Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) 24 August 2020

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The Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) meeting was held via webinar on 24 August 2020.

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

24 August 2020

Program of work

An overview of the 2020/2021 roadmap was provided. There is a current focus on the short to medium stimulus measure changes, with design work currently being conducted.

XBRL to XML transition – 2021 candidates

The XBRL to XML conversion was discussed with an overview provided of the 2021 candidates on:

  • FBT return.
  • Closely Held Trust Annual Withholding Report and Closely Held Trusts TFN Report.
  • Family trust entity election/revocation (FTER) and Interposed Entity Election/revocation (IEE).

Update on e-invoicing

Agencies are now supporting improved payment times.

Peppol policies are in the process of being updated.

DSP Operational Framework review

Independent review of the DSP Operational Framework was provided with 17 recommendations, grouped into six categories.

Future direction of technology

A credential in software for authenticating identity was discussed. There has been a resourcing constraint on the ATO regarding end-to-end encryption so there is no timeline on progressing these items at this stage.

ATO Digital Services Modernisation (ADSM) program – Digital Services Gateway

An overview of the Digital Services Gateway (DSG) was provided.

A developer portal demonstration was conducted.

MBR program update

The Modernising Business Registers program will unify 31 registers and the ATO ABN register.

An overview of potential APIs was given.

New Payments Platform – ATO / RBA roadmap & Industry support

A roadmap for the New Payments Platform (NPP) is currently being worked on with the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).

An overview of the NPP was provided.

Open Data – Technical implementation

Open Data as a defined term links itself to the Consumer Data Rights (CDR). The CDR operates under its own legislative regime and is independent of the Data Accessibility and Transparency Bill.

The intent of the CDR is to give people ownership of their data and in effect allow them to 'shop around'.

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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