Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) 3 April 2019

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Consultative groups

The Digital Service Provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) meeting was held on Tuesday 3 April 2019 in Melbourne.

The agenda is available in the table below.

Participation is available to digital service providers listed as DARG Membership (DOCX, 20.3KB) for the 2019 year.

Key Outcomes

3 April 2019

SBR2 Roadmap

An overview of the eCommerce platform roadmap and three key operational priorities in preparation of Tax Time 2019 was provided.

A discussion occurred around the experience in the current eCommerce platform.

Feedback was collected from the group in relation to the current transition strategy.

ATO Digital Services Modernisation (ADSM) Request for Information (RFI)

An overview about the ADSM program was provided.

There are two key areas of consideration: Digital Services Gateway and Digital Reporting Channel.

A summary of the communications and timeline to date was presented to the group.

Direction of Technology

An overview of the drivers for technological innovation was provided.

A conceptual digital decoupling to support bimodal was presented. This consisted of:

  • An outer API layer with API priority determined by service demand from Software Developers.
  • An inner API layer which are platform based and priority is determined by operational needs.

DARG Focus Group

A summary of the journey to implement improvements for the test environment was given.

An overview was provided regarding the purpose of the BIG review and proposed changes were identified.

Machine to Machine Credentials

A summary of the Machine-to-Machine credential, why the current AUSkey will be replaced, the expected client authentication model, and overall impacts for DSPs and their clients was given.

Other Items

It is confirmed that IBM eBMs3 client is no longer available to new developers or to anyone consuming STP or Superannuation services.

Key outcomes and presentations are available in Online services for DSP.

The secretariat of the DSP Architecture Reference Group can be contacted by email at

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