Leading Tax Reform Advocate Accepts Appointment

4 August 2009

Australia's leading tax law and policy program, conducted by the University of Sydney's Law School, has been further strengthened by the appointment of the Taxation Institute of Australia's Senior Tax Counsel, Dr Michael Dirkis as a Professor of Taxation Law.

Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Gillian Triggs, welcomed the appointment of Dr Dirkis, who has been at the forefront of tax policy, law and administration developments over the last decade.

"Dr Dirkis' vast experience in tax law development will further strengthen both the Faculty's research and teaching," she said.

"Dr Dirkis is a noted researcher, having authored and co-authored over 500 articles and papers. He is known internationally through his role as Special Counsel for the Asia-Oceania Tax Consultants' Association, and as its representative to the annual meeting of the region's tax administrators, the Study Group on Asian Tax Administration and Research (SGATAR)."

The Sydney Law School already boasts Australia's leading tax academics, whose expertise has been sought both domestically by the Treasury, the Board of Taxation, and the Australian Taxation Office, and internationally by the OECD and the International Monetary Fund.

"Dr Dirkis' appointment will further complement the Faculty's leading role in the development of tax policy and law in Australia and internationally," concluded Professor Triggs.

About Sydney Law School:

The Law School offers a diverse range of tax graduate and undergraduate tax programs, informed by the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law.

Media Contacts:

Professor Gillian Triggs, Dean, +61 2 9351 0218

Dr Michael Dirkis, + 61 417 400 349

Contact: Greg Sherington

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