About us

Role and responsibilities

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) was established in 1910 and is the government's principal revenue collection agency.

The purpose of the ATO is to contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of Australians by fostering willing participation in the tax and superannuation systems. We are:

  • making it easier for people to participate
  • delivering contemporary and tailored service
  • ensuring purposeful and respectful relationships
  • a professional and productive organisation.

Our 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 ATO is a Commonwealth entity within the Treasury portfolio, and accountable under the Public Service Act 1999.


This year we served six ministers:

  • Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, from 21 September 2015
  • Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Kelly O'Dwyer MP, from 21 September 2015
  • Treasurer, the Hon. Joe Hockey MP, from 1 July 2015 to 21 September 2015
  • Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, from 1 July 2015 to 21 September 2015
  • Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Bruce Billson MP, from 1 July 2015 to 21 September 2015
  • Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, from 21 September 2015.