Yesterday, on Thursday 16th June, the Australian Business Register (ABR) updated their website which meant the link that Microsoft Dynamics GP has been using to lookup Australian Business Numbers (ABN) no longer works. This morning, I had two support cases on this issue raised within about 30 minutes of each other.
Update: The Australian Business Register (ABR) team have added a URL redirection to allow the old URL to work. Microsoft will be looking to change the way the search is performed to use Web Services in a future release.
This functionality is enabled when Australian GST is selected in the Company Setup Options window and found is on the Company Setup, Creditor/Vendor Maintenance Options and Debtor/Customer Maintenance Options windows.
It is activated by clicking internet lookup button to the right of the Australian Business (ABN) Number/Tax Registration Number field. The ABN is formatted in the format of XX XXX XXX XXX (for example: 29 002 589 460 for Microsoft Pty Ltd)
The previous URL used was http://abr.business.gov.au/asp/abndetail.asp?ABN=%1 where the ABN is substituted into the %1 placeholder.
The link required has changed to http://abr.business.gov.au/SearchByAbn.aspx?SearchText=%1 where the ABN is substituted into the %1 placeholder.
This issue has been logged with development as Problem Report 63118. If you are having this issue, you can log a support case and reference this bug number.
We will look to either change the URL link used or use the web services described at http://www.abr.business.gov.au/Webservices.aspx
In the meantime, you can use the temporary work around created using three non-logging triggers with the Support Debugging Tool.
The Support Debugging Tool configuration settings file is attached to the bottom of this article.
Here are some instructions for using the Support Debugging Tool configuration settings file:
Hope you find this information useful.
21-Jun-2011: Added instructions for using the Support Debugging Tool configuration settings file.
30-Jun-2011: Added update about URL redirection being used to work around the issue.
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