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December Newsletter

On behalf of the DSPANZ Board and staff, DSPANZ President Simon Foster, would like to thank our members for their support and involvement in our association this year.

Continuing on from the extremely busy and unusual year that was 2020, this year proved to be no different but there have been many positives along the way for both the software industry and DSPANZ as an organisation. Over the past year it has been encouraging to see government agencies realise the benefits of working with our industry on policy and projects to achieve better outcomes for Digital Service Providers, employers and businesses, and of course the citizens of Australia and New Zealand.


Farewell Marjukka and Michael

At the November Board meeting we said goodbye to Directors Marjukka Maki-Hokkonen and Michael Ross. We would like to thank both Marjukka and Michael for their contributions to ABSIA/DSPANZ over the last few years and we wish them all the best for the future. 

Welcome to New Directors

With two casual vacancies now open, the Board invited two new Directors to fill these positions for 12 months. We would like to welcome both Allen Knight (Taxlab) and Belinda Stewart (Paypac) to the Board.
SSAM Review 2021 Report

SSAM Report Release

This week we officially released the report from the 2021 SSAM Review. The report covers the history of the SSAM, insights from the surveys conducted with both DSPs and add-ons about their experiences and the outcomes of the review process. Catch up on what happened in the review and what's changing for the SSAM. 
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Consumer Data Right Sponsored Accreditation

Consumer Data Right Sponsored Accreditation

We provided a submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) consultation on the Consumer Data Right sponsored accreditation - information security self assessment and attestation on 8 November 2021.
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Representative Activities

Over the past month, we have been attending the following webinars, meetings and roundtables:
  • Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) on Digital Identity Charging Framework
  • Sessions on linking Director ID
  • Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) Stakeholder Roundtable
  • A-NZ Peppol All Stakeholders Working Group Meeting 
  • FWC MAPD API Monthly Catch Up
  • PM&C and Treasury meeting
SSAM Review 2021 Report

Happy Holidays - DSPANZ Closure

The DSPANZ Board and Staff wish you all a safe and joyful holiday season and our best wishes for the new year.

PLEASE NOTE: DSPANZ will be closed during this period from 24 December until 7 January 2022 (inclusive). Until then, please continue to engage with DSPANZ on social media and participate on the Forum.

Industry News 

Director IDs

If you are a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander corporation, you need to apply for a director identification number (director ID) through the Australian Business Registry Services website. Learn more and apply here.

Digital Cashflow Coaching Kit

The ATO, in collaboration with small business, tax professionals and industry associations, has developed a digital cash flow coaching kit. The kit is an educational web app designed as a coaching resource to be delivered by tax professionals and business advisors to help their small business clients effectively manage their cash flow, remain viable and meet their financial obligations. 

There is no ATO branding on the kit and it is freely available in the 

open source code environment

for DSPs, third parties and others to access. More information can be found on the 

ATO’s software developer website here

and the 

cash flow coaching kit website here.

ATO Christmas Closure
The ATO will close their offices at midday Friday 24 December 2021 and reopen Tuesday 4 January 2022. Information on system availability and support during this time can be found through Online Services for DSPs.

Until next time,
The team at DSPANZ.

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