Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) 11 March 2020

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The Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) meeting was held on Wednesday 11 March 2020 in Sydney.

The agenda is available in the table below.

Participation is available to those Digital service providers listed as DARG members for the 2020 year.

Key Outcomes

11 March 2020

Tax Time readiness 2020

An overview of the 2020 roadmap was provided.

Most core drops for EVTE are in but there will be changes to the April/May deployment due to legislative and cyclical changes and potential rollbacks.


Feedback from the XBRL to XML Conversion Vision paper was sought from members.

Change principles were discussed with the group,

Digital ID and M2M transition update

An overview was provided of the transition to myGovID and RAM.

It was requested that ATO provide further information that DSPs can point customers to when they require assistance.

Reasonable use of ATO Digital Services Policy

The following details were confirmed:

  • The issue was due to a combination of services and polling (both push and pull).
  • The future is for the delta to be returned for services such as pre-fill.

Single Touch Payroll Phase 2

An overview of STP phase 2 changes was provided.

Changes to Activity Statements

Prefilling of W1 and W2 labels is currently being tested.

PAYGW prefill will be dynamic.

Update to ATO Digital Services Modernisation (ADSM) and requirements

Responses had been reviewed and product demonstrations were upcoming.

The product should include:

  • REST and SOAP capability as well as meet XML and JSON needs.
  • Provide DSPs with the ability to self-service.
  • Give access to DSPs to view service speeds and health issues.
  • High availability and fully scalable (elastic scalability).

Modernising Business Registers (MBR) & Director Identity

The aim of the program is to provide a self-service model; self-register, test, and go all the way through to production without needing to speak to the ATO.

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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