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Status of Australian Tax Treaties Program

April 10 @ 5:45 PM - 7:15 PM

Where are we on the tax treaty expansion program?

IFA Australian branch is pleased to invite you to the following in-person event to be held at Deloitte in Sydney on Wednesday 10 April 2024. The session will also be livestreamed.

On 15 September 2021 the then Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced an expansion of Australia’s tax treaty network. This has been followed by further similar announcements from the Labor Government in November 2022 and December 2023.

To date we have seen new tax treaties negotiated and signed with Iceland and Portugal, and various other tax treaty negotiations commenced. Over that period we have also seen amendments made or proposed to the International Tax Agreements Act which affect various of our tax treaties.

This session will address:

  • The status of the tax treaty expansion program
  • The proposed response to the issues associated with the non-discrimination article in connection with state taxes and FIRB fees
  • What can we learn about current Australian treaty practice from the tax treaties that have recently been signed?

IFA seminars and webinars are free for members and AUD $50 for non-members. Corporate membership includes attendance by up to four persons. If you would like to join the IFA Australian branch, please do so here.

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Arrive by 5:45pm. Session commences at 6.00pm and concludes at 7.15pm followed by drinks and canapés.


Quay Quarter Tower
Level 46
50 Bridge Street

In person and live streamed

Please register here


Ronita Ram
Director, International Tax Branch, Australian Treasury

Ronita is Australia’s chief tax treaty negotiator and is currently leading a number of treaty negotiations to expand Australia’s tax treaty network. Ronita is responsible for providing policy advice to the Government on international tax and tax treaty issues.

She is also Australia’s delegate to the OECD on tax treaty issues (OECD Working Party 1). Ronita has 18 years’ experience at Treasury working on tax and corporate law policy.

Ronita completed a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Commerce at the Australian National University.

Peter Scott
Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons

Peter’s practice covers transactional matters with a focus on funds, M&A, banking and finance, general corporate and international tax as well as controversy matters.

His disputes practice includes matters involving the ATO and state revenue offices.

Peter holds a BBus and LLB (Hons I) from University of Tasmania and an LLM from the University of Sydney where he produced a research paper on the application of the non-discrimination article of tax treaties to state taxes and FIRB fees. He has also lectured at the University of Tasmania.

David Watkins
Partner, Deloitte

David is the leader of the Deloitte Australia Tax Insights and Policy Group. David has over 30 years’ experience in corporate income tax and international tax covering a wide range of tax issues across various industry sectors.

David has a particular interest in double tax treaties and the International Tax Agreements Act and has advised, researched, written and lectured on various aspects of tax treaties.

David has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and New York. David has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.


April 10
5:45 PM - 7:15 PM


Quay Quarter Tower Level 46 50 Bridge Street
Sydney, Australia
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