National and State Reference Groups

National Reference Group

The National Reference Group (NRG) is a consultative group that provides stakeholders, the department and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) with a forum to identify, prioritise and discuss views on technical and administrative issues relating to the R&D Tax Incentive.

The NRG comprises representatives from tax and accountancy professional bodies and specialist consultancy firms that provide advice on the R&D Tax Incentive. A list of members can be found below.

The issues considered by the NRG are intended to capture the concerns and perspectives of both administrators, NRG membership and their representatives.

For more information about the National Reference Group, including the NRG charter and meeting minutes, email

  • NRG charter
  • NRG meeting communique 28 March 2017

Who are the National Reference Group members?

The NRG is made up of 10 core external members and several representatives from AusIndustry, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Innovation Australia Board. It is co-chaired by AusIndustry and the ATO.

Core external members

  • Ms Donna Bagnall, Senior Tax Consultant, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
  • Ms Sandra Boswell, National R&D Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Mr Leigh Conlan, CPA Australia (CPA).
  • Mr Serg Duchini, National Leader, R&D and Government Incentives, Deloitte.
  • Mr Kris Gale, Managing Director of Michael Johnson & Associates.
  • Mr David Gelb, Lead Partner, R&D Incentives, KPMG.
  • Dr Margaret Hartley, CEO of Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
  • Mr Jamie Munday, Partner, Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young.
  • Mr Paul McMullan, Director of Compliance Group Pty Limited.
  • Mr Paul Suppree, Assistant Director, Corporate Tax Association (CTA).

State Reference Groups

State Reference Group (SRG) forums share National Reference Group (NRG) outcomes with the broader tax agent community.  SRGs also discuss operational matters relating to the R&D Tax Incentive at the State and Territory level. The forums provide an opportunity to discuss programme administration at the local and regional levels, and allow participants to share experiences and discuss operational concerns.

To recognise the important role that tax agents play in maximising the effectiveness of the programme, AusIndustry will invite key representatives from these organisations to participate in the SRGs to discuss specific issues or topics of interest. Common issues across SRGs are communicated to the NRG for discussion at a national level.

More information about the SRGs is available below including a charter of the groups’ activities and responsibilities and summary of outcomes from previous meetings.

  • SRG charter
  • Summary of outcomes – April 2017 meetings

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