ATO takes online services down for the third consecutive weekend

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ATO takes online services down for the third consecutive weekend

One month after the Australian Taxation Office suffered its worst-ever outage, the department will go offline for the third consecutive weekend as it continues to fully restore its systems.

The planned outage will take place from 11.15pm on Friday, 13 January, until 9am Sunday, 15 January, which means no online services will be available during that period.

This is another attempt to fully restore its systems since the ATO website went down on 12 December when a HPE storage network crashed.

The first planned outage took place on 30 December, with the goal to "ensure services impacted by the recent system issues are operating as well as possible at the start of business on Tuesday, 3 January", according to a statement.

On 3 January, the ATO announced the performance of its core services were continuing to improve.

The second planned outage took place last weekend but no details of the results have been issued by the department apart from a tweet on Monday saying more work was required.

In late December, the ATO announced it was getting an independent specialist to investigate the causes of the outage.

The taxation office also confirmed that no data had been lost and that no taxpayer information had been compromised.

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