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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 (TTI).

Our dedicated Tax Policy and Advocacy (TPA) team supports our goal to be the leading forum for the tax community in Australia. It is through the objective knowledge and support from our TPA team that TTI is one of Australia's leading voices in tax policy and advocacy matters. Key areas of advocacy are informed also by the views of our expert members.

Advocacy activites

Consultative - Key Stakeholders

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

Communications - Media, Social Media, Products

Members are kept informed of the tax policy and advocacy work of TTI through its premier publications of TaxVine and a number of journals including, The Taxation in Australia journal. The TPA 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, CTA, Senior Advocate, Robyn Jacobson, CTA, and Andrew Mills, CTA (Life) Director of Tax Policy and Technical, are regularly invited to provide media commentary on a wide variety of topical tax issues. Here is a link to our media coverage.

Member Engagement

The TPA team are also committed to understanding the needs of our members to better provide them with a tailored advocacy experience. The work of the TPA team is greatly supported by our network of National Technical Committees. The Committees are comprised of volunteer expert members of TTI who provide invaluable input in the form of technical assistance, practical guidance and industry experience which form the foundation of the TTI’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:

Meet The Tax Policy and Advocacy (TPA) Team



Scott Treatt, CTA

General Manager Tax Policy and Advocacy

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Prof. Bob Deutsch, CTA

Senior Tax Counsel

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Andrew Mills, CTA (Life)

Director, Tax Policy and Technical

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Robyn Jacobson, CTA

Senior Advocate

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Angie Ananda, FTI

Tax Counsel

Julie Abdalla, FTI

Tax Counsel

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Michelle Ma, ATI

Associate Tax Counsel

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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 on which we are consulting are also highlighted in the weekly TaxVine newsletter.

Get in touch

Stay up to date with the TPA team’s activities at our regular events, via our weekly TaxVine member newsletter by emailing us at