Aus govt's SBR program moves to open standards

After three years of using a propitiatory format for its Standard Business Reporting initiative, the Australian Taxation Office is moving to an open standard.

Now three years into its Standard Business Reporting (SBR) initiative, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has decided to make the move to international eCommerce standards for how it exchanges data between the government and businesses.

The initiative currently uses a proprietary interface to assist in the transfer of data, but this will soon be replaced by the open-standard ebMS 3.0/AS4 profile. It is expected that moving to an open standard will make it easier for developers to create more SBR-enabled software.

"In talking to the developer community, the very clear message has been that they want to see the same standards used in both the business-to-government and business-to-business spaces," Australian Business Register (ABR) deputy registrar Mark Jackson said in a statement.

Jackson also said that the European Union has been watching ebMS 3.0 with growing interest, and that supporting it would also allow local businesses to potentially tailor its products to these overseas markets.

SBR is currently being expanded by the Australian government, with the ATO scheduled to use it to rationalise its online reporting channels by 2015.


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