Part 2 - Corporate governance

The ATO is a large and complex organisation. Our governance is aligned with public sector best practice and helps ensure we administer the tax and superannuation systems in an open and accountable way.

In 2010-11 our public sector governance arrangements included:

  • formal accountability to ministers and parliament
  • overview by parliament, including the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit and the Senate Standing Committee on Economics
  • quarterly reports to the states and territories on GST agreed performance outcome measures through the GST Administration Sub-Committee
  • ATO-specific performance audits and a financial statement audit by the Australian National Audit Office
  • investigations of specific complaints by taxpayers, and own-motion investigations of matters of administration by the Commonwealth Ombudsman
  • reviews of potentially systemic issues by the Inspector-General of Taxation.

In addition, our internal governance and management framework includes internal committees, including an audit committee (with external members), and an independent Integrity Adviser.

These public sector governance arrangements, complemented by an extensive network of consultative forums, are consistent wwith recommendations of the 2003 Uhrig Report.

Our governance arrangements are also consistent with the Australian National Audit Office's Better Governance Guide for public sector agencies.

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