Australian Taxation Office

Nearly 300,000 SMEs took advantage of the $20,000 write-off in 2015-16, but the average amount claimed is less than half

Nearly 300,000 Australian small businesses took advantage of the federal government’s instant asset write-off scheme in the 2015-16 financial year, …

Small Business

Government agencies could use facial recognition

Government agencies could get approved access to part of the Commonwealth's newly proposed facial recognition program.<p>The Facial Verification …


Rise in multi-property investors worries RBA

The number of property investors with five or more properties in Australia has spiked in recent years, adding to central bank concerns about the …

Real Estate

Australian government says Centrelink robo-debt will never log off

A recommendation to halt the robo-debt process has been rejected by the federal government.<p>The Centrelink automated debt recovery system will not be …

Australian Government

Australia's 'hot' infrastructure market cools as investors take fright

Australia is no longer the world's hottest market for infrastructure investment as unpredictable federal policies on tax and energy and a slowdown in …

Australian News

Want to Ditch Social Security Numbers? Try Blockchain

In the wake of the huge Equifax data breach, which compromised the personal information of 145.5 million U.S. consumers, the Trump administration …


Why Australians won't use myGov to opt out of e-health records

Govt builds separate portal.


Wheatstone by numbers: Time-lapse shows six-year build

Chevron has copped a lot of flak over the years over the budget and schedule blowouts of its two mega LNG projects in the North West.<p>But apart from …


'Frankly insulting': government 'robo-debt' response angers Greens

The Turnbull government has rejected findings of a Senate inquiry into its controversial "robo-debt" system for welfare payments, refusing to suspend …

Australian News

'My son’s legacy is at risk'

THE father of a hero trade unionist who fell to his death trying to shut down an unsafe Perth demolition site has attacked the CFMEU for leaving his …

ATO tackles outages with four-year IT overhaul

Major renewal project kicks off.


Please run Australia's facial recognition surveillance system on the ATO SAN

Only a proper Australian dose of incompetence can save us from the technology-enabled surveillance state we are running towards.<p>There used to be a …


China Investments Scrutinized as It Gobbles Up Australian Farmland

Companies from China have ramped up almost 10-fold their ownership of farmland in Australia, even though the Chinese government is scrutinizing their …


ATO reveals six “far-fetched” excuses people have given for not lodging tax returns on time

One Australian taxpayer has told the tax office they couldn’t lodge their return because they have a condition that only allows them to work for 30 …


The ATO is targeting ecommerce businesses ahead of changes to GST laws

KAZBEK BASAYEV / AFP / Getty Images<p>The Australian Taxation Office has used data-matching from external sources to identify thousands of businesses …


Baby boomer tenants are rewriting the rules for renting and renters

by Duncan Hughes<p>Baby Boomer tenants are rewriting the rules on renting and starting a trend that could shake up the rental and retirement markets, …


Courts staff enlist public's support as deadlock remains

Federal Court staff have heaped pressure on their bosses with a bid to enlist the public's support for their cause in a lengthy bargaining …

Australian News

Scammer outsmarted by quick-thinking Queensland lawyer

A Queensland lawyer has outsmarted a scammer claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office with minimal effort, forcing him into a flustered and …

New Zealand News

ATO scammer cracks under questioning from target, launches into foul-mouthed rant

A quick-thinking Queensland lawyer has turned the tables on a scammer claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), sending him into an …

Australian News

Chinese ownership of Australian farmland rises, British ownership falls

The area of farmland under partial or full Chinese ownership has dramatically increased over the past year as the level of American and British …

New South Wales