Updated: Jan 3
(Updated December 2020)
APRA is currently in the process of implementing the APRA Connect platform. In this article we cover the current state of the project and the key items entities should take into consideration when planning for their transition from D2A to APRA Connect.
More than 4,500 reporting entities currently submit data to APRA. Data collected by APRA under the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001 is used for prudential supervision, statistical publications and shared with partner agencies such as RBA, ABS and ATO. Once the new APRA reporting solution is fully implemented, all entities will submit data to APRA via APRA Connect, with D2A remaining in use for an extended transitional period.
What is APRA Connect and how is it different from D2A?
D2A (Direct to APRA) is APRA's current data collection solution. D2A is a desktop client application, meaning that each reporting entity needs to install the D2A solution on it's employees' desktop or laptop in order to be able to submit data to APRA.
APRA Connect is APRA's new web-based data collection solution. APRA has selected a data collection solution from Irish-based vendor Vizor after tendering and the platform is currently being customised to support APRA's specific requirements. Entities will be able to use APRA Connect from any work station with internet access.
APRA Connect will be the central point for data exchange between the regulated industry and APRA. As such, entities will no longer need to communicate with APRA over email to respond to post-submission questions, resubmissions or to provide additional documents or ad-hoc reports.
A test environment will be available for APRA Connect which will support APRA reporting software providers to test their solutions and allow for entities to test their submission process beforehand.
The new APRA submission solution is web-based and will therefor only support "copy-paste" of information one cell at a time. As such, APRA is encouraging the industry to improve their submission process by automating their APRA reporting submission through automated solutions that support XBRL/XML.
The new solution will enable APRA to collect more granular data sets over time.
D2A and APRA Connect will co-exist
APRA has informed the industry that D2A will continue to be used for an extended amount of time. In its latest update (December 2020) APRA noted that:
APRA Connect will go live at the end of September 2021 with a test environment available from June 2021.
Private Health Insurance (PHI) Reform (HRS 605.0) and Superannuation Data Transformation collections are the first regulatory data collections to be introduced in APRA Connect at the September 2021 go live.
The timing of regulatory data reporting commencing in APRA Connect will vary for each industry. APRA will progressively start new collections in APRA Connect in line with industry consultations.
Direct to APRA (D2A) will continue to be used for most existing collections. This means that dual reporting systems will be in place for the medium term and any resubmissions for D2A-submitted returns must be made through D2A.
Entities will need to ensure they continue to support D2A submissions during this transition period. Entities are encouraged to ensure that the submission solution they implement for APRA Connect also supports D2A.
What will remain the same in APRA Connect
The reporting obligations for entities remain unchanged, so there are no changes to the APRA reporting forms and taxonomies and the submission due dates. APRA Connect will use MyGovID for user authentication. In line with D2A, APRA Connect will support file uploads through XML and XBRL files.