ABSIA provided an ELS2SBR submission to the ATO based on industry feedback and concern seeking:
- Commitment to review and improve the current SBR test environment;
- Commitment to improve the release schedule and delivery of MIGs and actual services and;
- An extension of the ELS specification and its associated gateways for 2016 and 2017.
Enabling both systems to aptly run in parallel, manage risk levels and allow for a more seamless transition to the SBR environment.
The ATO conducted a Round Table Discussion in Melbourne with ABSIA, the developers investing in the ELS and SBR program and key ATO project staff. They advised in summary, that the ATO is:
- Committed to improving the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the External Vendor Testing Environment (EVTE);
- Committed to improve the service and delivery of essential elements to the program and noted some generic improvement opportunities that they will jointly support and;
- Committed to being improved to avoid market failure for tax time 2016 and intend to continue to drive the necessary channel shift to support the Government's digital agenda.