• Standard Business Reporting
    A whole-of-government digital infrastructure

    Using digital record-keeping solutions save businesses time and money.

    Compliance costs to businesses are significantly reduced, so meeting reporting obligations becomes a by-product of good record-keeping practices. The result is an increase in productivity for business.

    A digital infrastructure that re-engineers business processes to increase productivity

    Together with the ABN and AUSkey, SBR offers a way of reengineering business processes to streamline reporting and reduce the cost to business of complying with tax and other government obligations.

    SBR provides business with a more efficient and accurate reporting capability by automating the preparation and lodgement of government reports directly from business software.

    The services within SBR allow businesses to list reporting obligations, retrieve prefilled digital reports from their software, send the report to government — directly from their software— and obtain real-time validation and receipting of their report lodgement from the relevant government agency.

    A key enabler of the government’s digital and cloud strategies

    The Australian economy is in transition. Growth in industries outside the resources sector is becoming more important for overall growth of the Australian economy. The relationship between high digital engagement and growth is not limited to certain industries or business sizes, indicating that digital engagement is linked to growth across the spectrum of business size and industry 1.

    The rise of cloud-based record keeping solutions has also changed the paradigm for business practices and processes.

    SBR is positioned as a key-enabling technology that meets the requirements of both the Government’s digital and cloud strategies, and is positioned to help lift the productivity of Australian businesses through the automation of preparation and lodgement of reports to government.


    Reduced costs in dealing with business non-compliance: due to reduced number of non-compliance events

    Reduced cost of data interchange: due to a standards-based taxonomy and a reusable government infrastructure to orchestrate government-to-government data exchanges

    More efficient and effective revenue collection and regulatory monitoring: due to reduction in non-compliance and increase in the quality of data.

    Increased electronic reporting, leading to a reduction in paper lodgements: with potential savings downstream associated with scanning, storage and rekeying information.

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    Tell us once share with many

    SBR is a key infrastructure which can be re-used in many ways. The ability of SBR standards to be applied to inter-governmental communications allows for “tell us once, share with many” models of interaction. Where information is provided to one agency, and the communality of infrastructure allows automated distribution of this information to other relevant agencies.

    Facilitating B2G, B2B and G2G reporting

    The wider implementation of a business reporting standard across government, and the further rationalisation of terms, is essential to reducing the duplicative and unnecessarily burdensome requirements experienced by Australian businesses.

    Operating since 2010, SBR is a proven solution for business-to-government (B2G) digital interaction. While the initial focus of SBR has been taxation and company compliance reporting, it is now being expanded into other areas such as employer reporting.

    SBR is also a proven solution in the business-to-business (B2B) space; it is delivering real savings for the superannuation sector as it replaces the previous time-consuming manual proof-of-identity processes. It was introduced to speed up rollovers with improved data quality, contributing to the overall efficiency of the superannuation system under SuperStream. With approximately 1.2 million rollovers per year that require a manual verification process, industry estimates the system delivers savings of up to $48 million per annum for the superannuation sector.

    SBR also has the potential to support integrated approaches to collecting information from business, for use by multiple agencies as a government-to-government (G2G) application, as well as the potential for agencies’ efficiencies.

    Support for partner agencies

    SBR is a proven solution that can be employed across all levels of government to improve service delivery.

    We support agencies implementing SBR-enabled solutions, working with them during implementation and provide ongoing support after the services go into production.


    Reports are automatically pre-filled: directly from software with data from existing accounting and payroll records, as well as information held by government, reducing errors that can occur from data entry.

    Provision for checking prior to lodgement: SBR-enabled software allows users to check reports for errors and omissions, which means less time resolving queries from regulators.

    Same time validation and acknowledgment: SBR provides an electronic interface to agencies directly from software, providing quick validation and confirmation of receipt of reports.

    Confidence that reporting obligations are up to date: changes in reporting legislation are captured in updates to the underlying SBR technology, providing certainty that all reporting is consistent with current regulation.

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    Find out more

    To find out more about SBR visit government.sbr.gov.auExternal Link

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    1 Connected Small Businesses: How Australian small businesses are growing in the digital economy, Deloitte Access Economics, 2013
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