Newsletter - May 2017
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May Newsletter

Invitation to Women in Tech 2017
13-15 June 2017 at Aerial UTS Function Centre Sydney
Women in Tech is not an event about women in tech, it is for women in tech. Alongside the national push to bring the next age of economic prosperity for Australia, comes a collective effort to drive innovation across public and private sectors by increasing diversity. For organisations to remain competitive they must build the right conditions to encourage more women into, and advance those within the tech sector.

ABSIA is proud to once again support Women in Tech, an event that brings together senior female ICT professionals from across all industries to facilitate opportunities to network, share experiences and discuss strategic solutions to the key challenges facing the sector.

ABSIA President Karen Lay-Brew will be giving a keynote presentation on how Australia can prepare for global data trends and emerging technologies.
She’ll be joining speakers including:
  • Hilda Clune, Chief Information Officer, PwC
  • Kylie Towie, Chief Information Officer, Department of Health WA
  • Lucy Lloyd, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Mentorloop
  • Claire Bourke, General Manager Technology - Chief Customer Office & Trusted Services, Australia Post
  • Angela Goodsir, Chief Technology and Systems Operations Officer, Multi Channel Network
  • Sophie Gilder, Head of Blockchain, Commonwealth Bank

Full details on the event program can be found by downloading the conference brochure

ABSIA members receive an additional 10% off using promo code ABSIA_10 - book online now or contact the event organiser on (02) 9977 0565.

ABSIA Updates

COSBOA Meeting

Simon Foster, ABSIA Treasurer, represented us at the COSBOA Council Meeting & Dinner in Canberra on 24 May which was focussed on Cyber Security.  At the meeting there were presentations by CREST Australia on Ethical Hacking, COSBOA Chair Paul Nielsen on a new offer for small businesses to protect themselves via Norton Internet Security & Cyber Insurance, as well as a Cyber Security Awareness certification process for small business staff.  John Dardo, newly installed Chief Digital Officer of the ATO and well known to ABSIA members, gave a fascinating presentation on the ATO’s Community Disaster Response Framework, covering the various support processes that are put in place in case of a disaster such as a bushfire or flood.  Simon gave a presentation on simple actions small businesses could take to improve their cyber security, such as using a password manager and using cloud storage for backups.  He then took part in a panel on actions small businesses could take on Cyber Security.
It is good to see COSBOA take a lead on this serious issue of rising importance.  It is clear that there is much to be done to educate the small business marketplace, and there is opportunity for ABSIA members that service small businesses to promote cyber security awareness.
Unfortunately, ATO Commissioner Chris Jordan was a late cancellation for the Dinner due to illness, but he was ably replaced by Assistant Commissioner for Small Business, Deborah Jenkins.  Deborah recently returned from a national roadshow together with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell and detailed some of the feedback from business owners, particularly red tape around employer obligations and issues with poor internet making a challenge for the ATO’s digital by default strategy.  She also mentioned STP and Simplified BAS as topics that were presented to small businesses across the country.

Single Touch Payroll 

Whilst ATO had finalised the fields for the Pay Event service and published the MST in March 2017, Digital Service Providers (DSP) require a great deal more information to enable them to design solutions for STP.

There are two main areas still outstanding:
1) STP guidelines to better inform the requirements, legislative obligations and scenarios; and 2) technical details, including encryption, authentication/authorisation, conformance testing and certification and the Update event service details.

ABSIA proposed a process to ATO to progress the STP guidelines and the ATO STP team embraced that process and worked in collaboration with ABSIA members in the Deep Dive Focus Group in Melbourne on 10/11 May to progress this deliverable. Outcomes were presented at the STP Design Working Group in Sydney on 18 May for review. A micro focus group is continuing to work in partnership with ATO to fast track completion and ATO will publish a final draft in the next week for final review.

The Employee Commencement (formerly known as Retail Onboarding) service design will re-commence shortly, following the same ABSIA business process approach to design.

The Technical Working Group was held on 25 May and a couple of papers outlined proposals for Authorisation/Authentication and Error Handling. These documents are published on the TWG page and you are encouraged to provide your feedback to Any and all agenda items for the TWG can be sent to the same email address, so ABSIA encourages our members to participate in this critical process.

Details of the STP design progress are published on the ABSIA online forum in the Payroll Special Interest Group for members only. If you are an ABSIA member, but not yet a member of the SIG, please email; or if you are not yet an ABSIA member, please join here.

Introducing Demand Flow Intelligence
Marketing Ambassadors to ABSIA 
On the marketing front, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Demand Flow Intelligence as our Marketing Ambassadors. Demand Flow Intelligence is headed up by Andy Kyiet, who many of you may have already met at the recent conferences or through email communications.
Like every organisation, ABSIA depends on a viable revenue stream to achieve all of its goals and deliver member benefits. For ABSIA, the major revenue streams are; Memberships, Conference fees and sponsorships. A vital component to maximising each of these is the execution of the associated Marketing activities. To this end, we have engaged Andy and his organisation to help us. Demand Flow Intelligence (DFI) have been established since 2001 and specialise in helping technology organisations to connect with their markets and generate demand. In support of this, DFI also provide a range of niche services around B2B marketing data and marketing automation.
Currently, Andy is focussed on two areas for ABSIA; sponsorship and event opportunities (both internal and external). With his assistance, we are developing and delivering some great Sponsorship and Exhibition packages that are designed to provide significant value to the Members, ABSIA and its external sponsors.
If you would like discuss any of these, please feel free to call Andy on 0402 456 027 or email him on

DSP Strategic Working Group

Earlier this year, the Software Industry Partnership Office asked for nominations to be a member of the Digital Service Provider (DSP) Strategic Working Group (SWG) and the new 15-member group has been selected and notified in the last week. The membership list will be published shortly on the DSP-SWG page. The next Strategic Working Group will take place in Melbourne in late June.  Below are some details about the SWG and links to the relevant information on the website. 

Member Information:
The Charter for the Strategic working group has been updated to reflect the feedback and evaluation of last year’s meetings. This updated charter will be published to the website in the coming days. Agenda details will be published in advance to allow members to seek input from industry to represent our collective vision. As usual, be on the lookout for posts on ABSIA's online forum seeking your input and detailing the discussions and outcomes of this group.

Next Meeting: 
The group is expected to meet again in late June 2017. SIPO are awaiting confirmation of DSP consultation and engagement events that are set to take place at around the same time, hoping to align the events to make it as easy as possible for members to attend. A confirmed date will be published on the website as soon as it is available.

Please send through any items you would like to raise or discuss at the next meeting. ABSIA is looking forward to the next meeting of the newly appointed group. If you have any questions or concerns please visit the DSP-SWG page or contact Angela Lehmann from ADP is the industry co-chair.

Budget 2017

During Karen’s trip to Canberra last week, she met with Peter Alexander, DTA’s COO. Peter feels that the new CEO, who has been in position since the second week of May, has the right background having led $3b ANZ transformation, and is positive about the prospect of his leadership. Budget starts 1 July 2017 and is funded for 3 years, and it appears that DTA is in get-ready mode.

DTA will do a stock-take and assess what assets exist in the government, such as infrastructure, systems, investments, capabilities and risks. DTA will also establish an architecture diagram to understand how everything hangs together in the government lanscape, and will include functional and technical views. DTA will take the lead and facilitate Identity and Authentication where a practical solution will most likely be a federation of indentities with a vastly improved myGov.
Cross-government platforms funding is for 3 years, commencing end of June 2017 and the plan is to deliver results sooner.
Areas funded are:
  1. Tell-us-once
  2. Notification from Agencies (Digital Mailbox)
  3. Payments in / out, eventually looking at the total scope of Purchase-to-pay. Will look at what's there now: RBA solution, DHS's Welfare platform, ATO's eInvoicing, as to not rebuild or reuse what is already in existence
  4. Communication layer (including SBR) assessment will be kicked off end June.
Digital Investment Management Office (DIMO) is currently doing data collection of agency projects over $10m, critical infrastructure of any size with expected completion in second half of 2017. The programs will then be prioritised or flagged for monitoring for various reasons eg. risk, benefit, profile.
Building ICT Capability in the government:
  1. Digital Marketplace - provide associated training to agencies for better utilising it
  2. Started talking with Australian Institute of Project Management on providing training and certification
  3. Exec levels B1/2/3, also EL1/2 on Digital capabilities, agile, etc.

March Conference Highlights 

Our first conference of 2017 was a success and we thank everyone who was a part of it. If you missed it, you can find links to the presentations on our website. It is time to mark your calendars for our next conference in Brisbane on 13th September 2017. Spring is a fantastic time of the year to be in Brisbane - you might want to attend follow-up ATO events and make it a long weekend! If there's a topic you wish to see on the agenda, please send your suggestions to

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