Accountability and transparency

The ATO corporate plan 2015–19, a four-year rolling plan, sets out our mission, vision and values, including our priorities for 2015–16. Supporting our corporate plan, our business line plans, and individual performance agreements create a line-of-sight for all staff to see how their role contributes to the overall direction of the ATO.

The ATO corporate plan is supported by the corporate plans of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and the Tax Practitioners Board, which contribute to the delivery of the ATO’s outcome to government. We are accountable to government and the community for our performance. Providing ready access to information enhances transparency, demonstrates our accountability and efficiency, and fosters mutual trust and respect.

We regularly monitor and report on our performance through our committees. We also report publicly on performance against our service commitments on a monthly basis and in our annual reports, which are available on our website at ato.gov.au.

Our corporate performance measures focus on measuring our impact. This is important, as everything we do is ultimately about improving outcomes for government and the community. In 2015–16, our measures comprised four interconnected impacts (integrity, willing participation, revenue and productivity). These are based on internationally recognised categories from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and provide a high-level indication of the health of our administration.