We are committed to consultation as a means of improving the administration of Australia’s tax and superannuation systems. We have a clear strategy to consult with the community, industry and the tax profession in a timely way.
These arrangements have been developed in consultation with profession and industry bodies. Our framework comprises stewardship groups, stakeholder relationship groups, special purpose working groups and a Consultation Hub within the ATO to coordinate matters raised for consultation.
A single protocol governs all ATO community consultations, regardless of their format. To participate in any of our consultative processes, you must agree to honour the mutual rights and obligations that the protocol sets out for all participants – you, your colleagues in the process, and the ATO.
We report monthly on our consultation arrangements. The report includes sections on news, new matters for consultation, matters in progress and completed consultation.
Within the ATO's consultation framework there are consultative arrangements specifically for the superannuation system, and a process for raising superannuation issues.
In June 2015 a post-implementation review of our consultation arrangements introduced in July 2013 was undertaken. The review was undertaken by Russell Miller AM, convenor of the Centre for Strategy and Governance.
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The ATO recognises the important role of the community as owners of Australia's taxation and superannuation systems. Accordingly, we consult widely with taxpayers, business and profession associations.