Common APRA Connect errors

APRA Connect is APRA's new data collection portal. Reporting entities who are submitting their data on APRA Connect will likely encounter some errors or validation issues. In this article we have gathered common issues and validation rules reported by industry. Can't find your specific query/issue? Please feel free to contact us via email

1) You can't see any returns in APRA Connect

Possible reasons:

Option 1) You don't have the right user role in APRA Connect. Contact your Regulatory Reporting Administrator to be assigned the return preparer or service provider role.

Option 2) You have logged in under the Trustee rather than the Fund. APRA allocates SDT returns at the Fund level. When logging in via MyGov, make sure to select the Fund's entity.

2) Validation error: The string does not match the regular expression. Regular Expression:^[a-zA-Z0-9:-]*$

Reason: the value supplied in a column does not meet a technical validation rule. This typically happens when a special character or a space is used, where that is not accepted. Example where this occurs is unique identifiers. (E.g. product identifier or investment option identifier.)

Possible solution: Remove any spaces and special characters.

3) Validation error: The value 'XYZ' is not a valid key for the enumeration 'ABC'

Reason: APRA Connect expects exact, case sensitive values, based on the allowable values for each column in the returns. The enumerations in the taxonomy provides the best reference point for the allowable values.

4) Retrieve reports with >200 rows

APRA Connect has a limitation of rendering only reports (tables) with less than 200 rows of data. "The current limit for rendering this control is 200 rows. As this control contains [] rows it cannot be rendered at this time."

The only available workaround at this moment is to use the "Upload History" function, where you can download the uploaded report.

5) My report is automatically submitted.

When loading excel files, APRA Connect will load, validate and automatically submit the return if there are no validation errors or warnings.

If you would like to be prompted to confirm submission, after all validation rules have been passed, APRA has created a workaround solution (an extra validation warning). You can email APRA to enable this workaround solution.


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