Australia's Future Tax System

Consultation Paper Summary

How to participate

The questions in this paper are those the Panel considers it needs to answer in developing recommendations for the final report at the end of 2009.

Community input on what Australians consider to be the design priorities for the tax‑transfer system is vital to answering these questions.

The submissions made to the review have informed the development of the Consultation paper. The Panel will continue to use these submissions over the course of the review and there will be many more opportunities for people to contribute.

Make a submission

Anyone can make a submission at any time up until Friday 1 May 2009. If you would like to make a submission to the review, you may find it helpful to consider the Panel's consultation questions. You will find them throughout this document. You are not limited to these questions. If you have other ideas or issues, please submit them.

All submissions will be treated as public documents, unless you ask otherwise, and published to the review website after 1 May 2009.

The Panel may also release more targeted discussion papers and call for public submissions on specific topics during the remainder of the review period.

If you are interested in making a submission on the retirement income system, you have until Friday 27 February 2009. For more information, please refer to the Retirement income: Consultation paper.

Attend a public meeting

The Panel will host a series of public meetings in all capital cities and several major regional centres between 16 and 27 March 2009. Details will be published on the review website when available.

Focused community consultation

The Panel plans to conduct bi‑lateral and roundtable discussions with key industry, professional and community groups between January and June 2009.

Recognising the need to consider international, theoretical and practitioner perspectives, the Panel will host a two‑day tax policy conference in June 2009. The conference will provide the opportunity for leading international experts, the academic and practitioner community, and industry and community organisations to share research specially commissioned for the review and enter into detailed discussion of options for Australia's tax‑transfer system.

More information

For more information on making submissions and attending public meetings please visit or call 1800 614 133.