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  • Working with government in policy development

    Purposeful and respectful relationships

    The ATO continues to work with other government agencies to achieve better outcomes in the tax and superannuation systems through engagement in policy development and implementation.

    In particular, we work closely with Treasury, adding value and insight in the process of making tax law, by providing a whole-of-ATO view in the development of new measures. Advocacy for sound tax policy continues as an active body of work. Some examples include:

    • implementation of the newly enacted Commissioner’s Remedial Power – we engaged with Treasury, other government agencies, external stakeholders and the community throughout the design process and its administration
    • delivery of the 2016 superannuation reforms – we worked with Treasury on the design of the law to ensure that the legislation can be administered to deliver the policy intent. This included advocating for law changes to streamline the treatment of release authorities in the law.

    Our secondment program with Treasury ensures that both Treasury and the ATO have timely access to the capabilities needed for policy, analysis and legislative work. This improves the development of policy and legislation that supports the broader government agenda, by promoting more collegiate connections and fostering a greater understanding of Treasury and government priorities.

      Last modified: 30 Oct 2017QC 53751