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Keynote address paper


Our keynote speaker, Robert Olding, the Australian Taxation Office’s newly appointed Chief Tax Counsel, is responsible for technical leadership in relation to GST for the Australian Taxation Office. Robert has been closely involved with many of the leading GST cases to date and other significant GST issues. In this paper, Robert provides an insight into GST from the Australian Taxation Offices senior internal counsel perspective, including:

  • introduction
  • the ATO’s strategic direction – Commissioners’ intent statement
  • organisation design:
    • transforming tax technical decision making project (TTTDM)
    • law design and practice group
  • quicker resolution of tax technical issues:
    • timeliness – a process issue and a mindset
    • public rulings
  • approach to statutory interpretation
  • dispute resolution and recent cases:
    • unit trend
    • the private tutor and Naidoo
  • public rulings in the pipeline
  • looking to the horizon

Author profile

Robert Olding CTA
Robert formerly an indirect tax partner at KPMG and Adjunct Professor teaching indirect taxes at the Queensland University of Technology, Robert Olding served in various senior executive roles at the ATO for 11 years, including as Deputy Chief Tax Counsel (Indirect Taxes),before retiring as Chief Tax Counsel. His professional activities now include advising revenue authorities in Asia, The Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and The Caribbean as an International Monetary Fund (IMF) fiscal law expert; serving as the inaugural independent Chair of the Queensland Office of State Revenue Rulings Advisory Panel; and serving as a member of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. - Current at 30 September 2019
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This was presented at 2013 National GST Conference .

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Individual sessions

GST and the Ten Commandments

Author(s):  Gordon BRYSLAND

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GST and insolvency: From the cradle to the grave

Author(s):  Peter KONIDARIS,  Jenny Lin,  Raj Srikhanta

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Cases update

Author(s):  Chris SIEVERS

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Resolving disputes

Author(s):  Elizabeth GOLI,  Peter Poulos

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