Date
8 - 9 April 2025
Host
The University of New South Wales
Location
Pullman Sydney Hyde Park Sydney, Australia

Conference program

Join prominent tax researchers, policymakers, regulators, and administrators from Australia and across the globe at our 2025 conference ‘Tax Administration: Getting It Right’ and explore together contemporary issues in administering tax systems. Topics include digitalisation, particularly AI, and the future of tax administration and the tax profession, the latest innovations in service delivery and tax compliance and the increasing role tax is playing in sustainability (ESG) including tax administration’s role in protecting the vulnerable (UN Sustainability Development Goal 10).

Keynote speakers will include leaders in tax administration Rob Heferen, Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office Commissioner and Peter Mersi, Commissioner and CEO, Inland Revenue New Zealand and distinguished academics Professor Benjamin Alarie University of Toronto and co-author with Abdi Aidid of The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better, Professor Penelope Tuck, University of Birmingham, UK, sharing her insights on whether environmental taxes policy and practice is stacking up and Professor Les Book,  Villanova University Pennsylvania discussing social justice in tax administration.

The program will also showcase innovative research with presenters vying for the Cedric Sandford Medal and a dedicated session sponsored by ADBI discussing Contemporary Tax Administration issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

Current Program

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Attendees to the Conference may be eligible for up to 11 CPD points.  Please check with your professional association for more detailed information regarding attendance requirements and the number of points you may acquire.

Conference highlights include:

  • Contemporary Tax Issues: Focus on digitalisation, AI, and the future of tax administration and the profession.
  • Service and Compliance Innovations: Discussing advancements in tax service delivery, compliance, and sustainability.
  • Keynote Speakers: Insights from leaders like Rob Heferen, Peter Mersi, Professors Benjamin Alarie, Penelope Tuck, and Les Book.
  • Research Presentations: Scholars compete for the Cedric Sandford Medal with innovative research.
  • Asia-Pacific Session: ADBI-sponsored discussion on tax administration issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Conference Dinner

Plenary speakers

Peter Mersi was appointed Commissioner and Chief Executive of Inland Revenue in July 2022.

Prior to this, Peter was the Secretary and Chief Executive for Transport (2016-2022), Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand (2012 – 2016) and spent six months as the Acting Secretary and Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs (2011-2012).

Peter has held senior leadership roles in Inland Revenue and the Treasury, where he spent 14 years primarily working on social policy and the public management system. He has also worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Labour, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Bank of New Zealand.

Peter has an economics degree from Victoria University of Wellington.

Along with Gaye Searancke, the Chief Executive of Land Information New Zealand, Peter is the Co-Chair of Papa Pounamu, an initiative by Public Sector Chief Executives to support and grow diversity and inclusion in the public sector.

On 1 March 2024 Mr Rob Heferen took up his role as Commissioner of Taxation to lead the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Rob has dedicated his career to the Australian Public Service for the last 35 years, beginning in 1989 as a graduate at the Australian Customs Service. Over 35 years, he has accumulated diverse experience across policy development and program delivery in a range of portfolios, as well as representing Australia in international forums including the UN, the IEA and the OECD. For almost 20 years Rob’s interest and expertise in economics and tax policy led him to various roles in the Australian Taxation Office and Commonwealth Treasury, including leading the Secretariat for the Australia’s Future Tax System Review (the Henry Tax Review) and culminating in his role as Deputy Secretary, Revenue Group at the Commonwealth Treasury between 2011-2016, with responsibility for tax policy, tax legislation and revenue forecasting.

Rob’s other Senior Executive roles include Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Deputy Secretary of Higher Education, Research and International in the Department of Education, Skills and Employment; Deputy Secretary of Energy at the Department of the Environment and Energy (where he served as Australia’s representative on the International Energy Agency’s Governing Board); and Deputy Secretary of Indigenous Affairs at the Department Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. 

Rob is a proven leader of people, with an open, collaborative and authentic style and strong record of achievement in leading organisations to help shape and deliver on Government priorities.

Rob has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania, and a Graduate Diploma of Economics from the Australian National University. 

Jeremy Hirschhorn was appointed to the Second Commissioner role from 16 April 2020. He has overall responsibility for the ATO’s Client Engagement Group, which fosters willing participation in Australia’s tax and super systems through well-designed client experiences.

Jeremy has more than 20 years' experience in roles managing complex tax matters.

As Deputy Commissioner of Public Groups & International from April 2015, Jeremy was responsible for ensuring that the largest Australian and multinational companies were meeting their corporate tax obligations and providing the Australian community with confidence that these large companies were being held to account.

Jeremy also worked as Chief Tax Counsel, with responsibility for the provision of the ATO’s legal advice in relation to interpretation of the tax and super laws, when he joined the ATO in August 2014.

Prior to joining the ATO, Jeremy was a senior partner in KPMG’s tax practice.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of NSW. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and Chartered Accountant.

Professor Book is the John H. Buhsmer, Esq. ’84 Endowed Professor of Law at the Villanova Charles Widger School of Law. While at Villanova Professor Book has served as Director of the Federal Tax Clinic, Director of the Graduate Tax Program, and Director of the Online Graduate Tax Program. He also served as a Professor in Residence with the IRS, Taxpayer Advocate Service in 2019.

 

Professor Book is a national authority on tax procedure and tax administration.  He is the successor author for the Thomson Reuters treatise IRS Practice and Procedure and the cofounder and one of the primary bloggers at Procedurally Taxing. He has written numerous law review articles and three research reports submitted to Congress on behalf of the Taxpayer Advocate Service, including a 2019 report containing a series of proposals to improve the administration and delivery of refundable credits.

 

Book has testified before Congress on the fair administration of our nation’s tax laws and on the future of tax administration.  In 2007 he won the ABA Tax Section Janet Spragens Pro Bono Award, and Book continues to directly assist low income and underrepresented taxpayers through pro bono litigation. In 2018 he was the inaugural winner of the Diane Ambler Award for faculty curricular innovation for his work in creating the Villanova Online Graduate Tax Program with his colleague Joy Mullane. In 2021, Book won the Diane Ambler Faculty Scholarship Impact Award for scholarship that has had a significant impact on the law, the academy, the legal profession or policy debates.

 

Book is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, Vice President (Publications)of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Taxpayer Rights.

Nina E. Olson is the Executive Director of the Center for Taxpayer Rights, a nonprofit that works to advance taxpayer rights in the United States and internationally.  From March 2001 to July 2019, Nina served as the National Taxpayer Advocate, leading the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an independent organization within the Internal Revenue Service dedicated to assisting taxpayers resolve their problems with the IRS and making administrative and legislative recommendations to mitigate those problems systemically.  Before serving as the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina founded and directed The Community Tax Law Project, the first independent Low Income Taxpayer Clinic in the US.  She also maintained a private legal practice, representing taxpayers in disputes with the IRS.

Kerrie Sadiq is a Professor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. She holds a BCom, LLB (Hons), LLM, and PhD. Originally qualifying as a Barrister at Law, Kerrie is currently a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) as designated by the Taxation Institute of Australia, a CPA, and a CA. Kerrie is an international tax scholar specifically known for her work in base erosion and profit shifting, transfer pricing, thin capitalisation, tax expenditures, and capital gains tax. She is co-editor of the Australian Tax Review, an internationally recognized leading academic tax journal, and is an author of over 100 publications in both Australian and international journals and books. Previous visiting appointments include universities in South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria. Throughout her career, she has contributed to Australian Government Senate Inquiries and Board of Taxation Reviews of tax policy. Kerrie is currently undertaking a four-year research-focused Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council.

Registration and paper submissions

    • Early bird registration fee (full conference):  $935 (closes 31 January 2025)
    • Full registration fee (full conference):  $1,035

    • Tuesday, 8 April 2025 (excluding conference dinner):  $385

    • Wednesday, 9 April 2025 (excluding conference dinner):  $385

    • UNSW student rate (full conference):  $535

    • Registration opens until 31 March 2025 or until sold out

    • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on 8 and 9 April 2025
    • Conference dinner on 8 April 2025

  • We are now open for paper submissions via Call for Papers, closing on 26 October 2024.  Successful presenters will be informed by 30 November 2024.

    Abstract and conference paper submission: tblconferences@unsw.edu.au

    Key dates

    All dates are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

    Formal Call for Abstracts open

    1 July 2024

    Abstract deadline

    26 October 2024

    Successful submissions notified

    30 November 2024

    Speaker registration deadline

    14 February 2025

    Submission of full papers deadline

    14 February 2025

    Submission of presentations deadline

    31 March 2025

    Final revised papers deadline

    15 May 2025

    Conference Dates

    8 & 9 April 2025 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

Conference accommodation

  • Pullman Sydney Hyde Park
    36 College Street Sydney NSW 2010
    Phone:
     +61 2 9361 8400
    Fax:  +61 2 9361 8599
    Email: H8763@ACCOR.COM

  • AU$289.00 inclusive of GST and Breakfast for 1 person, per room, per night at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park will be offered to delegates for the following dates:

    Check-in: Monday, 7 April 2025

    Check-out: Thursday, 10 April 2025

You are also welcome to contact the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park reservations team directly by phone or email. Please quote UNS040424 or mention “UNSW International ATAX Conference on Tax Administration 2025” at the time of booking.

Travel information

Pullman Sydney Hyde Park (36 College Street Sydney), is located directly opposite the historic and picturesque Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD.  Easily accessible by public transport and only 10km from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport and 8km from Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach.

Walk just two minutes from the hotel to Museum railway station and bus stops.

Get directions to the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park from your starting location here.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding the program, registration or submissions, please submit a request by email.