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  • Small Business Stewardship Group

    The Small Business Stewardship Group is one of nine ongoing stewardship committees operated by the ATO as a means of improving the client experience and the administration of Australia’s tax and super systems. It is not a decision making committee and its deliberations are not binding on the ATO.

    The Small Business Stewardship Group’s focus is on:

    • gaining insights into issues small businesses face
    • identifying opportunities to improve the tax and super system to make it easy to get things right and hard not to, through an understanding of the effects on the small business sector
    • being a conduit for information-sharing between the ATO and small businesses via engagement, education and communication within networks.

    The ATO consultation protocol underpins the ATO’s consultation framework arrangements.

    Contact details

    The secretariat of the Small Business Stewardship Group can be contacted via email at


    Members are drawn from groups that represent or advise small businesses, including industry associations and peak bodies, or are small businesses themselves. Due to the size of the group, our focus is on ensuring membership represents a broad cross-section of Australian small businesses.

    Appointment to the Small Business Stewardship Group is at the discretion of the ATO. Membership is typically for a period of two calendar years.

    Members are expected to provide input at meetings on:

    • issues and processes affecting the small business sector in relation to the administration of tax and super
    • emerging issues or developments that may be of concern to small businesses in relation to meeting their tax and superannuation obligations
    • communication strategies and external networking opportunities to enhance engagement, education and communication with the small business community, and
    • any other issues, specifically requested by the ATO or raised by the group.


    Minutes of meetings are available below.

    For prior minutes or key messages, email and specify what you require.

    Last modified: 04 Jun 2018QC 43725