ABSIA News: 24 June 2015
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ABSIA May Forum Wrap Up

Tax Professional's Webcast

Sultanate of Oman Delegation

Single Touch Payroll Implementation & Transition Advisory Committee

Single Touch Payroll Workshop

SuperStream Defined Benefit Workshop

National Disability Insurance Agency Information Session


ABSIA Quarterly Update on ATO Channels

ABSIA Web Forum

SuperStream Transitional Arrangements Submission

In Partnership with the ATO



ABSIA MAY FORUM, 27 May 2015

The forum was held on 27 May 2015 in Melbourne, topics including Digital Transformation Office, Standard Business Reporting, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Taxation Office - The 2015 Budget, Single Touch Payroll, ABSIA ebMS3 Project and more were discussed.

Not able to get to the event? View the presentations HERE


Tax Professional's Webcast, 30 March 2015

The first tax professionals webcast for 2015, What's changing for tax professionals in 2015 and 2016? streamed live on 30 March 2015 on Panelists including ABSIA director Kevin Johnson discussed the changes that will affect tax professionals in 2015 and 2016, and how these will change the way you interact with your clients and the ATO.

The webcast can be viewed by clicking on the image below:

Sultanate of Oman Delegation, 26 May 2015

In December 2014 Business Reporting and Registration (BRR) received a request from the Sultanate of Oman’s Infrastructure and eService Division seeking to visit Australia to discuss SBR and the use of the Australian Business Register. The Oman delegation’s visit was held from 25 – 27 May 2015 in Canberra at the ATO. ABSIA Board member, Geoff Schaller presented topics such as the software industry, collaboration mechanism with Government, SBR Program, SuperStream and SBR2, SBR enable products and ABSIA.

You can view Geoff’s presentation HERE.
Front Row (left to right): Mark Jackson – Deputy Registrar, Business Reporting & Registration and Mr Khamis Al Farsi, Director General of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Back Row (left to right): Andrew Joyce – Assistant Registrar, Policy & Strategy Branch, Robert Drummond – Assistant Registrar, Operations Branch, Dileesh Kuzhiparambil Suseelan, Governance and Advisory Consultant, ITA, Salma Khalfan Al Burtamani - One Stop Shop Technology and Business transformation Project Manager, Buthaina Al Kindi, Head of Commercial Information Section, Ministry of Commerce and Industry and John McAlister – Assistant Registrar, Stakeholder Engagement & Adoption Branch


Single Touch Payroll (STP) Implementation and Transition Advisory Committee (ITAC) Meeting, 21 May 2015

ABSIA Board member, Nicholas Perrott attended the STP ITAC meeting at the ATO. The key messages from the meeting were:
  • Government is considering the feedback provided at the round table and now looking at the next steps for STP.
  • Real Time Reporting needs to be discussed to provide definition around at what point reporting needs to occur.
  • A key driver for STP is the value proposition to the employer and this would create demand driven adoption by the business community.
  • An emerging challenge for the ATO is to create an enabling environment for early adopters. History and experience from SWD proves change process cost is significant and being an early adopter requires investment in time and resources.
The next meeting will be held on 23 June 2015 via videoconference; 10.00am – 11.30am

If you would like to provide feedback to these committees, please contact us on 

Single Touch Payroll (STP) 2 day Workshop, 9 -10 June 2015

A 2 day STP workshop was conducted in Melbourne and gave software developers an opportunity to interact face to face with the ATO and provide constructive feedback on business and technical aspects of STP development. Topics discussed were On-boarding Retail Flow, On-boarding Wholesale Flow and Payroll Event Flow. 

Outcomes and presentations will be available here:

SuperStream Defined Benefit Workshop, 15 June 2015

In response to industry demand, ABSIA held a workshop on Monday 15 June to address issues associated with defined benefits and the current SuperStream alternate file format (SAFF). The session sought to establish a “standard” for applying defined benefits data elements to the current SAFF file format. Next step? Funds will provide their current mappings and SAFF extensions within the next two weeks to ABSIA’s online web forum for consolidation and review.
The next meeting will be mid-July.
SuperStream Defined Benefit Workshop 

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) ICT Industry Information Session - 16 June 2015

The Australian Government announced in the Federal Budget that $143 million will be invested to deliver an upgraded ICT system for the NDIA, to be developed and managed by the Department of Human Services (DHS).

ABSIA attended the ICT industry information session in Melbourne hosted by NDIA. The session outlined the agency’s technology vision and strategy, provided an overview of the Full Scheme ICT solution and opportunities for the ICT industry to drive innovation to enhance outcomes for people with disability.

If you are interested in developing technology solutions for people with disability or their support providers and would like to know more, email
For more information


ABSIA Quarterly Update on ATO Channels Webinar – 15 July 2015

ABSIA will be running a quarterly update via webinar on 15 July 2015.

This will give members the chance to receive an update on changes to forms and reports in the SBR, Portal/ECI and ELS channels. We are also expecting an update from the ATO on their current thinking on the future of the ECI channel.

ABSIA members – free; Non-members - $49
To register, please click below:

ABSIA Web Forum – NOW!

ABSIA’s web-forum is up and running! It provides ongoing in-depth discussions on specific topics and issues, enabling you to share ideas, provide feedback, make recommendations and collaborate with like-minded professionals in your industry on a variety of topics. Topics currently active are:
  • SuperStream – transitional arrangements ABSIA submission
  • Digital Innovation Forum 2015
  • Demand on industry – ATO work plan
  • Software providers and the Tax Agent Services Act 2009
  • ELS2SBR submission (invite only)
  • Single Touch Payroll working group (invite only)
If you would like to participate in these topics please email or go to and get involved today!

SuperStream Transitional Arrangements - ABSIA Submission

The version of the CONTRIBUTIONS MESSAGE IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE issued on 7th May 2015 contains the following clause:

“A transitional arrangement in place under Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Data and Payment Standards 2012 may continue to be used after 30 June 2017 if it meets the relevant conditions and requirements of an alternative arrangement outlined in this section.”

This clause will allow fund portals to continue offering portal clearing house services to employers indefinitely. To provide these services, the fund does not have to advertise their acceptance of SuperStream XBRL or SAFF file formats, they can continue to specify a file format as long as it is “an alternative electronic transmission format”

It is to be noted that in addition to any other service, the fund MUST have the capability of accepting data from the SuperStream network.

This places the developers at risk of having support multiple file formats to support their clients indefinitely.

The opinion expressed by the software developers over recent engagements is that this is not within in the spirit of the standardisation being sort by SuperStream. This opinion has been expressed at:
• The CIWG meeting on 26th May
• The ABSIA forum on 27th May
• The Gateway Operators Group meeting on 28th May

The ATO has requested a formal submission from ABSIA on this issue and we are seeking feedback from the industry on two aspects of this:
• Provision of the details and nature of any request for specific file formats from funds or other entities
• Whether your organisation supports or does not support the change to the MIG to extend the date for transitional arrangements into infinity.

Can you please respond addressing the two points by COB 26th June 2015 in the ABSIA Web Forum: 

In Partnership with the ATO...

As part of the Reinventing the ATO program of work, we are building closer ties with the ATO.

One of the first steps was to co-design the Software industry partnership. This framework supports the close working relationship between the industry, the ATO and ABSIA.

To demonstrate their sincerity in making this partnership work, the ATO recently launched the Software developers community. The Software developers community includes a newsroom, discussion board and a weekly newsletter Software developers community.
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