Tax and Time Travel the theme for the Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference

The UNSW Business School is to host the Australasian Teachers Association’s (ATTA) annual conference.  The theme of the conference is Tax and Time Travel: Looking Backwards and Looking Forwards. The theme acknowledges several significant anniversaries in Australasian tax in 2015-2016:

  • The centenary of the Australian Federal Income Tax
  • 30 years since the introduction of GST in New Zealand
  • 30 years since the introduction of capital gains tax in Australia
  • 30 years since the introduction of fringe benefits tax in Australia

The theme also takes into account current discussion of tax reform in Australasia and at the issues emerging as part of the OECD and G20’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project.

The program will include a mix of keynote presentations and papers by participants.

125 delegates have registered to attend, made up of tax academics, both national and international, ATO representatives, and representatives from sponsoring bodies.

Ross Gittins, the Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and an Economic Columnist for The Age, will speak at the Conference Dinner on 21 January at the Australian Museum.

Professor Chris Styles, the Dean of UNSW Business School at UNSW Australia will open the Conference on 21 January.

Other speakers ine:

  • Professor Diane Ring, Boston College Law
  • Greg Smith, Chairman , Commonwealth Grants Commission
  • Andrew Mills, Second Commissioner, ATO
  • Jan Farrell,  Deputy Commissioner, ATO
  • Justice William Young, Courts of New Zealand
  • Professor Gordon Cooper, Cooper and Co
  • Justice Tony Pagone, Federal Court of Australia
  • Jeremy Sherwood, UK Office of Tax Simplification 

The Australasian Tax Teachers Association is a non-profit organisation, established in 1987, with the goal of improving the standard of tax teaching in educational institutions across Australasia. 

The 3 day conference will be held at Colombo House at the Kensington Campus, UNSW Australia, from Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 January 2016.

For further details contact Professor John Taylor on 02 9385 3292 or 

Media contact: 

Julian Lorkin: 02 9385 9887​