation ABSIA director, will be providing the President's Address. Karen is also a Brisbane local and will present the highlights of ABSIA's achievements over the past year and plans for the immediate future.

Find out more about Karen on LinkedIn or Twitter.

Hon Angus Taylor, MP

Hon Angus Taylor, MP is the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation and the Member for Hume, New South Wales. The Minister will be presenting the Opening Address, focussing on the current key initiatives to address the digital transformation agenda, including open data, national digital Id and the next phase of competition policy.

Find out more about the Minister on LinkedIn, Twitter or Website.

Trent Innes, Xero

Trent Innes, Managing Director, Xero, Australia will be discussing Partnering in the Digital Economy: how partnerships, cloud technology and big data can unlock efficiency for government, enterprise and small business and transform the Australian economy.  Later in the program, Trent will also conduct a lively chat with John Dardo, Chief Digital Officer at ATO.
Find out more about Trent on LinkedIn or Twitter.

John Dardo, ATO

John Dardo, Chief Digital Officer, Australian Taxation Office, will be interviewed by Trent Innes, in a Brisbane/Summer version of a Fireside Chat, on the challenges and benefits of enabling government digital transformation together with software developers.
Find out more about John on LinkedIn.

Brett Reed, e-PayDay

Brett Reed, Managing Director, e-PayDay, another Brisbane local, will be speaking on his implementation experience of ATO's Single Touch Payroll initiative. e-PayDay participated in the Limited Release phase and is in progress of deploying the next phase of STP.  

Find out more about Brett on LinkedIn or about e-PayDay on Twitter.

SIG Panel Discussion - Single Touch Payroll

Brett Reed will join the panel, moderated by Deanne Windsor, Director, ABSIA/Pendragon Consultants (photo: bottom, right). The panel will discuss how ATO may best support DSPs and their customers to transition to STP. The panel will be comprised of:
  • Michael Karavas, STP Design Lead, Australian Taxation Office
  • Mick Ferris,IT Program Manager, Digital Wholesale Services, Australian Taxation Office
  • Matthew Addison, Executive Director, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (photo: bottom, left)

SIG Panel Discussion - Practitioner Lodgement Service

PLS has been in transition for quite some time, with a few stumbles along the way, but it has finally shut off the first of the major tax returns in ELS. Andrew and Mike will provide some insight on the journey and what's next.
  • Andrew Watson, Assistant Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office (photo: left)
  • Mike Behling, Director, ABSIA/MYOB (photo: right)

Matthew Addison, DBC

eInvoicing has had a long history and, some may say, been a leader of collaboration between industry and government. Yet, this initiative has lost some momentum. Matthew Addison, Vice-Chair of the Digital Business Council, will discuss the latest progress and what to expect very soon from einvoicing.

Find out more about Matthew on
LinkedIn or Twitter.

Katrina Stuart, NPP (Australia)

Katrina Stuart, Executive Manager, Engagement, New Payments Platform (Australia), will be discussing NPP’s progress with the imminent standing-up of the platform, potential overlap and synergy between NPP and the einvoicing initiative. Katrina will also discuss the opportunity that the NPP offers for digital service providers. NPP: friend or foe?

Find out more about Katrina on LinkedIn or Website.

Hon Dan Tehan, MP

Hon Dan Tehan, MP is the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and the Member for Wannon, Victoria. The Minister will be appearing via pre-recorded video message. Whilst the Minister is unable to attend in person, he wanted to support ABSIA in promoting the critical importance of cyber security.

Find our more about the Minister on LinkedIn, Twitter and Website.

Sandra Ragg, DPM&C

Sandra Ragg, Head, Cyber Policy, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, is very experienced in cyber security, having served in the Department of Defence for many years.  Sandra will discuss how Australia is addressing the global cyber security challenges, with special concern for the small and medium businesses.

Find out more about Sandra on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Emma Hossack, MSIA

Emma Hossack is the President of the Medical Software Industry Association and the Chair of Strategy with iappANZ, the Industry Association of Privacy Professionals for Australia and New Zealand.  Security and privacy are prevalent topics in the health arena, and Emma will be share how the medical software industry addresses data protection and cyber security.

Find out more about Emma via LinkedIn or Website.

Anthony Kitzelmann, ADHA

Anthony Kitzelmann, Chief Security Information Officer, Australian Digital Health Agency, will be discussing how cyber security risks are being monitored, detected and neutralised to safeguard the systems in accordance with the Australian Government Security Standards: taking an integrated approach to create a secure mobility platform.

Find out more about Anthony via LinkedIn.

Stuart Coulson, ATO

Stuart Coulson, Chief Information Security Officer, Australian Taxation Office will highlight business security risks that the ATO is concerned about and how ATO's Operational Framework aims to address them.


Panel: Working Together to Secure our Customers Information

Stuart Coulson will join the panel, moderated by David Field, Director and Vice-President, ABSIA/Ozedi (photo: bottom, right). The panel will discuss how government, DSPs and business may all work together to secure our data. The panel will be comprised of:
  • Tony Kitzelmann, CSIO, ADHA (photo: top left)
  • Sandra Ragg, Head, Cyber Policy, Dept of PM&C (photo: top right)
  • Chris Howard, Director, Infrastructure & Operations, ADP (photo: bottom left)
After the full agenda, with breaks for morning/afternoon tea and lunch, we will all be strolling down the street to The Parlour at the State Library of Queensland.

Book Your Tickets to the Conference

There are many events lined up by the Australian Taxation Office to take advantage of face-to-face opportunities for attendees, so book your flights and accommodation and, most importantly, your ticket to the conference!

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