• Open Forums

    Open Forums are an opportunity to meet with us in your area. They form part of our broader engagement strategy with registered tax and BAS agents.

    The intent of the forums is to:

    • hear directly from you about matters affecting you, your practice and the broader tax professional community
    • provide an opportunity to raise questions for discussion and interact with us in an open environment
    • allow us to share information on matters of key importance.

    What we discuss

    Our current discussion covers, but is not limited to:

    • Services and support for tax practitioners including:      
      • the practitioner lodgment service (PLS)
      • improving online services and the Tax and BAS agent portals
      • Simpler BAS.
       
    • Digital services including:      
      • the latest on Single Touch Payroll
      • updates on authentication options and the ATO app.
       
    • Employer obligations including:      
      • the working holiday makers law change and what it means for you and your clients
      • Taxable payments annual reporting.
       
    • Improving your client's payment experience including:
      • introducing 'purposeful first action' – providing earlier and more tailored engagement
      • new policy announcement on transparency of tax debt.
       
    • Helping your clients prepare for the introduction of the superannuation changes, which start on 1 July 2017.
    • Your registration with the Tax Practitioners Board.

    Your attendance at an Open Forum may contribute towards your continuing professional education (CPE) with the Tax Practitioners BoardExternal Link.

    How to participate

    The schedule of Open Forums is updated regularly and numbers are limited for each forum.

    The following Open Forums are scheduled for the coming months:

    State/Territory

    Area

    Date

    Local time

    NSW

    Wagga Wagga

    9 March 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Hurstville

    16 March 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Dubbo

    11 April 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Manly

    28 April 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Sydney CBD

    22 June 2017

    8.30am–12.30pm

    or

    1.30pm–5.30pm

    NT

    Darwin

    8 June 2017

    7.30am–11.30am

    QLD

    Beenleigh

    2 March 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Chermside

    12 April 2017

    5.30pm–9.30pm

    Gold Coast

    27 April 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Brisbane Bayside

    14 June 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Toowoomba

    15 June 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    SA

    Adelaide

    15 March 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Mt Gambier

    4 April 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    VIC

    Traralgon

    23 March 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Carlton

    29 March 2017

    5.30pm–9.30pm

    Doncaster

    6 April 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Bendigo

    12 April 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Melbourne CBD

    7 June 2017

    8.30am–12.30pm

    or

    2.00pm–6.00pm

    WA

    Albany

    10 March 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Scarborough

    28 March 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Mandurah

    20 June 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Register for an Open Forum
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