Information Publication Scheme
Information Publication Scheme
Australia’s tax and superannuation systems are community assets. We firmly believe that access to information enhances transparency and leads to increased levels of trust and respect.
The Australian Information Commissioner has noted that the reforms to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) promote a pro-disclosure culture across government and builds a stronger foundation for greater openness and transparency in government.
In addition, the Information Publication Scheme (IPS) aims to transform the freedom of information framework from one that responds to individual requests for access to documents to one that requires Commonwealth agencies to take a proactive approach to publishing information.
In the ATO context, to ensure more of our information is publicly available you can now access on this website our:
Over time we will be expanding our IPS entry to include more of the guidance and tools we use to make decisions or recommendations.
We are interested in your feedback on this website, particularly regarding our agency plan, and you may wish to subscribe to this website to be informed of updates.
IPS agency plan
The object of the FOI Act is to give the Australian community broad access to information held by the government by proactively publishing certain information, and giving citizens a right of access to government held documents.
The ATO Information Publication Scheme (IPS) agency plan provides guidance in planning and maintaining our IPS entry. The plan supports our value of being open and accountable.
Who we are
This includes information on the way the ATO is organised such as its organisational structure, ATO Executive Committee members including the Commissioner of Taxation.
- Organisational structure
Describes ATO reporting structures including sub-plans, management arrangements that include the ATO organisational chart and details about the ATO business and service lines.
- ATO Executive Committee
Introduces the ATO Executive Committee members and the committee charter.
This includes information about our functions, decision making powers and operational information that assist us in making decisions or recommendations affecting members of the public:
The ATO holds information that assists us to perform or exercise the functions or powers in making decisions or recommendations. We are progressively publishing key operational information. Current information is available on our Operational information web page.
The ATO routinely provides the following information to parliament in response to requests and orders from the parliament:
Our FOI disclosure log lists those documents released under freedom of information (FOI) access requests which are publicly available. You will find there a summary of the disclosure log entries which relate to information to which the ATO has given access more than once in response to FOI requests.
The ATO recognises the important role of the community as owners of Australia's taxation and superannuation systems. Accordingly, we consult widely with taxpayers, business and professional associations.
- ATO consultative forums
Provides access to detailed information about our consultative forums. This includes forums for taxpayers, business and professional associations.
- Tax Issues Entry System
Provides an opportunity for you to raise issues relating to the care and maintenance of the Australian Government's tax and superannuation systems.
This includes additional corporate information relating to our existing and future priorities, information technology and business transformation initiative and business research:
- Compliance program
Outlines approaches, compliance risks and treatments.
- Change program essentials
Provides information on the easier, cheaper and more personalised change program.
- Project Wickenby
Outlines Project Wickenby including activities, results, participating agencies and how you can make a voluntary disclosure.
- Our service standards
Outlines the service standards you can expect when you deal with us and our performance.
- Our research
Details results of some recent research from surveys, product testing and user research.
This includes additional financial information relating to our financial records, procurement procedures and tendering:
This includes additional lists of grants, media information and tax data:
If you are a regular reader of this document you can subscribe to this content by selecting 'Corporate' under Free Email Updates.
If you require more information:
Information about access for people with disability can be provided by FOI officers at our branch offices.
Callers outside capital cities may phone 13 28 69 and ask for the FOI unit.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 5 February 2013