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Forum - 2 March 2016, Melbourne

Session One:



10:00 – 10:10


Welcome & Opening Remarks - Karen Lay-Brew ABSIA


10:10 – 10:40

CEO Session – Sarah Adam-Gedge Managing Director Avanade Australia

Digital disruption to Australian business and government. MD Sarah Adam-Gedge expresses her view on the direction of the industry due to advancements in technology and government policies.


10:40 – 11:20

Fostering and enabling gender equality in the information technology sector (panel discussion)

Sarah Adam-Gedge – Avanade, Dominique Fisher – CareerLounge, Jenny Barbour – IT& Project recruitment, Helana Scheepers - Swinburne University


11:20 – 11:40

Morning Tea


Session Two:



Practical examples of gender equality for information technology resourcing

Dominique Fisher from CareerLounge will be sharing her experience at tapping into and developing Australia’s female information technology resources.

12:10 – 12:25

New Payment Platform (NPP) – David Field ABSIA president

What does it mean for Australian business management software and Australian businesses? How will ABSIA be representing its members?


12:25 – 12:40

Cloud Software Authentication and Authorisation  – Chris Thorne Australian Taxation Office

Changes need to be made by 31st March 2016 are you and your clients prepared?

12:40 – 1:20

e-Invoicing - Australian Digital Business Council – Peter Strong - COSBOA

Australian Digital Business Council has been formed and e-Invoicing is the first priority project

1:20 – 2:05



Session Three:


2:05 – 2:35

e-Invoicing - Industry Professional’s Round Table Discussion

Industry alignment is key to making this a success. Are the businesses ready to step up and collaborate toward a common approach?

Peter Strong – COSBOA,  Mark Jackson  - Australian Business Register,  Jarad Evans – TechnologyOne, Tim Wright - Xero


2:35 – 2:45

ABSIA Product register – Geoff Schaller ABSIA

Extend your company's reach with the support of ABSIA behind you. Geoff will share the high level design overview of the Product Register.

2:45– 3:05

ABR Program & SBR: Whole of Government – John McAlister Australian Taxation Office

ABR and SBR Boards and Advisory forums reconstituted.  The transformation is already expanding to federal and state levels.


3:05 – 3:20

Australian Bureau of Statistics – Mike Booth Australian Bureau of Statistics

ABS is another agency adopting SBR. They are piloting now. Mike will be introducing the reports and technologies to be trialled.


3:20– 3:40

Afternoon Tea


Session Four:


3:40 – 3:50

ELS2SBR a theme of same challenges – Mike Behling ABSIA

ATO delivery of practitioner lodgement services is progressing, and what you may learn from the early pioneers.


3:50 – 4:10

ATO delivery of SBR services – Chris Thorne Australian Taxation Office

ATO and ABR web services are continuing to be rolled out. Chris will be updating you on the adoption experience and what to expect for 2016 / 2017.


4:10 – 4:40

Single touch payroll – Mary Arrowsmith Australian Taxation Office

Single Touch Payroll changes. Overview of ATO implementation and support activities. Are you prepared?

4:40 – 4:55

STP and Payroll special interest group – Deanne Windsor ABSIA

The problems the agencies face and how we are going to improve payroll.


4:55 – 5:00

Closing Remarks – Karen Lay-Brew ABSIA



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