Robert Olding has a unique combination of experience and expertise, as a former partner in a major firm, a retired senior public sector executive and current Tribunal member. Although recognized as one of the foremost experts in Australian indirect taxes, Robert’s expertise is broader, encompassing high-level administrative and statutory decision-making as well as alternative dispute resolution.

He also has particular interests in public speaking/presenting for introverts and effective writing in the workplace, and has undertaken and presented training on these topics.

Work History

  • 30 years tax technical and administrative experience in the private and public sectors.
  • Chief Tax Counsel for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), previously Deputy Chief Tax Counsel – Indirect Taxes, Assistant Commissioner (Senior Tax Counsel): 2002 to 2014
    • Key responsibilities: Lead a team responsible for providing technical leadership in relation to resolution of the most complex issues arising under various legislation administered by the Commissioner of Taxation; participate in the governance of the ATO, including planning and reporting functions. Lead training in legal writing presented by justices of the Supreme Court.
  • KPMG’s Queensland State & Indirect Taxes Partner, previously, Director and Manager: 1988 to 2002
    • Key responsibilities: Lead the Queensland state and indirect taxes practice; advise clients ranging from small businesses to international corporations and public and not-for-profit sector entities; participate in the local and national governance of the firm, particularly in relation to human resources.
  • Negotiated numerous settlements of GST and other disputes with the ATO.
  • Lectured and tutored, including as Adjunct Professor, in undergraduate and postgraduate indirect taxes and state duties and taxes at Queensland University of Technology for nine years, including GST in 2000.
  • Sessional lecturer on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Tax Disputes, Griffith University (2014).
  • Advising a State government department regarding strategic litigation, key statutory decisions and associated legislative amendments (ongoing).
  • Sessional member, Queensland Civil & Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) (appointed April 2016).
  • Member, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Panel of Experts (Tax – Legal) (appointed 2015).
Is it time to get expert help? If it is Robert Olding Services may be able to be of assistance.
I have often said that you are one of the people that come to mind when I think of inspiring leaders. Colleagues that have worked with you invariably agree.

Assistant Commissioner, ATO