Standard business reporting

The Standard Business Reporting Program (SBR) is a government program administered by the Treasury, designed to reduce the reporting burden for business. Both commonwealth and state government agencies are participating in the program.

SBR offers a quicker and easier way for businesses to complete their government reporting requirements, freeing up valuable time for other business activities. SBR is simplifying business-to-government reporting by:

  • removing unnecessary or duplicated information from government forms

  • using business software to automatically pre-fill forms

  • adopting a single reporting language, based on international standards and best practice

  • making financial reporting a by-product of natural business processes

  • providing an electronic interface to agencies directly from business software, similar to an electronic postal system, which will also provide validation and confirm receipt of reports

  • providing a single secure online sign-on, AUSkey, for users to report electronically to all of the agencies involved.

You can lodge the following forms with us (via SBR) through your financial, accounting or payroll software if it is SBR-enabled:

  • 388 - Copy of financial reports

  • 405 - Statement to verify financial reports of a foreign company

  • 406 - Annual return of a foreign company

  • FS70 - Profit and Loss statement and Balance Sheet

  • 7051 - Notification of Half Yearly reports

Financial reports are attached with the above forms (PDF format financial reports are mandatory and financial reports in XBRL are an optional addition to PDF lodgement). From 1 May 2015, companies can lodge financial reports in inline XBRL (iXBRL) format with ASIC

Is your software SBR-enabled?

Since 1 July 2010, Digital Service Providers (DSPs) have been progressively SBR-enabling their products

DSPs have the choice of SBR-enabling any or all of the forms in scope for SBR.

If you would like to lodge any of the ASIC forms listed above through your software, you will need to check with your DSP that it is SBR-enabled for that particular form.

Will it cost me anything to use SBR?

SBR is accessed only from your accounting, financial or payroll software, and the government has not charged any party for the use of the SBR facilities.

What do you need to do before you lodge?

You will need an AUSkey to lodge forms with us through your SBR-enabled software.

AUSkey is a single key for accessing government online services. It is common to all the government agencies participating in SBR-enabled reporting and over time will allow you to login to a range of other business to government websites.

To ensure you are set up and ready to start SBR enabling reporting, we recommend registering for an AUSkey and installing it prior to using your SBR-enabled software to report to us.

Where do I register?

You can visit Auskey to:

  • Register for an AUSkey

  • Learn more about AUSkey

  • Find out which other government agencies accept AUSkey

Linking your AUSkey to ASIC

Some entities may be required to link their AUSkeys to ASIC by providing their ABN to ASIC.

How to link your AUSkey to ASIC

Financial reports in XBRL or iXBRL format

The financial reports that are required as attachments to all ASIC SBR forms can be lodged in two formats: in PDF format and also in XBRL or iXBRL format.

The PDF and/or paper financial reports are mandatory; the XBRL format is readable only by specific software and is an optional addition to the PDF or paper lodgement. Both formats are stored in DocImage as part of the lodgement and both are retrieved as part of a Document search.  

What are XBRL and iXBRL?

XBRL stands for eXtensible Business Reporting Language. It has been developed by the global accounting community for financial reporting. SBR is using XBRL as the single language for accounting systems to communicate electronically with government.

XBRL is used to map meaning to financial and accounting information to allow the pre-filling of less complex reports to government, and to simplify aggregation of financial data that can be assembled as the basis of complex financial reports. XBRL lodgements will provide tagged financial report data that can provide quicker and more accurate comparisons of company financial performance to guide investors.

iXBRL is a technology that allows XBRL tags to be embedded into human-readable documents such as XHTML.  iXBRL lodgements provide tagged data for analysis and can also be rendered for human-readability using popular web browsers.

For more information on XBRL go to the learning modules at

XBRL Reader Software

To analyse financial reports in XBRL or iXBRL format you will need to use XBRL or iXBRL reader software.

XBRL reader software can be obtained from many various providers. A list of these providers, type of software (including freeware) can be found by inputting 'xbrl reader' into your preferred search engine.

How to obtain a copy of a form that has XBRL data attached

If financial reports lodged via SBR contain optional XBRL or iXBRL financial reports, you will be able to locate a copy of the XBRL data file using ASIC's current search facilities (see ASIC Connect). XBRL data will be provided when an application for copies of documents (Document search) is made with ASIC or an information broker and the delivery option of email or web is selected.

You will be able to see if a form has an XBRL data file attached when you conduct a search of our Organisation & Business Names. Documents that have an XBRL data file attached will have the logo displayed against the document.

Financial reporting taxonomy development

ASIC is the business owner of the financial reporting taxonomy within SBR.

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More information about Standard Business Reporting (SBR) Visit for more information about:

  • the SBR program

  • SBR-enabled software

  • other government agencies that are participating in SBR

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Last updated: 20/10/2014 12:00