ABS: Digitalisation of Government Services

A talk by Erin Adams, Cate Kemp, Paul Meissner and John Shepherd
Xero, Small Business Financial Ops, From The Trenches and Australian Bureau of Statistics

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Understanding what's happening in the small business sector and regional areas of Australia is critical for understanding how the economy is performing, especially when turning points and prolonged disruptions to business are occurring. While the ABS has long been the mainstay in sourcing this information for government and the community, its time to find better ways for tracking economic conditions for small business and generating new insights. In today's world, ABS still largely relies on surveys which are often time consuming, inconvenient and confusing for time poor small business owners and their advisers. Determined to change this, the ABS has recently completed a project looking at the viability of businesses uploading data directly from their accounting software, with the potential for significant time savings, a much simpler user experience and the ability to give back valuable data to participating businesses. Like Single Touch Payroll before it, this initiative looks to leverage natural business processes to enable business to meet government reporting obligations and generate greater value from the data provided. The accounting software project has seen a strong collaboration between Digital Service Providers, Bookkeepers and the ABS. Our panel will share their perspectives on how this proposed change will work, what the benefits will be and possible timing .

John Shepherd

Experienced leader in the Australian Public Service with proven results leading large scale digital transformation including partnering with Digital Services Providers and the accountant, bookkeeper and payroll industry. John holds an accounting degree and a Masters of Taxation.

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