On 27 June 2013 the new Tax and Transfer Policy Institute was launched at the Australian National University’s Crawford School. The Institute is intended to encourage a better understanding of Australia's tax and transfer systems. The Institute will work collaboratively and inclusively with other institutions and think tanks, and it will engage with universities and academics across Australia and the world: Assistant Treasurer's media release No 120, 2013.
One of the key aims of the Institute will be to participate in the continuing public debate on tax reform and it will seek to work closely with government policymakers. The Institute will draw on the knowledge of tax experts from Australia and around the world, and be guided by an Advisory Board made up of leading figures in Australia’s tax and transfer policy debate, chaired by Dr Ken Henry AC.
The Assistant Treasurer also announced that the ATO has agreed to put more of its tax return data into the public domain while preserving the confidentiality of individual taxpayers, effectively doubling the amount of de-identified individual tax return data available for researchers. Making more information available to researchers advances another of the recommendations of the Henry Tax Review.