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Advocacy is one of the three key strategic pillars that is part of the new vision and strategy for The Tax Institute.

Our dedicated Tax Policy and Advocacy team supports our goal to be the leading forum for the tax community in Australia. The Tax Institute is a critical voice in tax policy and advocacy matters and has sought after views. Key areas of advocacy are informed by the views of our expert members.

Our team regularly engages with key influential stakeholders including Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office, the Board of Taxation, the Inspector-General of Taxation, the Tax Practitioners Board, Parliamentary Committees and the various state and territory revenue offices. The team advocates for reforms to our tax system and influences key stakeholders through an extensive consultation network. Please refer to the Institute’s submissions here.

Members are kept informed of the tax policy and advocacy work of the Institute through its premier publications of TaxVine and the Taxation in Australia journal. The team also presents updates to members at flagship events around the country.

The team regularly issues media releases on key tax issues. Senior Tax Counsel, Professor Robert Deutsch, is regularly invited to provide media commentary on a wide variety of topical tax issues. Here is a link to our media coverage.

The Tax Policy and Advocacy team are also committed to understanding the needs of our members to better provide them with a tailored advocacy experience. The work of the Tax Policy and Advocacy team is greatly supported by our network of National Technical Committees. The Committees are comprised of volunteer Tax Institute expert members who provide invaluable input in the form of technical assistance, practical guidance and industry experience which form the foundation of the Institute’s views. Contributions via these specialist technical committees ensure that member concerns with tax policy, law and administration resulting from issues arising in day-to-day practice are represented at the highest levels.

Our National Technical Committees are:

  • Dispute Resolution
  • FBT & Employment taxes
  • GST
  • Large Business & International
  • Not-for-profit
  • SME & Tax Practitioner
  • Superannuation.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer member of any of these committees they are reviewed annually. Please let us know which area you are particularly interested in and email your bio or resume to us at:

Send us your views 

If you have any views or comments on a tax policy matter, issue with the tax law or issue you have come across in the administration of the tax law in practice, please send your comments through to us via Specific matters we are consulting on are also highlighted in the weekly TaxVine newsletter.

Get in touch

Stay up to date with The Tax Policy and Advocacy team’s activities at our regular events, via our weekly TaxVine member newsletter; by phoning Thilini Maligaspe on 02 8223 0003, or by emailing us at