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ABS Directions in Digitising Business Reporting

Live Webinar on Tuesday 12 October 2021 - 11.00am - 11.40pm (AEDT)

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In this session, John Shepherd will talk about a range of projects that the ABS is undertaking to modernise the way businesses provide their data to the ABS. This included progress on the current co-design work with large businesses to make it easier and cheaper for them to provide their information. John will also talk about the recent project undertaken with DSPs to simplify small business reporting through use of their accounting software and provide them with valuable data back. John will also discuss other emerging big data opportunities that the ABS is working on, including the opportunities from STP Phase 2 and e-invoicing.

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About the Speaker

John Shepherd is the General Manager leading the Industry Statistics Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In this role, John has responsibility for most of the business statistics produced by the ABS and is focused on ways to make this information timelier and more relevant while reducing the burden of business surveys. John is committed to working with Digital Service Providers and business advisers on the best way to do this. John previously held a number of senior roles at the ATO where he led significant digital transformation programs including Single Touch Payroll (STP). 

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