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ABSIA News: 3 December 2015
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IN THIS ISSUE:

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:


XBRL and ebMS SwD workshops 

ABSIA’s 2016 Event Schedule – SAVE THE DATES!!


PAST EVENTS:


ABSIA Conference – 18 November

eCommerce Technical Working Group – 19 November

ATO-SwD Partnership Event – 19 November

E-invoicing stakeholder forum – inaugural meeting 1 December
 

ABSIA involvement in the GNGB (Gateway Network Governance Body)


Review of private advice webinar and workshop- 4 November & 23 November

Digital Transformation Office (DTO) Initiatives - RAM Options discussion – 5 November

Software developers - Change advices you need to know about – 26 November


SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST


Payroll Special Interest Group (SIG)

Data Security in the “Cloud” Special Interest Group (SIG) 
  Australian Bureau of Statistics Special Interest Group (SIG)
 

INFORMATION & GUIDANCE:


ABSIA’s product register

ATO digital by default consultation paper

Software developer experience workshop – talk book now available!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

XBRL and ebMS SwD workshops 

  • 10 December, Brisbane
  • 11 December, Melbourne
  • 16 December, Sydney
Based on interest from the ABSIA and ATO engagements, the ATO is conducting technical workshops to assist software developers with moving into the SBR space. With locationsin Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne these will run from 10:00am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4:00pm. The morning sessions will focus on payloads including XBRL and the afternoon sessions will focus on the ATO’s implementation of ebMS.

If you are interested in attending, please email SIPO@ato.gov.au

ABSIA’s 2016 Event Schedule – SAVE THE DATES!!


We are proud to announce our Forum, Conference and Webinar schedule for 2016!
  • March Forum - 2 March, Melbourne
  • May Forum - 25 May, Sydney
  • September Forum - 7 September, Melbourne
  • November Conference - 30 November, Sydney
ABSIA Quarterly Webinars - 2016
  • 10 February
  • 18 May 
  • 10 August 
  • 9 November
Put these dates in your diary now so you won't miss out!

PAST EVENTS:

ABSIA Conference – 18 November


This year’s annual conference in Melbourne received positive feedback by attendees, with significant interest generated from the topics presented. 

Ian Yip, Director of Cyber Security at Ernst & Young delivered a timely presentation on cloud and cyber security – its impact on the digital economy. Ian discussed the key considerations of cloud security, the astounding cost of cybercrime, how cyber threats are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated and how to get ahead of cybercrime. Ian’s presentation was followed by an expert panel discussion where each panelist shared their wealth of knowledge regarding security and voluntary data retention practices for cloud providers.

Ian's presentation and our other speaker presentations are available here

eCommerce Technical Working Group – 19 November


ABSIA hosted a quarterly Government channels update via webinar on 14 October 2015 and it was a huge success!
During the hour, the webinar provided tailored, specific and succinct information on topics that are current and most relevant to software developers. These webinars are a great opportunity to interact and ask questions directly to the decision makers!
If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can view the following presentations via our website:
  • Mick Ferris provided an update on SBR, Plan on a Page, ITR Format Survey and a BDE update;
  • Brian Shepherd spoke about eCommerce Software Developer Technical Working Group, its purpose, some past items discussed over the last 6 months and future items likely to be discussed over the next 6 months;
  • Susan Dredge and Joel Hannaway discussed PAYG instalments voluntary entry and calculators online. Joel provided an interactive example using the PAYGI calculators for individuals and companies on ato.gov.au
We will be conducting these webinars on a quarterly basis with the next webinar being held on 10 February 2016

ATO-SwD partnership Event – Co-design of Wholesale Services Principles and Guidelines and Business Registration Services – 19 November


ABSIA was strongly represented with many members attending to support to the co-design of wholesale services principles and guidelines and business registration services. Further collaboration is expected on this piece of work in the New Year.

For ABSIA members seeking more detail please email absia@absia.asn.au

E-invoicing stakeholder forum – inaugural meeting 1 December


The ATO held a SuperStream Business Engagement Forum in Sydney on Wednesday 28 October at Luna Park. The SuperStream Business Engagement Forum replaced the Contributions Implementation Working Group.

 At the forum, the ATO provided an update on a range SuperStream related topics, including:
  • Contributions implementation progress
  • Employer outreach program
  • How ATO will work with medium to large employers finalise their implementation post 31 October – Compliance focus
  • Response messaging
  • SuperStream top issues
  • Future releases – MIG v2.0 and web services
  • Gateway governance
The presentations will be available on the SIPO website shortly.

ABSIA involvement in the GNGB (Gateway Network Governance Body)

ABSIA is a key stakeholder in the Superannuation Gateway Network Governance Body (GNGB) in alliance with other industry bodies, to transition the governance of the Gateway Network from the ATO to the industry by July 2016. Multiple working committee workshops will continue in the establishment process and ABSIA is active at both the working committee level and the CEO level groups.

Review of private advice webinar and workshop- 4 November & 23 November
 

ABSIA Director, Kevin Johnson attended the Review of private advice webinar on 4 November, where the ATO presented their findings on the review of our public advice and guidance.

Kevin also attended the ATO-Review of private advice workshop on 23 November whereby the ATO sought the input of external parties (tax agents, solicitors, banks, businesses, barristers, software developers, publishers) into how the ATO can reshape the private advice system.  Private advice is the tailored technical assistance the ATO provides to taxpayers when they request advice on how the law applies to their specific circumstances (usually in the form of a ruling).  The  ½ day workshop was held in Sydney and had a good cross-section of representation.

Digital Transformation Office (DTO) Initiatives - RAM Options discussion teleconference – 5 November


ABSIA Director, Kevin Johnson attended the DTO initiatives – Relationship and Authorisation Management (RAM) discussion on the 5 November. The discussion focussed on the technical options for delivering RAM APIs to:
  • Other government agencies to act as:
    • Truth Stores for relationship data
    • Maintainers of centrally held relationships
    • Relying parties on the recorded relationship data
  • External software developers providing solutions to the community by consuming RAM wholesale APIs

Software developers - Change advices you need to know about – 26 November


ABSIA Director, Kevin Johnson attended the ‘Software Developers – Change advices you need to know about’ webinar held on 26 November.  The ATO presented information regarding the information in change advices that were either not available or have changed since the September ATO SwD partnership event – services for tax practitioners. This included:
  • CA2016-041 – family payment reform – better targeting of family tax benefit part B
  • CA2016-042 – electronic lodgement service to Standard Business Reporting (ELS2SBR) future year (early lodged) returns
  • CA2016-043 – expanding prefilling
  • CA2016-044 – ELS2SBR income tax return bank-state-branch validation
  • CA2016-046 – accelerated depreciation for primary producers
  • CA2016-048 – fringe benefit tax meal entertainment and entertainment leasing facilities for non-profits
  • updates on Tax Time 2016 changes.

SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS


EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Payroll Special Interest Group (SIG)


This is an ABSIA initiative to reboot a previously very active group that focused on Single Touch Payroll. However, we are now looking to take the SIG further and focus on payroll-issue priorities.

A new ABSIA members-only forum area will be setup shortly to allow for members to identify and scope priorities for software developers and business, seek clarification from government and/or suggest solutions.

If you are interested in joining this SIG please email absia@absia.asn.au

Data security in the “cloud” Special Interest Group (SIG) 


ABSIA is creating a Data Security in the "Cloud" special interest group to assist developers in building solutions that meet an adequate or ‘secure’ level; provide end users with some level of confidence that their cloud products meet some agreed standard; and provide assurance to government that the developer is fit to consume government data services and ‘store’ business and individuals information.

If you are an ASBIA member interested in joining this SIG please email absia@absia.asn.au

Whole of Government Special Interest Group (SIG)

Whole-of-Government direction encompasses federal, state and local levels of governments, and stands to benefit the end users and consumers of services in multiple ways through ease of accessing relevant information, reducing red tape and reducing the cost of doing business with governments. There are a number of coordinated activities underway, and ABSIA is taking the industry leadership position to bring together the different stakeholders to expedite this program.

If you are an ASBIA member interested in joining this SIG please email absia@absia.asn.au

Wholesale to Retail Special Interest Group (SIG)

ATO is required to provide a base level of services to the tax payers, and at the same time plan to enable the software industry to provide value-add services on a commercially viable basis. This was received with great enthusiasm at the Annual ABSIA Conference on 18 November, and the transition planning will commence imminently under the leadership of ABSIA.

If you are an ASBIA member interested in joining this SIG please email absia@absia.asn.au

Australian Bureau of Statistics Special Interest Group (SIG)


ABSIA are currently working with the Bureau of Statistics and Standard Business Reporting to establish reporting directly through software. We are in the initial phases of establishing scope which includes the selection of reports to be trialled.

If you are interested in joining this SIG please email absia@absia.asn.au

INFORMATION & GUIDANCE:

ABSIA’s product register
 

ABSIA have secured government funding to assist in developing a product register. A high level design is expected before Christmas.  If you are interested in contributing to and reviewing the design then email absia@absia.asn.au

ATO digital by default consultation paper
 

In line with the Governments digital transformation agenda the ATO has developed a digital by default consultation paper. 

Closing date for feedback on the paper is 15 January 2016.  For details click here

Software developer experience workshop – talk book now available!
 

The ATO recently held a software developer experience workshop, where together with software developers, senior leaders from the ATO and representatives from government partners, worked together to create a draft four year plan, which will make the future vision a reality for software developers.
The ATO are changing the way they work and putting their clients at the centre of everything they do.  For the past three months, they’ve opened their doors to the community, business - big and small, charities, super funds, tax and BAS agents, self-managed super funds, APRA funds, software developers, other government agencies and staff, to help identify the work that they need to do to deliver the future client and staff experience.  

Software developers were involved in all the workshops, so we could shape our broader approaches and plans – as partners!

To see a visual summary of the activities and key themes discussed at the software experience workshop, view ATO’s Talk Book.

Where to next?
The ATO have finished reviewing all of the ideas from the workshop and are checking the proposed timing and sequence of initiatives.  Importantly, they will check back with you and the broader community to make sure they are getting it right and it reflects the experience we want and need.
 
Assistant Commissioner Katie Welsh, responsible for the ‘Reinventing the ATO’ programme presented at our ABSIA Annual Conference on 18 November at the Melbourne Convention Centre. To view the presentations click here.
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