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Launch of

Publication date: 10 Oct 00 | Source: THE TAX INSTITUTE

Australia's 35,000 tax professionals across Australia will now access a range of the latest Taxation Institute products and services, news and events, video streaming and accredited education services with the launch of

Senator the Hon Ian Campbell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, launched the online portal at a Press Conference in Sydney today.

Senator Campbell said that regional and rural practitioners would particularly welcome the online education services.

Many tax practitioners are required to undertake hours of study or other approved activities each year to maintain industry accreditation. Studies undertaken through the online CPD facility contribute to their accreditation.

"The TIA portal is an excellent example of how online initiatives can provide regional and rural communities with services more easily accessed in metropolitan centres," Senator Campbell said.

Senator Campbell said that it is also pleasing to note that the Taxation Institute of Australia has chosen Solution 6, a proudly Australian IT services provider, as their IT partner to develop and deliver this portal.

Noel Rowland, Chief Executive Officer, Taxation Institute of Australia, said the launch of the new site was a very exciting time for both tax professionals and the Institute.

"We have conducted extensive research into the needs of tax professionals and analysed developing industry trends. Practitioners have told us that they need access - quickly and easily - to the latest information, press releases, rulings and legislation plus a more convenient and cost effective way to keep up to date with their Continuing Professional Development," Mr Rowland said.

" delivers just that to tax professionals through its advanced search facility, links to all major Australian and international tax sites, and video streaming of online CPD - a first for tax professionals in Australia," he said.

Mr Rowland said the development of this leading edge tax information resource will also position the Taxation Institute as a unique provider of not only online education to tax professionals, but general business and management education which can help further develop and broaden the skills of practitioners and inevitably, enable them to provide a better, more professional service to their clients.

Neil Gamble, Chief Executive Officer, Solution 6, said today that Solution 6 was delighted to partner the TIA in the delivery of what is an innovative and complex IT solution.

"Solution 6 has provided leading IT services to the accounting industry for over 20 years," Mr Gamble said. "This online initiative allows Solution 6 to draw upon our more tradition accounting industry experience and our more recently developed e-Business and consulting expertise."

"The Tax Institute Portal not only gives Australia's 35,000 tax practitioners access to a range of Institute services, but also empowers the practitioner to deliver a wider range of services to their client base," Mr Gamble said.

Mr Gamble said that Solution 6 is responsible for providing and maintaining all of the technology and infrastructure behind the website including, project management, website and software development, web hosting and system administration. The Vignette Story Server Content Management System, Sun Hardware and Operating Systems were also utilised.