Digital service provider Architecture Reference Group (DARG) – 26 July 2022

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The DSP Architecture Reference Group (DARG) meeting was held in Melbourne on 26 July 2022.

The agenda and other artefacts will be made available on this page.

Participation is available to those Digital service providers listed as DARG members for the 2022 year.

Key outcomes

26 July 2022

Delivery insights and future program – SBR and BDE

The program delivery roadmap was presented to the group providing a high-level forward plan for the 23/24 FY.

Work is occurring on internal improvements to technology and resilience programs.

In balancing the internal and external programs, reprioritisation of ATO work has occurred.

SBR2 will transition to native cloud to improve resilience and stability.

Issues influencing adoption of some of the value-add SBR2 services were discussed.

An overview of the Tax Time 2022 retrospective was provided to the group.

TLS update  

An update was provided on the ATO transitioning away from TLS1.0 and TLS1.1.

ATO Priority work and recalibration exercise 

An update was provided to members on the ATO’s ongoing recalibration work, highlighting the key priorities for 22/23 FY.

The ATO will provide DSPs early notice of work coming off pause to allow for preparation and minimise costly re-work.

Delivery insights and future program API Portal 

Assuring the infrastructure surrounding the API Portal is a key priority. The ATO is ensuring the correct strategy is in place to support API Portal onboarding for DSPs to enable take up of APIs and to realise the value proposition.

DSG, Authorisation Flows

The new OAuth2 flows are now live on the API Portal. A walk through was provided of the flows involved to authenticate using the OAuth2 protocol.

API Portal future work  

DSPs will have the ability to provide feedback earlier on draft API specs.

APIs delivered in the API portal will have a base capability that DSPs can consume with features that will be enhanced incrementally.

ATO Channel Strategy (DSG, SBR, BDE)

A high-level overview of the ATO’s Channel Strategy and Data Channel Strategy was provided.                   

Messaging Technology, A Perspective & Retrospective  

A comprehensive insight into messaging technology and its history was shared with the group.

Data Acquisition Prefilling & Sharing (DAPS) Overview

An overview into the DAPS program was presented to the group.       

Wrap up and close

The next DARG meeting is tentatively booked for 9 November 2022 in Brisbane, subject to any restrictions in the state or on-site.

Key outcomes and presentations are available in Online services for DSPs

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

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