About the ABR
The Australian Business Register (ABR) is a whole-of-government program that works collaboratively with all levels of government, commercial software providers, business and industry to support a consistent user experience across government digital services.
The ABR stores details about businesses and organisations when they register for an Australian business number (ABN). The type of information in the Register includes:
- entity type
- legal name
- business location and activity type
- Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)
- authorised contact details
- goods and services tax (GST) status.
The Register is recognised nationally as a valuable asset and is used by the community and government daily to identify and verify business information.
The service is used by the community to verify business details - for example when ordering and invoicing; importantly, the Australian Government uses demographic and geographic business information to plan for infrastructure and service delivery.
PSMA value-added reseller, Experian, selected to enhance ABR geographic data
Recognising the importance of location in maximising value from the information held on the ABR, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) went to market to help it improve the quality of the ABR’s geographic data.
Experian Federal Government Account Manager, Nick York, explains:
“The ABR required a tailored solution to build address validation into the online and internal service portals for all new registrations, as well as batch processing validation capabilities that returned the most accurate physical and postal address data possible.
“The solution was required to deliver the highest level of validation services available on the market due to the data sensitivity and also the level of public exposure that would be inherent given the use case.”
ABR’s Senior Director of Systems and Information Services, Mano Georgopoulos, said that Experian were selected as its position as a leading international enterprise with associated extensive resources, including PSMA data, meant it could not only propose a solution but aid in its implementation, support, backup and delivery.
G-NAF core to Experian’s solution for the ABR
To meet the ATO’s data quality objectives Experian developed and implemented an integrated solution that provided the most efficient means of returning a full and valid address, email and mobile contact data in real time.
Core to this solution was a single-line address validation service using PSMA’s flagship product, G-NAF as the reference address dataset. G-NAF is a knowledge base of over 13 million geocoded physical addresses, including official as well as associated in use address labels.
Using G-NAF as the reference dataset for the ABR address validation tool meant that Experian could enable the ATO to verify addresses at the point of capture and ensure that the information held by on the ABR was of the highest degree of accuracy.
Additionally, as G-NAF addresses also include a geocode, or latitude and longitude coordinates, ABR addresses could be mapped and linked with other data such as ABS statistical and demographic data for further interrogation and analysis.
As a result of this project, all the addresses associated with the 7+ million existing ABNs on the Register were verified and geocoded, and ABN registrations can now be processed as they are submitted online.