Small Business Liaison Group overview for prospective members
This document is for businesses and groups with an interest in joining the ATO Small Business Liaison Group.
To apply to join the Small Business Liaison Group, an expression of interest addressing the selection criteria must be emailed to SBITConsultativeForums@ato.gov.au by 5pm AEST on Friday, 27 November 2015.
Through consultation and collaboration, the ATO is building contemporary products and services for small businesses.
About the Small Business Liaison Group
The Small Business Liaison Group is one of eight ongoing stewardship committees operated by the ATO as a means of improving the client experience and administration of Australia’s tax and super systems. It is not a decision making committee and its deliberations are not binding on the ATO.
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.
The Small Business Liaison Group’s focus is on:
- 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 effects on the small business sector
- gaining insights into issues small businesses face
- being a conduit for information-sharing between the ATO and small businesses via engagement, education and communication within networks.
Expectations of members
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.
Members are expected to:
- consult with, and advocate on behalf of, small businesses on matters relating to tax and super administration
- share information between the ATO and small businesses using their networks and communication channels within the small business community
- follow the ATO Consultation Protocol
Where information is provided on a confidential basis it is to be treated as such.
Appointment to the Small Business Liaison Group is at the discretion of the ATO. Membership is typically for a period of two calendar years.
Observers from other government agencies may be invited to attend meetings from time to time.
Small Business Liaison Group is chaired by Steve Vesperman, the ATO’s Deputy Commissioner Small Business Taxpayers.
Meetings are held three times each calendar year in the ATO’s Canberra offices. Meetings generally run for approximately three hours.
The ATO does not pay sitting fees or reimburse travel costs for participation in the Small Business Liaison Group. Members are expected to meet their own expenses.
Small Business Liaison Group expression of interest
The ATO is calling for expressions of interest from individuals and organisations to become members of the Small Business Liaison Group for 2016 and 2017.
The members of the group provide advice and experience to the ATO executive, who also may convene smaller ad-hoc groups or one-on-one discussions to obtain advice on specific matters.
We are seeking key people who understand and have strong connections with the small business sector to help develop and enhance our client service focus and deliver on our reinvention strategy.
Nominees are asked to provide a curriculum vitae and a brief covering letter addressing the following selection criteria:
- experience within the small business sector
- capacity to consult with, and advocate on behalf of, small businesses on matters relating to tax and super administration to facilitate the identification of key concerns
- ability to actively contribute to issues being discussed, provide feedback and insights to assist the ATO in delivering professional, contemporary, and tailored services for small businesses that take into account their different circumstances
- willingness to share proactively information between the ATO and small businesses using networks and communication channels within the small business community
- commitment to attend three meetings per year
- independence from government interests.
Organisations interested in nominating representatives for the Small Business Liaison Group should submit an expression of interest by 5pm AEST on Friday, 27November 2015. Applications should be emailed to SBITConsultativeForums@ato.gov.au
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by email and we will announce the membership of the Small Business Liaison Group for 2016-17 in December 2015.
For queries about the selection process, email SBITConsultativeForums@ato.gov.au or phone Susan Holmes on (02) 6216 6377.
This document is for businesses and groups with an interest in joining the ATO Small Business Liaison Group