Michael D'Ascenzo AO
Michael holds degrees in economics and law from the Australian National University and is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor. Michael is a graduate of Harvard Business School Program for Management Development; a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants; an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants; and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Taxation and Management Accountants.
Michael is recognised internationally for his expertise in taxation and superannuation, and his demonstrated ability as a leader and innovator. He has worked with the International Monetary Fund; he continues to be involved in the work of the Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research, for which he was Secretary General in 2005; and he is a vice chair of the OECD's Forum on Tax Administration.
He is or has been a member of various public and private sector committees, such as the Board of Taxation.
In 2003 the Australian National University included Michael among its distinguished alumni. In 2008 he was awarded the Hill ATTA Medal by the Australasian Tax Teachers Association and in 2010 he received the International Tax Review Asia Editor's Choice award. In 2010 Michael was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to public administration, particularly through reform and innovative engagement with the taxation profession and other government agencies.
Michael was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Taxation and Registrar of the Australian Business Register on 1 January 2006. Prior to that he was appointed Second Commissioner of Taxation in 1998 and reappointed in 2005.