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ABSIA's second Biannual Conference for 2017 was held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, 11 October 2017, included a number of high profile speakers and detailed presentations by ABSIA SIG Convenors & Members.

Digital Transformation and Cyber Security: Securing Our Customers


Opening Remarks by Conference Chair

Matthew Prouse, Xero/ABSIA


President’s Address

ABSIA AGM, Highlights of the last year

Karen Lay-Brew, ABSIA


9:15am – 9:45am

Morning Session: Opening Address

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Hon. Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation

9:45am – 10:15am

 “Cloud Accounting as an exemplar of  the power of Digital Transformation”

Trent Innes, Managing Director, Xero Australia

10:15am – 11am

Ocean-side Chat - The challenges and benefits of enabling government digital transformation together with software developers.


John Dardo, CDO for Australian Taxation Office

Interviewed by Trent Innes, MD Xero Australia

11am – 11:30am


11:30am – 12:15pm

SIG PANEL 1 [Single Touch Payroll]

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Brett Reed, Managing Director, e-PayDay

Michael Karavas (ATO), Mick Ferris (ATO), Matthew Addison (ICB), Brett Reed (e-PayDay)

Moderator: Deanne Windsor, ABSIA/Pendragon Consultants

12:15pm – 12:30pm

SIG PANEL 2 [Practitioner Lodgement Service]

Mike Behling, ABSIA/MYOB

Andrew Watson, Assistant Commissioner, ATO

12:30pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 1:50pm

SIG PANEL 3 [eInvoicing]

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Matthew Addison, Vice-Chair, Digital Business Council and Executive Director, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

1:50pm – 2:20pm

NPP Australia – the opportunity for software developers

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Katrina Stuart, Executive Manager Engagement, NPP Australia

2:20pm – 2:50pm

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy

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Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security (via video)

Sandra Ragg, Head of Cyber Policy, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

2:50pm – 3:10pm How the Medical Software Industry addresses Data Protection and Cyber Security Emma Hossack, Chair of Strategy, iappANZ, President, Medical Software Industry Assoc

3:10pm – 3:40pm


3:40pm – 4:10pm

Securing Australia’s Digital Health Records

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Tony Kitzelmann, CISO, Australian Digital Health Agency

4:10pm – 4:25pm

Roles and responsibilities of the ATO CISO & Team.

Stuart Coulson, CISO, Australian Taxation Office

4:25pm - 4:50pm

PANEL: ATO's Operational Framework Update


Martin Mane, Australian Taxation Office

Stuart Coulson, CISO, Australian Taxation Office

Moderator: David Field, ABSIA

4:50pm – 5:20pm

PANEL: Working together to secure our customers information.

Tony Kitzelmann, CISO, Australian Digital Health Agency

Sandra Ragg, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Policy, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet

Stuart Coulson, CISO, Australian Taxation Office

Chris Howard, Director, Infrastructure & Operations, ADP Australia & NZ

TBC, Industry Rep

Moderator: David Field, ABSIA/Ozedi



5:30pm - 7:30pm

Drinks & Canapes

The Parlour (Level 1), State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Brisbane