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  • ABR performance

    We commenced implementation of the Towards a Better Business Future initiative in July 2012, through:

    • developing a review and assurance process, which resulted in over one million reviews of ABN holders
    • expanding the range of information available to eligible government agencies, for example, business locations (branches) and geocoded addresses (latitude and longitude)
    • an ongoing process to undertake ABN eligibility checks and confirmation of business contact details
    • expanding data and implementing geocoding software
    • developing an analysis tool to extract data stored in the ABR
    • modernising the ABR and AUSkey website and improving the user experience.

    Active ABNs in 2012–13

    Active ABNs in 2012–13

    In November 2012, we delivered the functionality to register a business name in conjunction with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) directly from the ABR online registration screen. This was the second step of a two-phase project to support the introduction of the ASIC Business names registration system (a Council of Australian Governments initiative).

    Table 2.21 Total ABN registrations, 2011–12 to 2012–13
      2011–12
    No.
    2012–13
    No.
    Change
    %

    Individuals

    332,674

    368,110

    10.7

    Companies

    117,780

    126,635

    7.5

    Trusts

    59,025

    61,086

    3.5

    Superannuation funds

    40,698

    41,618

    2.3

    Partnerships

    37,015

    39,149

    5.8

    Government

    141

    82

    –41.8

    TOTAL

    587,333

    636,680

    8.4

    We identified approximately 354,000 entities no longer entitled to be registered and cancelled their ABNs. We also cancelled the registrations of around 131,000 entities that advised us they had ceased running a business.

    Table 2.22 Registrar-initiated ABN cancellations, 2011–12 to 2012–13
      2011–12
    No.
    2012–13
    No.
    Change
    %

    Individuals

    97,721

    304,573

    211.7

    Companies

    28

    49,038

    175,035.7

    Superannuation funds

    354

    277

    –21.8

    Partnerships

    14

    139

    892.9

    Trusts

    1,346

    53

    –96.1

    Government

    TOTAL

    99,463

    354,080

    256.0

    We are developing a new online data-extraction tool to make accessing and analysing ABR data easier. The tool will assist partner agencies to plan and better target a range of activities, including infrastructure, service delivery, policy development and program integrity. It is scheduled for release during 2013–14. While the partner agency satisfaction ratings have remained high, we have seen a 5.9% drop in satisfaction of data delivery services. Feedback indicates that concerns relate to difficulties experienced by partner agencies in using the ABR query tool, rather than the actual delivery of the data. The new online data tool should improve these services.

    Table 2.23 Government agencies accessing ABR data, 2011–12 to 2012–13
      2011–12
    No.
    2012–13
    No.
    Change
    %

    Local

    213

    256

    20.2

    State and territory

    128

    125

    –2.3

    Federal

    46

    42

    –8.7

    TOTAL

    387

    423

    9.3

    We experienced an increase in the number of data extracts provided during the year, largely attributed to the increase in the number of agencies using the data. The process of transitioning agencies to new terms and conditions arrangements has also stimulated renewed interest in the data.

    Table 2.24 Bulk data extracts issued, 2011–12 to 2012–13
      2011–12
    No.
    2012–13
    No.
    Change
    %

    Bulk data extracts (data disk)

    450

    561

    24.7

    Bulk data extracts (bulk data exchange)

    788

    1,313

    66.6

    TOTAL

    1,238

    1,874

    51.4

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