Australian Government - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

To protect Australia's borders and foster lawful trade and travel.

standardised data set project - deliverables

Deliverable one - Standardised Data Set (SDS)

We will be developing an Australian SDS for the submission of import, export and transit data related to Australia's regulatory requirements for international trade.

The benchmark for the SDS is the World Customs Organisation (WCO) Data Model. This was chosen as it offers the long-term potential of international trade data harmonization due to its wide acceptance as the international standard for trade data among leading economies such as the G7 members. The opportunity for the international exchange of information, using the export data in one country as the import data in another country becomes a possibility.

There are many benefits in establishing an Australian SDS as it will:

  • Carry the same meaning across all participating agencies
  • Increase the confidence security agencies can have in the identification of risk
  • Open the way for a Single Window for industry to deal on line with government

Deliverable two - Single Window options paper

The second of the project's two deliverables is the Single Window business case weighing up the options for one "whole of government entrance" for the submission and handling of data related to international trade transactions.

The WCOs definition of a Single Window is:

"A facility that allows parties involved in trade and transport to lodge standardized information and documents with a single entry point to fulfil all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements."

A Single Window will provide the ability to lodge at a single point and also provide a single point of response from government. It also builds on the submit once/use many times principle with appropriate security in the system to ensure that only authorised users can access relevant information. Additionally this will provide the online transactional status from a number of government agencies. The ability for real time reporting may also be a feature in a Single Window model.

There are a number of options available for implementing a Single Window and the SDS project is not committed to any specific one. Currently a trader will separately contact most government agencies (Commonwealth and State) to provide very similar information many times and in many different ways. Those government agencies then pass elements of the information provided by traders to other agencies for a variety of reasons. This exchange of information is governed by the legislative requirements of each agency. Agencies have taken steps to minimise this situation and their work will be enhanced and expanded by this project.

A Single Window has benefits for both Government and industry including:

  • Benefits for Government:
    • An integrated and cohesive approach to supply chain security enabling the use of risk management techniques
    • More effective and efficient deployment of resources
    • Correct revenue yields
    • Improved trader compliance
  • Benefits for Industry:
    • Reduced cost of compliance
    • Faster clearance and release
    • Predictable application and explanation of rules
    • More effective and efficient deployment of resources

The options provided in the Business Case will identify options that are; viable, return value for money, meet Australia's need to facilitate international trade and are in concert with international initiatives. The SDS project cannot identify these options without a high degree of consultation and contribution by government agencies and industry.