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Conference - 23 March 2017 

ABSIA Conference Agenda Thursday 23rd March 2017

Doltone House, Darling Harbour, Sydney


Opening Remarks by Chair

Simon Foster
Director and Treasurer ABSIA


President’s Address

ABSIA’s vision and focus for 2017

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Karen Lay-Brew


9:15am - 9:45am

ICT-Procurement Consultation and Recommendations-in-progress


Luke Yeaman / Faye Liu

First / Assistant Secretary

Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) Department


9:45amm - 10:15am

Digital Marketplace

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Catherine Thompson,

Head of Digital Marketplace, Digital Transformation Agency (DTA)


10:15am - 10:45am




10:45am-  11:15am

Keynote address: Future of Work is Changing

Insights from the ADP Research Institute and ADP's sponsored research with MIT on AI. What are workers looking for and how will AI help to find meaning and freedom from our work.

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MIT Slides

Susan Heron
ADP Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand


11:15am - 12:00pm

Panel – ICT Procurement 

How can the software and service providers work with the new ICT-Procurement? 

How will the ICT-Procurement work in different Government agencies?

Susan Heron, ADP
First /Assistant Secretary, ICT-Procurement

Catherine Thompson, Digital Marketplace

Adam Pase
Assistant Commissioner Strategic Procurements & Contracts

Joe Attanasio,
ex-CIO Commonwealth and NSW State


12:00pm – 12:30pm

ATO System Outages: Learnings, Challenges and Future Plans

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Ramez Katf
Chief Information Officer of Australian Taxation Office

  12:30pm -   1:30pm




1:30pm - 1:55pm

Whole-of-Government Landscape,  Priorities and Digital Agenda

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John Dardo
Incoming Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Commissioner


1:55pm - 2:15pm

ATO Services: Amazon Web Services, Single Touch Payroll, Practitioners Lodgement Service, Superstream

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Chris Thorne
Assistant Commissioner eCommerce Service Delivery, EST


2:15pm - 2:30pm

WGEA reporting: future directions and opportunities for collaboration

Julienne Clifford
Operations Executive Manager, Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)


2:30pm - 3:00pm

SBR Evolution and eInvoicing: the Broader Context

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John McAlister
Assistant Commissioner, Australian Business Register


3:00pm - 3:30pm




3:30pm - 3:50pm

The Policy perspective: Move to Cloud, Simplified BAS and Single Touch Payroll, Requirements of a Registered Agent

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Ian Taylor
Chair, Tax Practitioners Board

3:50pm - 4:20pm

Single Touch Payroll: What business expects from Software Developers

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Matthew Addison

Panel participants:

Josef Bobinac
ABSIA Director

ATO - Michael Karavas, Lainie Alexander, Mick Ferris (TBC)


4:20pm - 5:00pm

Panel – Engaging with Partners


Overcoming challenges in consultation, communication and engaging between government, industry, partners and clients.

Ian Taylor
Chair Tax Practitioners Board

Matthew Addison
Exec Director Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

Tim Roach
Assistant Commissioner Tax Practitioner and Partner Relations

Ramez Katf
CIO Australian Taxation Office

John Shepherd
Assistant Commissioner, Superannuation, Single Touch Payroll and Superstream 



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