• 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 discussions cover, but are not limited to:

    • Our current focus for tax practitioners including  
      • updates on the practitioner lodgment service (PLS)
      • work-related expenses
      • the latest updates on Single Touch Payroll
      • improving online services and the Tax and BAS agent portals
      • scams.
    • Superannuation survival guide  
      • a practical guide to help you navigate the super changes and incorporate them into your business practice.
    • Employer obligations including  
      • an update on the working holiday makers law change
      • an extension of Taxable payments annual reporting to new industries
      • quick tips for engaging contractors.
    • Debt      
      • how to benefit from early engagement with us including transparency of tax debt
    • Current Tax Practitioners Board issues affecting your practice including  
      • cyber security
      • authorisation to lodge
      • black economy taskforce.

    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. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.

    The following Open Forums are scheduled for the coming months:

    State/Territory

    Area

    Date

    Local time

    NSW

    Liverpool

    12 September 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Albury

    19 September 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Newcastle

    20 September 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Penrith

    10 October 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Chatswood

    12 October 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Lismore

    28 November 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    VIC

    Werribee

    5 September 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Dandenong

    14 September 2017

    This session is now full.
    9.00am–1.00pm

    Lorne

    4 October 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Ballarat

    25 October 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Shepparton

    9 November 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Footscray

    6 December 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    WA

    Fremantle

    21 September 2017

    5.00pm–9.00pm

    Busselton

    29 November 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    QLD

    Ipswich

    28 September 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Sunshine Coast – BAS agents only

    5 October 2017

    9.00am–noon

    Sunshine Coast – tax agents only

    5 October 2017

    1.00pm–5.00pm

    Brisbane

    1 November 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Townsville

    15 November 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    Cairns

    16 November 2017

    7:30am–11:30am

    SA

    Victor Harbor

    18 October 2017

    9.30am–1.30pm

    ACT

    Canberra

    5 December 2017

    9.00am–1.00pm

    Register for an Open Forum
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