Overview

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is a Federal Government agency, engaged in the management of Australia’s taxation and superannuation systems through the administration of the income tax, GST and excise duty, and as the custodian of the Australian Business Register. The body employs approximately 20,110 people, operates throughout Australia, and is administered from its head office in Canberra.

The Australian Taxation Office is part of the Treasurer's portfolio and is the Government's principal revenue collection agency.

The Australian Taxation Office's responsibilities include:

  • Collecting revenue
  • Administering the goods and services tax (GST) on behalf of the Australian states and territories
  • Governing a range of programs which result in transfers and benefits back to the community
  • Administering major aspects of Australia’s superannuation system
  • Custodianship of the Australian Business Register (ABR)

The Commissioner of Taxation is the head of the ATO and is responsible for its administration, and is also the accountable authority for the Tax Practitioners Board and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

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