Strategic working group – 16 May 2023

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This Strategic Working Group (SWG) session was held online on 16 May 2023.

Key outcomes


Below is a summary of key outcomes. Note: The full key outcomes and any presentation materials are available in Online services for DSPs.

Impacts of federal budget 2023-24 measures on DSPs

Budget measures from the 2023-24 and 2022-23 budgets impacting DSPs across government agencies were discussed.

The ATO’s Budget 2023-24 measures impact assessment is now available in Online Services for DSPs.  The ATO’s forward program will be discussed at the June SWG.

An update was provided on payday super.

Potential impacts of the CDR on DSPs and the broader tax ecosystem

An overview of the Consumer Data Right (CDR) was provided, with a following discussion on impacts and opportunities for the tax ecosystem now and in the future, including:

  • Designation of government datasets
  • Digital identity
  • The meaning of derived data
  • Challenges with withdrawing consent and data retention requirements
  • Opportunities to leverage this data sharing model in the tax ecosystem.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Accounting Software Program and future opportunities for red tape reduction

Representatives from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provided an introduction and background on their small business survey project, including a demonstration of how the quarterly small business indicator survey can be completed using the app and data shared from their accounting software.

Attendees discussed opportunities to streamline reporting obligations with ABS and other government agencies.

Learnings from the design, development and implementation of Paid Family & Domestic Violence Leave

An overview was given of the development and implementation of the paid family and domestic violence leave entitlement, including the engagement between DSPANZ, ATO, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR).

Attendees discussed avenues to collaborate with DSPs in multi-agency employment-related changes and the policy and implementation challenges for government and DSPs.

Potential accessibility requirements for future systems

An overview was given of accessibility requirements for digital services, including current legislation and expectations in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and the US.

Attendees explored what would happen if these non-functional requirements were applied to DSPs through mechanisms such as API terms of use, procurement rules or legislative change.

Superannuation update

An update was provided on the superannuation standard choice form changes and the updated software technical specifications, with confirmation that the old form is still being accepted.

An update of the Your Future, Your Super review was provided- there are currently no changes.

Next meeting dates

The next SWG meeting will be held fac-to-face in the ATO’s new Sydney office at 255 George Street, Sydney on Thursday 15 June 2023.

The next industry-led SWG will be scheduled in late September.

See upcoming engagements for a full list of engagements scheduled for the software industry.

Participation is available to those Digital service providers listed as SWG members for the 2023 year.

If you have any questions, contact the secretariat by email at or lodge a ticket via Online services for DSPs.

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