The TPB is the national body responsible for the registration and regulation of tax agents and business activity statement (BAS) agents (collectively referred to as ‘tax practitioners’).
The TPB is an independent statutory body created under the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) and consists of a Board appointed by the Assistant Treasurer. The Assistant Treasurer appoints one Board member to be the Chair.
The Board is supported by staff from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), who are made available by the Commissioner of Taxation.
Our role is to ensure that tax practitioner services are provided to the public in accordance with appropriate standards of professional and ethical conduct.
We protect consumers of taxation services by regulating tax practitioners, thereby strengthening the integrity of the tax profession.
We are responsible for ensuring that tax practitioners comply with the TASA, including the Code of Professional Conduct.
This is achieved by:
- administering a system of registration
- addressing conduct that may breach the TASA
- imposing sanctions for breaches of the TASA
- issuing guidance to support tax practitioners
- supporting the Australian Government’s areas of focus and reform
- building organisational capability and culture.
Further information about the TPB can be found on our website at tpb.gov.au.
Our vision for our future
We share a vision to be a leading, independent, government regulator that drives reform and uses best-practice methodologies to ensure that the tax profession is worthy of our community’s trust.
We strive for excellence, not just sufficiency.
These three principles guide everything that we do:
- Continuous improvement and building trust. We adopt a whole-of-system perspective, continuously improving our performance, capability and culture to build trust and confidence in Australia’s regulatory settings.
- Risk based and data driven. We manage risks proportionately and maintain essential safeguards while minimising regulatory burden and leveraging data and digital technology to support those we regulate to comply and grow.
- Collaboration and engagement. We are transparent and responsive communicators, implementing regulations in a modern and collaborative way.
Last modified: 10 August 2022