• About us

    Role

    The ATO's role is to effectively manage and shape the tax, excise and superannuation systems that support and fund services for Australians.

    We are an agency under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997, operating within the Treasury portfolio, and accountable under the Public Service Act 1999.

    Major responsibilities

    • main revenue collection agency of the Australian Government
    • administrator of the goods and services tax (GST) on behalf of the Australian states and territories
    • administrator of a range of programs which result in transfers and benefits back to the community
    • administrator of major aspects of Australia's superannuation system
    • custodian of the Australian Business Register (ABR)
    • manager of business operations of the Australian Valuation Office (AVO).

    Looking ahead

    While we will continue with our major responsibilities, the way we conduct our business will change significantly by:

    • modernising services and technology to match contemporary practices
    • connecting with the community more effectively
    • focusing on fair and reasonable compliance outcomes
    • increasing use of independent parties in settlements, dispute resolution, objections and reviews
    • influencing policy and law design
    • streamlining and simplifying administrative requirements.
      Last modified: 16 Jul 2015QC 42413