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  • About us

    As a Commonwealth entity within the Treasury portfolio, the ATO is accountable under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act) and the Public Service Act 1999.

    ATO’s role and responsibilities

    The Commissioner of Taxation is responsible for administering Australia’s tax system and significant aspects of Australia’s superannuation system. For the purposes of the PGPA Act, the Commissioner is the accountable authority for the ATO, the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). He is also the Registrar of the Australian Business Register (ABR).

    The ATO operates as the Australian Government’s principal revenue collection agency, administering the legislation governing tax, and supporting the delivery of government benefits to the community. We are responsible for:

    • collecting revenue
    • administering the goods and services tax (GST) on behalf of the Australian states and territories
    • governing a range of programs that result in transfers and benefits back to the community
    • administering major aspects of Australia’s superannuation system
    • custodianship of the Australian Business Register.

    The TPB and ACNC operate independently of the ATO and each produces their own annual report. Their reports are available at Link and Link, respectively.

    The ATO interacts with the groups in figure 1.1.

    FIGURE 1.1 Scale of our activities 

    The scale of the ATO’s activities were: 11.5 million individuals not in business, 3.8 million small businesses including sole traders, 935,000 employers, 617,000 super funds including 250 large APRA-regulated super funds and 2,500 small APRA-regulated super funds, 203,000 not-for-profit organisations, 167,000 privately owned and wealthy groups linked to over 870,000 entities, 34,000 public and multinational businesses linked to over 80,000 entities, 34,000 registered and active tax and BAS agents.

      Last modified: 26 Oct 2018QC 57055