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  • Modernising Business Registers Business Advisory Group key messages 31 January 2020

    Program Update

    Martin Jacobs provided an update, noting that:

    • the funding announcement highlighted the MBR program as a signature initiative of the deregulation agenda
    • the relevant legislation had been reintroduced to Parliament
    • work continued on program design and implementation.

    Joanna Curtis provided an update on the legislative agenda, which is being led by Treasury, and advised that:

    • the next consultation would be an ‘approach to disclosure’ framework document similar to the data standards paper presented to the BAG last year
    • following the passage of legislation, engagement with stakeholders on the individual disclosure framework(s) and data standard(s) would be undertaken via a formal consultation process in relation to Director Identification, following agreement by the Minister
    • timing for public consultation of legislative instruments is usually four weeks. The MBR program will hold a BAG meeting during this timeframe to provide an opportunity for discussion.

    BAG members considered early availability of the legislative instruments would promote transparency and enhance community trust in the MBR program, and highlighted the importance of the details in the Data Standards and Disclosure Frameworks to contribute to the legal framework. They requested to be invited to provide input into briefings to the Minister before the instruments are approved by the Minister.

    Director Identification: Prototype and co-design walk through

    Tammy Gardner provided members an overview of the proposed design for applying for Director Identification, developed via consultation with some stakeholders and end-users, Directors over the previous 18 months.

    Doug Wickham demonstrated the prototype for the Director Identification application process using different scenarios, where users had existing myGovIDs but had or had not previously visited ATO systems such as, Relationship Authorisation Manager, ABR, Business Portal or Online Service for Agents. The process will integrate data elements of myGovID and ATO for the identity credential, strengthening integrity. It is intended that the Director Identification process would look familiar to users already using other ATO digital services. It is also intended that users would be provided with a dashboard to perform a range of tasks, including registering a business name, updating contact information, and applying for an ABN.

    Further enhancements being explored include improved ways to deal with system and error messages, eligibility provisions for example, banned/disqualified directors, and the use of a non-digital channel. Stakeholders will be asked to participate in showcases, private and public beta testing. BAG members were encouraged to nominate end users to participate in the further co-design.

    Engagement

    Lainie Alexander provided an overview of the engagement approach including timeline, which would be consistent with engagement in respect of other ATO programs. The MBR engagement model comprises strategic groups for example, the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council, operational groups involved in co-design, and technical working groups. Under this model, the BAG would be an operational group.

    Members were provided with a timeline for the period through June 2020, incorporating discovery and awareness, with a focus on engaging with Digital Service Providers. It was agreed that Frequently Asked Questions and talking notes for use by members would be provided.

    MBR BAG Terms of Reference

    Members were provided with revised draft Terms of Reference which clarified the role of the BAG as one of facilitating co-design and effective communication with stakeholders. The ATO would work on providing a central on-line repository of program information for members to access. It was agreed that the engagement model and group information slides, as presented in Agenda item 4, would be included in the BAG Terms of Reference.

    Other Business

    It was noted that proposed future meeting dates of the BAG had been included in the engagement timeline. Placeholder invitations will be sent in respect of these.

    Meeting dates for the Design Working Group are yet to be confirmed.

    Action item update

    Action item details listed below.

    Action item

    BAG-15

    Due date

    Next meeting

    Responsibility

    MBR Program Management Office

    Action item details

    Provide a legislation roadmap outlining all required instruments and processes

     

    Action item

    BAG-16

    Due date

    Next meeting

    Responsibility

    MBR Engagement

    Action item details

    Provide FAQs and talking notes to be used by members with their organisation and clients

     

    Action item

    BAG-17

    Due date

    Next meeting

    Responsibility

    MBR Engagement

    Action item details

    Include a written Program Update as a standing item at BAG meetings

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