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This section of the website provides brief details of recent and upcoming events relating to tax policy within TaxWatch’s areas of interest. Organisations wishing to submit details for possible inclusion in the page should contact tw@taxwatch.org.au.

ACOSS National Conference 2017

In partnership with VCOSS.


The 2017 ACOSS National Conference, in partnership with VCOSS, is the event where community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. Leading thinkers and decision makers from the community, public, and private sectors will collaborate to identify challenges and workshop responses to move us towards a brighter and more equitable 2030.

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017 – Wednesday 25 October 2017

Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC

To find out more and to register, go to www.acossevents.org.au

Housing Australia

Historically low interest rates, long term economic and population growth and a tax system biasing debt over savings have contributed to housing affordability issues in Australia.

Covers CEDA’s third research report for 2017 that details the policy and taxation options available to governments for establishing sustainable affordable housing and considers the consequences of change, and of retaining the status-quo.


Dr John Edwards, Visiting Fellow, Lowy Institute and Member, CEDA Board of Directors 
Alan Kirkland, Chief Executive Officer, CHOICE 
Riki Polygenis, Head of Australian Economics, NAB

Date: Thursday 31 August 2017

Time 12-2pm 

Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Brisbane, QLD

Further details and links to registration and contacts may be found at http://www.ceda.com.au/events/eventdetails/2017/8/q170831?EventCode=Q170831#nogo


Left behind? Inequality and inclusive growth – Assessing the Australian experience

The Tax and Transfer Policy Institute is holding a seminar on Professor Peter Whiteford’s paper on the history of Australia’s economy, from strong periods of income stagnation and growth to becoming one of the fastest going advanced economies in the world. This paper will assess the factors behind these contrasting period trends and discuss the extent to which the policy approaches of the past are relevant to the current challenge of low income growth, or whether new policy paradigms are required.

Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017

Time: 12.15pm – 1.30pm

Venue: Miller Theatre, Level 1 , Old Canberra House Building 73, Lennox Crossing, ANU, Canberra

Further details and links to registration may be found at https://taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/11114/left-behind-inequality-and-inclusive-growth-assessing-australian-experience