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  • Not-for-profit Stewardship Group

    The Not-for-profit Stewardship Group (NFPSG) was established to foster strategic discussions about the major issues affecting not-for-profit organisations and their representatives with key stakeholders from the not-for-profit community. The group includes members that represent a broad spectrum of not-for-profit clients.  The primary role and focus of the NFPSG is to:

    • consider issues around current tax administration and law as they relate to not-for-profits
    • consult on new policy initiatives proposed by government
    • identify opportunities to improve the tax and super systems – importantly, this includes making it easier for not-for-profit organisations and their representatives to access the concessions to which they are entitled and to meet their obligations
    • gain insights into current issues not-for-profit organisations and their representatives face
    • identify emerging issues or developments that may be of concern to not-for-profit organisations and their representatives
    • partner with the not-for-profit community to find appropriate solutions for issues raised and to improve the not-for-profit client experience in the tax and super systems
    • share key ATO messages with the not-for-profit community.

    The NFPSG is not able to comment on, or advocate new law change proposals on behalf of individuals or groups.

    The ATO consultation protocol underpins the consultation framework arrangements.

    Contact details

    If you have any questions about the work of the NFPSG or if you would like to submit an issue for the group to consider, you can email us at If you would like to speak to someone, add this request to your email and we will call you.


    The NFPSG is co-chaired by:

    • Joe Zabar, Catholic Social Services Australia
    • Tim Dyce, ATO NFP Client Experience Owner

    Appointment to the NFPSG is at the discretion of the ATO. Membership is typically for a period of two calendar years. Members are drawn mainly from not-for-profit organisations and groups that represent or advise not-for-profit organisations, including peak bodies. Our focus is on ensuring membership represents a broad cross-section of the Australian not-for-profit community.

    Non-ATO Members



    Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)

    Murray Baird

    Arts Law Centre

    Robyn Ayres

    Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, QUT

    Prof. Myles McGregor-Lowndes

    Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

    Phil Butler

    Catholic Social Services Australia

    Joe Zabar (co-chair)


    Nunzio Giunta CPA

    Herbert Smith Freehills

    John Emerson

    Justice Connect

    Sue Woodward

    Law Council of Australia

    Jennifer Batrouney QC

    Philanthropy Australia

    Sarah Wickham

    Prolegis Lawyers

    Anne Robinson AM

    Salvation Army

    John McIntosh

    Tax Institute

    Simon Bowden


    Linda Ward

    Key ATO members



    NFP Client Experience Owner

    Tim Dyce (co-chair)

    NFP Client Experience Lead

    Kate Roff

    NFP Strategy and Client Experience Team

    Alison Zeitlhofer

    Secretariat services

    Gess Sottile

    2018 meeting dates

    The group meets three times a year in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

    Our meeting dates and locations for 2018 are:

    • 15 March 2018 in Sydney
    • 25 July 2018 in Melbourne
    • 28 November 2018 in Canberra


    Minutes and key messages of meetings are available below:

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

    Last modified: 05 Jul 2018QC 43735