Taxes and debt recovery

27 July 2018

The Federal Court of Australia, with the Tax Committee of the Australian Bar Association, invites you to a presentation and panel discussion on "Taxes and debt recovery"


This panel addresses procedures utilised by the ATO for the protection and collection of debts raised by assessments. With a focus on the process and reasons for the ATO instigating recovery proceedings, consideration of recent cases assist in the understanding of what a taxpayer must demonstrate in order to have recovery proceedings stayed. The panel will discuss some of the interesting scenarios that have arisen. Discussion will also include the circumstances and bases for the ATO obtaining freezing orders as well as other mechanisms used to protect the revenue and options available to taxpayers.

Date & Time:

23 August 2018
5:00pm - 6.30pm Sydney and national livestream
If registrations are not received for a particular livestream location, that venue will not be connected to the livestream


16 August 2018 at


CityCourtroomLocal Time
SydneyCourt 18A5:00 pm
AdelaideCourt 34:30 pm
Brisbane Court 15:00 pm
Canberra Court 15:00 pm
DarwinCourt 94:30 pm
HobartCourt 15:00 pm
MelbourneCourt 8A5:00 pm
PerthCourt 43:00 pm


Justice Jennifer DaviesJustice Jennifer Davies was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013 and was previously a Judge of the Supreme Court of Victoria. Her Honour graduated in law from Monash University and was a Senior Counsel, and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne where her Honour teaches in postgraduate courses. Justice Davies is a member of the International Association of Tax Judges.

Aris Zafiriou Aris Zafiriou is a Director in the ATO's Service Delivery Group where he is responsible for the Resolutions area within Significant Debt Management (SDM). SDM has primary responsibility for the collection of debts from clients who are unwilling to engage with the ATO and often exhibit the most egregious, non-compliant behaviour. This includes taking formal legal recovery against these clients. Aris has responsibility for the ATO's relationships with insolvency practitioners and government agencies who work in the insolvency industry. He also oversees portfolios that include subjects such as organised and economic crime, internationals and case management for debt.

Jennifer Batrouney QC

Jennifer Batrouney QC is Vice President of the Australian Bar Association and Immediate Past President of the Victorian Bar and of the Tax Bar Association. With over 25 years experience managing and litigating a range of tax disputes in the High Court, Federal Court and superior State Courts, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this area of tax recovery.

Rashelle Seiden SC Rashelle Seiden SC specialises in revenue litigation. She has appeared in and advised upon many disputes including those concerning freezing orders, DPOs and recovery proceedings including proceedings at first instance, in intermediate appellate courts and the High Court.

Ivica BolonjaIvica Bolonja is a National Technical Adviser in the ATO's Review & Dispute Resolution business line providing guidance, oversight and advice in complex debt recovery matters nationally.

Liz BishopLiz Bishop advises and represents taxpayers and the Commissioner in tax litigation including disputes involving freezing orders, DPOs and tax recovery.