• Report of the Australian Business Registrar 2013-14

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    Australian Business Register Program
    at a glance

    The ABR Program seeks to contribute to improving the wellbeing of the Australian people through enhanced business productivity by:

    • reducing the administrative cost to business of complying with Government regulation
    • influencing Government policy development and implementation, through advocating the use of services, technologies and processes to minimise the administrative impact on business
    • encouraging the adoption of new practices by businesses to reduce operating costs.

    The outcomes of this will be:

    • increased use by business and government of a complete and single source of business information for planning and service delivery
    • broader adoption and use of consistent information exchange standards by business and government
    • more streamlined online interactions between business and government, including a single business entry point
    • reduced business costs leading to improved business productivity and competitiveness.

    Our principles

    Providing services anywhere, anytime

    Delivering convenient, real-time services that can be used anywhere, at any time, on devices that are interchangeable, including mobile devices.

    Business-focused services

    Facilitating digital services that support a whole-of-government service from a business perspective; eliminating duplication across government agencies, reducing red tape and delivering a consistent user experience.

    Improved efficiency and productivity

    Providing up-to-date and consistent entity-specific information on Australian businesses to drive evidence-based policy and law development, as well as engender a culture of effective service delivery to business, which in turn lifts business productivity.


    Creating a standardised digital infrastructure across government to facilitate digital services that are so simple and convenient that businesses will choose to use them.

    Build common technology platforms for digital-by-default services

    Building a digital infrastructure, including a suite of systems, processes and standards that can be customised and adapted to agency and business requirements.

    Our role

    The Australian Business Registrar’s responsibilities include:

    • the Australian Business Register (ABR), which provides a unique trusted identifier for Australian businesses (the Australian business number – ABN) and is being developed as an accurate and complete source of entity-specific business information for use by both the community and government
    • Standard Business Reporting – standards for electronic reporting, based on natural business systems, encompassing the data items and interfaces used in transacting with government and, ultimately, between businesses
    • SBR-enabled transactions through online business gateways (for registration and other transactions and exchange of data)
    • AUSkey, an authentication solution for business-to-government interaction that is being developed to meet the security requirements of users and agencies, across the whole of government, and that will be available on the user’s digital platform of choice.

    Achievements in 2013-14

    • We implemented a new online registration process for ABNs that is not only easier to use but also captures more accurate and detailed information on businesses, including their precise location and details of all associates.
    • We reviewed the entitlement and ABR records of over 843,000 ABN holders.
    • We cancelled around 543,900 ABNs.
    • The Australian Reporting Dictionary was released in July 2013, presenting a searchable and easy to understand view of the growing number of harmonised data items that have been brought into the scope of Standard Business Reporting. The dictionary defines standard data items so they have the same meaning when used across business and government for the range of regulatory purposes.
    • Adoption of a whole-of-government messaging standard for business-to-government and government-to-government transactions opens up opportunities for new and innovative service offerings that are based on SBR standards but is not constrained by the need to use infrastructure operated by particular agencies.
    • Along with new SBR-enabled software products being offered during the year, suppliers of existing products have added more report types to their products – particularly prompted by the announcement of the upgrade of the ATO’s Electronic Lodgment Service (ELS) to make it SBR compliant.
    • The year saw a 145% growth in SBR-enabled transactions through the SBR gateway and other electronic data exchange services.
    • The number of active AUSkeys increased by 12.8% to 941,880, used on behalf of almost 500,000 businesses (19.6% higher than the previous year).
    • Authentications using AUSkeys increased by 13.2% to approximately 44 million.
    • The number of online services for which AUSkey is accepted increased by a third.
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