The purpose of the Australian Business Register (ABR) Board is to provide advice and support to the Registrar of the ABR.
This includes advice on advancing the ABR as the source of registered business information for government and businesses operating in Australia, and on the priority and timing of expansion of Standard Business Reporting (SBR) services. This assists in:
- reducing compliance costs for the community in dealing with government
- facilitating the delivery of effective services by government to the business sector, in an efficient and sustainable manner
- delivering the objectives of the A New Tax System (Australian Business Number) Act 1999.
In advising the Registrar, the ABR Board will:
- provide broad strategic oversight and inform the priorities for the ABR and SBR work program
- provide broad strategic oversight and inform the priorities for authentication tools used in the delivery of ABR-related services.
Key outcomes of the Board will be reflected in plans for ABR and SBR work programs, communications to the Minister and agencies via the Registrar, and corporate reporting as directed by the Government.
The Board is expected to meet at least twice a year. No sitting fees or related payments will be made to members of the Board.
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Roles and Responsibilities
The Chair of the ABR Board shall be the Registrar of the ABR or their nominated delegate. A secretariat provided by the Australian Business Register shall assist the Chair in fulfilling their responsibilities.
The Chair’s responsibilities include:
- deciding on membership, including terms, and formally inviting members
- calling meetings and setting the agenda
- leading meetings
- maintaining relationships with key stakeholders
- ensuring outcomes agreed by the Board are properly recorded, communicated and implemented
- ensuring that the Board’s operations, including its Charter, are reviewed as appropriate.
Membership shall be determined by the Chair, guided by the following:
- a senior representative from each of the following Commonwealth agencies
- Australian Business Register
- Australian Taxation Office
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Australian Securities and Investments Commission
- Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
- Digital Transformation Agency
- Department of the Treasury
- Department of Finance
- Department of Industry
- three representatives from the States and Territories, drawn from:
- State and Territory Treasuries
- State and Territory Revenue Offices
- State and Territory agencies with responsibility for Small Business
- one representative from the local government sector
- four members from the business sector, including digital service providers and business intermediaries.
During 2019, the ABR Board will likely meet in Canberra on:
- Thursday 21 March
- Thursday 19 September.
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- Key highlights from recent meetings of the ABR Board.