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The response to the awards was overwhelming. High calibre nominations flooded in, making the judging process a long and difficult one. Three finalists were selected in each category and flown to Hobart to attend the 29th National Convention and the Tax Awards gala dinner.

The finalists and winners were announced in a ceremony on March 20, 2013.


Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year
David Russell, CTA AM RFD QC

What the judges said:

David has displayed and demonstrated excellence in all criteria for the award coupled with a proven track record of success as a chartered tax adviser. He has illustrated his contribution in many ways, such as papers; his professional highlights and his ever willing desire to enhance the taxation profession highlighted through his continual involvement at The Tax Institute events on various topics showing his dynamic diversity and knowledge within the tax field. David has also been an active member of many associations and institutes shown through his presidential role for Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association; International Tax Specialist Group and The Tax Institute, and his remaining active chairman roles.

His contribution has not been confined to Australia, evident with his active participation in a number of overseas forums and membership such as Chartered Institute of Taxation in London, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and an Honorary Membership of Taxation Institute in Hong Kong, also multiple papers Including “General Anti-avoidance rules”: Lessons from Asia and Oceania and Transfer Pricing in Asia and Oceania: Practice, Problems and Court Decisions” for the Chamber of Tax Advisers of Russia, in Moscow, all of which strengthen the standing of chartered tax advisers around the globe.

David showed a high level of proactive awareness of tax issues in achieving results as, for example, the preliminary report of ‘the AOTCA/CFE/STEP Taxpayer Charter Project’ published for the Challis Group towards greater fairness in taxation. David is someone many rely on as I quote one reference, “David is a mentor for junior members of the bar, and valuable sounding board for senior members’.

David clearly demonstrated a path of excellence in the taxation arena and is truly deserving of the Chartered Tax Adviser award.  


Tax Adviser of the Year
Wayne Plummer, ATI, from PwC Australia

What the judges said:

Wayne exhibits the skills, characteristics and behaviour reflective of the highest quality of tax professionals and tax advisors shown through his many years of experience. He was considered worthy of this award due to his senior position held at PwC, leadership, collaboration, impressive technical work and clients, mutual trust and respect, technical excellence, and impressive references. Wayne’s client advice ranges from, however is not limited to, the management of a large take-over and pre-sale dividend, to managing the capital raising and capital return of a large industrial company. Through Wayne’s long, successful and active career he also has not forgotten the need to contribute to the development of tax law and administration shown through his preparation and presentation of technical papers for both The Tax Institute events, such as the Corporations Law Changes MasterClass, and for the ATO. Being a man who is referred to by his colleagues as one who ‘wears many hats within PwC’, he has continued to help and support others in their careers and the development of their tax knowledge. He is an active member of the PwC Tax Leadership Team and is currently the coordinator of the weekly training program for PwC Sydney Corporate Tax highlighting his involvement in advocacy activates and passion for tax.  


Emerging star
Matthew Andruchowycz, CTA, Wallmans Lawyers

What the judges said:

Matthew is an extremely proactive tax practitioner who has had a meteoric rise to senior associate. He shows a great range of independent and complex work ability, for example his work on a large superannuation company where he was highly involved with the coordination and management of fixed fee work and Matthew’s sophisticated CGT advice focusing on the application of the Division 152 small business CGT concessions. 

This level of work which Matthew portrays is significantly higher than one would expect of a tax professional with under 5 year’s experience.  Matthew has an outstanding record of networking activities to promote his firm to clients through, but not limited to, his large involvement with the Tax Institute; currently the Chair of our SA membership services Committee, as well as involvement with numerous sub-committees. The time he has given to these non-earning activities is exceptional which shows a strong commitment to professionalism and ethical standards. He is a clear future leader of the tax profession and a worthy inaugural recipient of the Emerging Tax Star Award.