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  • Overview


    Confidence in the administration of Australia's tax and superannuation systems through helping people understand their rights and obligations, improving ease of compliance and access to benefits, and managing non-compliance with the law.


    We deliver our outcome through 22 programs which include one for the Tax Practitioners Board and one for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. These organisations operate independently of the ATO but are included in our program structure and under our outcome.

    Performance reporting

    We measure our performance against the deliverables and key performance indicators as outlined in the Portfolio Budget Statements for the Treasury. We also monitor and report against performance measures in our annual plan.

     For more information, see Program performance.


    From an operating budget for 2012–13 of $3.5 billion, we ended the year with an operating surplus of $10.0 million.

    For more information on our financial management, see Financial management.


    We started with just 12 employees in the Department of Treasury more than 100 years ago to collect land taxes to fund Commonwealth pensions. As at 30 June 2013, we had 25,093 ongoing and non-ongoing employees (including casuals) working from 63 locations around Australia.

    For more information on our workforce, see Workforce management.


    At 30 June 2013, the Treasurer, the Hon. Chris Bowen MP had responsibility for policy matters within the Treasury portfolio, although we reported to Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon. Wayne Swan MP from 1 July 2012 to 26 June 2013.

    The Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, the Hon. David Bradbury MP, had responsibility for administration of the tax laws and administrative matters relating to the ATO.

    The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, the Hon. Bill Shorten MP, was responsible for administration of the superannuation laws.

      Last modified: 13 Apr 2017QC 42430