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Prepare for APRA Connect

Last updated: 4 June 2021

Entity readiness is essential to the successful implementation of APRA Connect and each entity is responsible for managing its own readiness.

test environment is planned to be available from 17 June 2021 and will be a permanent feature for entities to become familiar with the interface and functionality of APRA Connect  and trial submission of entity information and data.

Preparing to access the test environment

Entities should understand:

  • What is changing and what is not changing as a result of APRA Connect
  • Any potential impacts to entity submission processes, and the need to commence planning ahead of the transition
  • The process for authorising users with myGovID and RAM to act on behalf of their business.  

Entities are expected to:

  • Plan and allocate resources to facilitate the transition to the new solution (if required)
  • Ensure users have myGovID and are authorised in RAM for each entity they are reporting for i.e. each ABN
  • Nominate a first user to access the test environment via the D2A form: RRA : APRA Connect test nomination
  • Review the guidance material provided by APRA to build knowledge (to be published prior to external test go live)
  • Access taxonomy artefacts to assist in the preparation of data 
  • Read the supporting material to build knowledge of the test environment

From 17 June, Entities are expected to:

  • Log into the test environment using myGovID authentication 
  • Assign and manage user roles and permissions
  • Become familiar with the functionality of APRA Connect 
  • Leverage guidance materials to assist users
  • Practice data preparation and submission 
  • Contact APRA Service Desk for any technical issues at For urgent issues call +61 2 9210 3400 between 9am and 5pm AEST weekdays.

Nominating a Regulatory Reporting Administrator for APRA Connect

Each organisation is responsible for the management of their APRA Connect users, and for ensuring roles are assigned in line with their own governance processes.

Each ABN must have at least one person assigned to the Regulatory Reporting Administrator role, which is the only role with permissions to manage user access. 

Each ABN is required to nominate a Regulatory Reporting Administrator via the D2A form: RRA : APRA Connect test nomination.

APRA Administrators will assist by assigning the initial Regulatory Reporting Administrator with their permissions upon their first interaction with APRA Connect. To enable entities to access the external test environment in June APRA requires a Regulatory Reporting Administrator to be nominated for each ABN.

What this means for entities generally

All entities should be preparing for the September 2021 commencement of APRA Connect to report entity information such as entity profile, contact details, responsible persons, related parties and be able to submit ad hoc supporting information to APRA.

The commencement date of data reporting through APRA Connect will vary for each industry.  As APRA replaces existing collections with new collections, they will be introduced on APRA Connect. 

Direct to APRA (D2A) will continue to be used for most existing collections and no historical regulatory data will be migrated to APRA Connect. 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.

APRA Connect will enforce data format rules and validations differently from D2A so entities will need to ensure that submissions comply with relevant reporting standards and associated taxonomies. 

Form 701 Data on intermediated business with APRA authorised general insurers, Lloyd’s underwriters and unauthorised foreign insurers, (which is submitted by Australian Financial Services Licence holders who are authorised to conduct GI intermediary brokering business) will be moved to APRA Connect with the first submission due in APRA Connect from January 2022. Lodgement by email, fax or mail will no longer be accepted once APRA Connect goes live which means that some entities who currently don’t use D2A will need to start using APRA Connect.

What this means for industries

The following information is provided to help entities understand industry-specific differences from the general implementation approach.

Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs)

In addition to what this means for entities generally:

  • ADIs will be required to maintain all Banking Executive Accountability Regime information (including for example, accountability statement and maps) in APRA Connect from September 2021.
  • APRA continues to consult on revisions to the capital framework for ADIs, and as the related collections are replaced, they will be introduced in APRA Connect. ARS 220 Credit Quality and ARS 115 Operational Risk are expected to go live in APRA Connect in March 2022.


In addition to what this means for entities generally:

  • APRA has consulted with the industry about APRA’s Superannuation Data Transformation and new collections will be introduced in APRA Connect, with the first new collection on APRA Connect in 2021.
  • Entities should refer to taxonomy artefacts to support the preparation of data.
  • ​​​In response to industry feedback a pilot was conducted in the external test environment for a small number of Superannuation entities to allow early testing of the system and guidance materials prior to rollout to all entities in June.


In addition to what this means for entities generally:

  • APRA is consulting with the industry about the new accounting standard - AASB 17 Insurance contracts. This new collection will be introduced in APRA Connect, but will not start on APRA Connect in 2021.
  • The first data collection to be introduced to APRA Connect after the September 2021 go live date will be the Private Health Insurance (PHI) Reform (HRS 605.0).
  • Entities should be familiar with the test environment which APRA intends to use to support engagement with industry on the design of future data collections.


What this means for RegTechs

RegTechs are an important part of the regulatory reporting ecosystem. APRA has and will continue to work with RegTechs as they support the needs of reporting entities. The test environment is an important part of the testing and development processes and access to the test environment will be made available to RegTechs on an ongoing basis.

RegTechs will be required to request access to APRA Connect test environment and complete a Deed for access. 

See more information about RegTech access to APRA Connect test.


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