Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council

The purpose of the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council (formally the ABR Board) is to:

  • play a key role in influencing the strategic direction, risks, and priorities in the delivery of the Registrar’s 2024 vision
  • advocate and support the Registrar’s role in unlocking the economic and social value for the Australian community
  • support a fairer business environment for the community, businesses and government through the registry services and digital standards.

The Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council makes a difference by:

  • supporting the Registrar, as the custodian of a valuable national data set of business information
  • building confidence within the community through the collaborative nature of the Council
  • operating in an environment of trust, empowerment and innovation
  • improving client experience by creating a fairer system and making it easier for the right clients to get an ABN and retain it and harder for those who aren’t entitled to get one
  • advocating on behalf of the Registrar, building trust within your sphere of influence and maintaining confidence in the Australian Business Register.

The Council is expected to meet three times in 2020. No sitting fees or related payments will be made to members of the Council.

Roles and responsibilities

The Commissioner of Taxation is the Registrar of the Australian Business Register.

The Registrar is the Chair of the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council and is supported by the Deputy Registrar of the Australian Business Register.

The Chair’s role is to ensure the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council operates effectively and meets its purpose by:

  • drawing on the expertise of members and seeking feedback from stakeholders
  • raising risks and potential issues
  • providing guidance to ensure the registry remains trusted and a relevant data provider.

Members

Members are expected to:

  • provide frank advice and feedback to the Registrar based on diverse views and experiences to help build a connected strategy that will  deliver on community and business needs
  • provide input and participate on ways to deliver the Registrar’s 2024 Vision
  • advocate on behalf of the Registrar and support the ATO’s role
  • support and drive outcomes from the Council’s activities
  • advise the Secretariat if they are unable to attend a meeting and nominate someone to attend on their behalf.

Secretariat

Responsibilities of the secretariat are to:

  • ensure the Council’s operations are effectively managed
  • support the Chair and members to enable their effective participation
  • manage administrative matters, including arranging meetings and distributing agendas, taking and circulating key messages, and recording action items.

Membership

Membership reflects the broader community and includes representatives from business, professional associations and all levels of government.

Membership:

  • is at the discretion of the Chair
  • will be influenced by the roadmap which is in place to support the implementation of the Registrar’s 2024 Vision
  • will be reviewed after two years, and members may be reappointed.
Council membership details are listed below:
Organisation Members
Australian Taxation Office Chris Jordan (Chair), Registrar of the Australian Business Register
Australian Taxation Office Michelle Crosby, Deputy Registrar of the Australian Business Register
Australian Taxation Office Martin Jacobs, Assistant Commissioner, Commonwealth Business Registry Service
Australian Taxation Office Deborah Jenkins, Deputy Commissioner, Small Business
Australian Bureau of Statistics John Shepherd, General Manager, Industry Statistics Division
Australian Business Software Industry Association Karen Lay-Brew, Director & Head of Government Partnerships
Australian Local Government Association Adrian Beresford-Wylie, Chief Executive
Australian Security and Investment Commission John Price, Commissioner
Council Of Small Business Organisations Australia Peter Strong, CEO
Department of Finance Dr Stein Helgeby, Deputy Secretary
Department of Industry, Innovation & Science Elizabeth Kelly, Deputy Secretary
Digital Transformation Agency Peter Alexander, Chief Digital Officer
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Matthew Addison, Executive Director
NSW Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs, Commissioner
Office of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, Ombudsman
Office of Small Business, Queensland Tony King, Executive Director
Restaurant and Catering Australia John Hart, Chief Executive Officer
Small Business Victoria Barbara Cullen, Director
Treasury Christine Barron, Division Head, Consumer & Corporations Policy Division
Australian Taxation Office Ella Fenech (Secretariat), Governance and Committees

Meeting dates

During 2020, the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council will meet in Canberra on:

  • Thursday 19 March
  • Thursday 4 June
  • Tuesday 22 September.
    • Terms of reference
    • The terms of reference outlines how the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council will play a role in achieving the delivery of the Registrar’s 2024 Vision.
    • News from the Council
    • Key highlights from recent meetings of the Business Registry Strategic Advisory Council (formerly the ABR Board).
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30 Jan 2020
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