Important notice about the Australian Reporting Dictionary
We are looking to retire the Australian Reporting Dictionary (ARD) due to lower-than-anticipated usage. However, before doing so, we would like to understand the impact on our users. If you use this service please email SBRServiceDesk@ato.gov.au by 17 November 2017 and include in your email these details:
Welcome to the Australian Reporting Dictionary
The Australian Reporting Dictionary (ARD) allows users to search across a plain English view of the Standard Business Reporting Australia (SBR AU) Taxonomy. The Dictionary was co-designed to satisfy the search needs of a wide range of users, including policy designers, legislative drafters, software developers, systems integrators, business and reporting professionals.
You can start searching using the search bar above - or go to Help for more detailed guidance and instructions.
The structure of SBR AU Taxonomy
The SBR AU Taxonomy is a collection of Definitions and Reports used to fulfil reporting obligations by Australian businesses to government agencies via SBR enabled software.
Definition: A single dictionary term or data element.
Each individual piece of information or data contained in a Report is called a Definition. On a paper form these would be the ‘fields’ required to be filled out, for example. name, address, tax file number.
When not used in a Report, Definitions have a basic set of constraining, standard requirements. Standard Definitions reduce the need for government agencies to create new Definitions for their Reports.
A single Definition can be used across any number of Reports. The context varies according to the government agency requiring the information.
Report: The full set of data needed to fulfil a particular reporting obligation for government.
This data includes a grouping of Definitions used in the context of a report, for example. ATO Activity Statement.
What is Standard Business Reporting (SBR)?
SBR is an initiative focused on reducing the reporting burden on business. The initial focus is on financial reporting from business to government. Australian businesses use SBR-enabled software to prepare and lodge key government forms directly from their software to government agencies participating in the SBR program.
To find out more about the SBR program see www.sbr.gov.au.
Please send your feedback, including system issues to SBRServiceDesk@sbr.gov.au.