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National Tax Clinic program

The National Tax Clinic program can help eligible individuals and small businesses with their tax affairs.

Last updated 16 May 2024

Update: National Tax Clinic program expansion

In 2023, the Australian Government announced the expansion of the National Tax Clinic program to improve access for small businesses in hardship and other vulnerable groups.

The expansion aims to increase the number of tax clinics by 5 from 1 January 2025, expanding eligibility to TAFE institutions.

Eligible Australian Universities and TAFEs offering courses in tax, accounting, bookkeeping or law can apply for grant funding through an open competitive grant round. Applications close by 5 pm AEST 3 July 2024.

More information on how to apply is available on GrantConnectExternal Link.

What is the National Tax Clinic program

The National Tax Clinic program is a government-funded initiative that supports eligible individuals and small businesses who are:

  • unable to access tax advice and assistance in managing their tax affairs due to economic, social or personal factors
  • not represented by a tax professional.

Students studying tax-related courses provide free tax advice and support under the supervision of qualified clinic managers, tax and legal professionals. Your session may be conducted via phone or web conferencing, or face-to-face in some locations.

We support the program, but the tax clinics operate independently through various university campuses located in every Australian state and territory.

Tax clinic eligibility and contact details

The following universities run tax clinics. Check the website of the clinic nearest you for eligibility criteria and contact information.

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

ATO Tax Help program

Through our free Tax Help program, we help eligible individuals lodge their tax returns.

The program runs from July to October each year. There are Tax Help locations in all capital cities and in many regional areas.