APRA Connect information security and technical specifications
Last updated: 27 June 2022
APRA Connect information security
All information collected through APRA Connect is encrypted in transit and at rest in both the test and production environments. This applies to all interactions with and functions of APRA Connect including user authentication and access.
APRA Connect is hosted in APRA’s data centre in Australia and data provided by entities will remain within Australia.
Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment
APRA engaged with an independent party to conduct an Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment, to ensure compliance with the Australian Government Information Security Manual. This process ensured that APRA Connect’s security controls are appropriate and effective. Vulnerability assessment and penetration tests have also been conducted.
Security standards and guidance
APRA requires reporting entities to comply with the Prudential Standard CPS 234 Information Security, and take the necessary measures to be resilient against information security incidents. This includes protecting sensitive data in non-production environments. Entities are responsible for maintaining a secure environment when accessing the new solution from their own environment.
Draft data is stored in APRA’s database
Once return data is uploaded into APRA Connect, it is visible to APRA. This means that draft data uploaded, or data partially completed and saved in APRA Connect is accessible by APRA.
APRA Connect technical specifications
The following table outlines the technical specifications for APRA Connect.
APRA Connect does not depend on the operating system, provided the web browser is supported.
APRA Connect is compatible with major web browsers. The most recent three versions of each of these browsers are recommended:
1920 x 1080 pixels or higher
Adobe Acrobat DC
Version 7.0 or above
Accepted file submission formats
Manual entry, XML, XBRL, and Excel. The appropriate file formats will be defined for each new collection as part of the industry consultation process.
Accepted file formats for supporting document uploads
.xls, .xlsx, .csv, .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .jpeg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .tif, .gif, .zip
File size upload – for ad hoc
30 MB maximum
Production environment: https://connect.apra.gov.au
Test environment: https://connect-test.apra.gov.au
API technical specification
To be provided when this functionality is available
APRA Connect is integrated with the Australian Government's Digital Identity system:
All users need to use myGovID to establish their digital identity and be authorised by their organisation to access APRA services on its behalf using RAM.
Using APRA Connect
Refer to the APRA Connect support material which includes the Guide and frequently asked questions. Contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Log a support request with the Service Desk at email@example.com and ensure that you include the ABN of the entity the issue relates to.
For urgent issues call +61 2 9210 3400 between 9am and 5pm AEST weekdays.
Need help with myGovID or RAM?
Please refer to the Australian Government's published material to find out more about the Digital Identity system, myGovID and RAM.