• Management and resources

    ABR Executive

    The ABR is managed by an Executive comprising the Registrar (who is also the Commissioner of Taxation), the Deputy Registrar and the Assistant Registrar. The Registrar chairs the ABR Advisory Board and sets the vision and direction for the ABR.

    The Deputy Registrar:

    • leverages relationships with government agencies through various consultative forums to promote sharing of data and to ensure the ABR continues to be a valuable whole-of-government resource
    • is also a Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (a role that is separate to and distinct from that of the Deputy Registrar).

    The Assistant Registrar:

    • takes a leading role in developing plans and progressing the ABR as the business register for government
    • manages the ABR workforce to ensure efficient and cost-effective service to government and the community

    Senior staff at 30 June 2012:

    • Michael D'Ascenzo - Registrar ABR (also Commissioner of Taxation)
    • Bill Gibson - a/g Second Commissioner, EST and Operations
    • Mark Jackson - Deputy Registrar - ABR, Deputy Commissioner Business Reporting and Registration (BRR)
    • Trisha Clarke - Assistant Registrar and Assistant Commissioner ABR
    • John McAlister - Assistant Commissioner, SBR
    • Andrew Rose - Senior Director, AUSkey
    • Reece Parry - Senior Director, Towards a Better Business Future Program
    • Sharon Robinson - Business Management Unit

    Work force and expenditure

    As part of our internal planning processes we allocate resources, including funding and staff, to perform the activities needed to achieve services and deliverables. This work is undertaken as part of the internal budgeting process, and helps us to:

    • establish funding priorities
    • support decision making, and
    • monitor and report financial performance.

    These actions ensure the efficient, effective and ethical use of our resources to deliver our commitments in accordance with Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

    The total operating cost for managing the whole of government initiatives of ABR, AUSkey and SBR operating solution during 2011–12 was $117.4 million with a supporting workforce of 500. A component of this cost includes support for the development of SBR for the ATO.

    The key areas of work and associated costs attributable to the total expenditure, including property, equipment and government are outlined in the following table.

    Table 3.1 Work force and expenditure, 2011–12
      Direct Workforce  $ ’000 
    Management of policy procedures and guidelines to support 

     

    5,822

    Processing of ABR Registration 

    14

    3,260

    Labour1

     

    2,226

    Supplier2

     

    757

    Depreciation3

     

    277

     Client registration for AUSKey 

    11

    2,562

    Labour

     

    1,749

    Supplier

     

    595

    Depreciation

     

    218

    Processing business applications for ABN and AUSkey registrations 

    247

    45,494

    Labour

     

    27,078

    Supplier

     

    16,390

    Depreciation

     

    2,026

    Ongoing review, analysis and assurance of ABN registrant eligibility and information 

    26

    6,055

    Labour

     

    4,134

    Supplier

     

    1,406

    Depreciation

     

    515

    Maintenance of the Register including updates to Registrant information, i.e. change of address 

    42

    8,046

    Labour

     

    4,620

    Supplier

     

    3,093

    Depreciation

     

    332

    Facilitating the availability of related ABN information for government agencies and the community 

    19

    4,425

    Labour

     

    3,021

    Supplier

     

    1,028

    Depreciation

     

    37

    Progress AUSkey as whole-of-government solution 

    6

    1,397

    Labour

     

    954

    Supplier

     

    325

    Depreciation

     

    119

    Progress the SBR operating solution 

    29

    18,909

    Labour

     

    7,286

    Supplier

     

    6,558

    Depreciation

     

    5,065

    IT systems and support 

    105

    27,285

    Labour

     

    19,663

    Supplier

     

    7,422

    Depreciation

     

    200

    TOTAL

    500

    117,432

    1. Labour – costs associated with salaries and wages; leave, superannuation and other employee provisions. 
    2. Supplier – costs associated with contractor, consultants. Travel and office operations. 
    3. Depreciation – depreciation costs associated with depreciable leasehold improvements, plant and equipment. 

     

    Costs attributed to IT systems and support for ABR, SBR and AUSkey in provisioning system maintenance and IT development programs are outlined in the following table.

     

    Table 3.2 IT systems and support, 2011–12
      $ ’000 
    ABR 

    3,619

    System maintenance

    2,165

    System development

    1,454

    SBR 

    19,457

    System maintenance

    18,450

    System development

    1,008

    AUSKEY 

    4,208

    System maintenance

    4,103

    System development

    104

    TOTAL

    27,285

    These costs need to be read in conjunction with the Commissioner of Taxation Annual report 2011–12 which incorporate the costs detailed above. These costs are not supplemental to those published in the Commissioner of Taxation Annual report 2011–12.

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