Volunteering at The Tax Institute
The Tax Institute is the place where members participate, connect and raise their profile.
A key benefit of membership of The Tax Institute is to raise the profile of members amongst the tax profession, employers and clients. One way to achieve this is by volunteering in a number of areas such as: presenting at events; writing articles for the Institute’s journals; writing technical papers; writing or reviewing submissions; being involved in the education program; and being a representative in our committees and councils
Below provides details how members can be involved.
Members can volunteer for policy and advocacy in a number of areas.
Writing or reviewing submissions
The Tax Institute aims to be at the forefront of the development of tax policy and administration. The government, ATO and state revenue offices regularly call for submissions on new laws, law interpretation and administrative practices. Members who are interested in writing or reviewing submissions on a particular consultation are invited to contact our team to see how their technical expertise can be best utilised. Please also refer to our Tax Policy Principles
ATO's National Tax Liaison Group
The Tax Institute is a member of the ATO's National Tax Liaison Group (NTLG) and its various technical sub-committees. Our representatives on these committees put forward issues of strategic importance or technical uncertainty, with the aim of technical resolution or improved administration by the ATO. Members are invited to submit technical or administrative issues that are covered by the NTLG charter, so that we can raise them with the appropriate committee.
The Tax Institute has a number of technical committees on a variety of topics (eg international, superannuation, GST etc). The committees are comprised of members who are experts on the particular area. Our committee members lead the development of our policy positions, including the finalisation of our submissions to the ATO and government.
There are various CPD committees which are made up of members with appropriate experience in the profession, who have expressed an interest in assisting with the development of its CPD programs.
Responsibilities of the CPD/Event/Education Committees include:
- the program development including topic selection;
- market identification;
- suggesting and sourcing presenters;
- assisting with the title of the event;
- assisting the Tax Institute staff to ensure marketing materials adequately promote the event;
- provide feedback on programs currently under development;
- provide practical suggestions on ways to improve past events
Some of the CPD committees include:
- National Education Committee;
- National Events Program Committees (GST Financial Services, MRRT, Annual Tax Intensive; State Taxes, Consolidations, Corporate Tax)
- National Convention Organising Committee;
- National Convention Program Committee; and
- CPD Committees in each of the states including: NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA.
Contribute to our journals
We welcome contributions from all tax practitioners and specialists on relevant and timely issues for our journals, Taxation in Australia, The Tax Specialist and Australian Tax Forum.
Find out more on how to contribute to these journals.
If you would like to contribute to one of our journals please contact our Publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8223 0000.
Information Products Working Group
Publishing offers participation via the Information Products Working Group (IPWG). The group informs publications strategy and content, and discusses emerging topics, technologies for publications and markets. All new products published by the Institute are subjected to testing and opinion by the IPWG - which acts as an informal focus group. The group meets on an ad hoc basis when new product strategies require discussion.
State membership committees
State membership committees are responsible for supporting state-based membership activities including:
- tax teachers liaison;
- ATO liaison (eg social or other networking events involving the ATO);
- general membership social events (eg golf day, trivia nights);
- promotion of the Institute in tax discussion groups;
- other member benefit strategies/promotions at a state level;
- membership drives/firm visits; and
- student membership promotion/university visits;
There is a state based membership committee in NSW, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
National Membership Committee
The National Membership and Services Committee is made up of one representative from each state in Australia, with a national councillor as the Chair of the committee.
The main responsibilities of the committee are:
- to determine the classes of Membership that The Tax Institute will offer;
- set up the entry requirements for each class of membership;
- agree on the Post-nominal’s for each class of membership;
- set up the CPD requirements for each class of membership;
- determine what is relevant CPD;
- advise on membership by-Laws;
- consider and respond to any requests from the National Council ;
- offer advice on the membership recruitment strategies;
- offer advice on the benefits of membership; and
- discuss State membership initiatives.
The Tax Education Program relies on volunteers' input in a number of ways including:
Education Advisory Board
Appointed by National Council, the role and responsibilities of the Education Advisory Board are to:
- ensure that the curriculum and content of the courses produces graduates with the skill sets and knowledge assets who can be readily employed in the tax profession and advise National Council and the Education, Examination and Quality Assurance Board accordingly.
- capture and articulate all the taxation profession's training and education needs and advise National Council and the Education, Examinations and Quality Assurance Board of any emerging trends requiring changes to the curriculum.
- report to and advise National Council on professional association activities.
- exercise any other functions as requested by the National Council.
Education, Examinations and Quality Assurance Board
Appointed by the National Council the role and responsibilities of the Education, Examinations and Quality Assurance Board are to:
- advise National Council and the Education Advisory Board on all matters relating to and affecting the courses' design, development, delivery and assessment.
- establish all educational policies and procedures to provide a quality framework for the delivery of the Taxation Institute of Australia courses.
- establish sub-committees where required for advanced standing, exemptions, student appeals on assessment decisions and admission to courses.
- decide all student disciplinary cases and report outcomes to National council for the implications on the student's current or future membership.
- consider and report back on any matter referred by the Education Advisory Board particularly on curriculum relevance and currency.
- Exercise any other functions as requested by the National Council.
- Course Convenors support the Institute in providing a technical overview of the courses and respond to questions from lecturers and candidates.
Lecturers, tutors and session leaders
- Lecturers and tutors bring a practical focus to the Institute’s courses by presenting the lectures.
Topic and group leaders (Advanced Tax only)
- Topic and group leaders are specialist tax practitioners and lead discussion groups in their area of specialisation.
- Amend, update, review and enhance the study materials for the Institute’ Tax Education Program
Reviewers and editors
- Review and edit study materials for technical accuracy.
- Examiners mark the candidate papers for each course. Examiners for Advanced Tax also conduct the oral presentations.
- Assessment writers write the questions for exam papers for each level of the Institute's courses.
Assessment markers and review markers
- Markers apply the marking guide for each of the Tax Institute's courses.
- Trial sitters are usually past candidates who trial the exam papers to ensure the assessment practices of the Institute are fair, valid and reliable.
If you would like to be involved in volunteering with The Tax Institute in any of the areas above and have the relevant expertise please advise us by completing and submitting the form.