On Monday 24 March 2014, Mark Pizzacalla CTA, Managing Partner (HLB Mann Judd, Melbourne) and Tax Counsel Stephanie Caredes CTA attended a meeting of the External Compliance Assurance Process Workshop run by the ATO. The ATO is exploring the concept of basic assurance wok being carried out by using existing external compliance assurance processes (such as processes conducted by registered company auditors). A number of key issues are being examined by small Working Groups. Participants in the Workshop considered the progress made so far and identified issues for future examination. We will keep members updated as this matter progresses.