Terms of use

These terms are made to ensure your safety and enjoyment whilst visiting our site.

Every comment is valued for its content. These discussions allow everyone to have a say and contribute many different ideas and viewpoints.

A single comment may have as much influence as 100 comments if the idea is a good one.

The ATO Beta news is moderated in order to keep the discussion flowing and to remove any offensive material. Comments that do not adhere to the moderation rules below will be removed.

In order to play a positive part in the discussion and to give your views maximum impact we also encourage you to follow the etiquette guide below.

Moderation Rules

This site is subject to the following moderation rules:

  1. Never post personal information, or information about another discussion participant. This includes;
    • personal information such as your date of birth, tax file number (TFN), bank account details or address
    • identifying any individual by their real name if they have not already done so, or
    • providing personal contact information such as phone numbers or addresses.
  2. You are responsible for the content of your posts. Don't use anything in your posts that someone else has created, unless you have their permission.
  3. You retain copyright in anything you create and post, but by posting your content on this site you grant the Commonwealth a non-exclusive license to use it.
  4. Never identify a staff member of the consulting organisation by name.
  5. Don't defame anyone or any organisation. A comment is defamatory if it lowers or harms the reputation of a person or organisation.
  6. Don't post anything that could be considered intolerant of a person's race, culture, appearance, gender, sexual preference, religion or age.
  7. Don't be obscene and don't use foul language. Disguising swear words by deliberately misspelling them doesn't make them any less offensive.
  8. Don't personally insult or harass other participants. Users are entitled to choose not to enter into debate with you.
  9. Don't post or link to any inappropriate, offensive or illegal material. Inappropriate content is anything that may offend or is not relevant to the discussion.
  10. Don't post any advertisements, however much you believe in the service or product.
  11. Don't complain about the moderation on the site, you can always send us feedback if you are unhappy.


  1. It's a good idea to read through the information on the site and the other participant's comments before getting involved in the discussion yourself.
  2. Always respect the views of other participants even if they don't agree with you.
  3. Be constructive. It's okay to disagree with other discussion participants; in fact we encourage debate, just keep the dialogue positive.
  4. Always keep things civil. It is important to keep the discussion focused on the issues rather than letting it deteriorate into personal insults.
  5. Once you've left your comment keep an eye on the site to see what other people have to say.
  6. If you feel that someone has insulted you, report their comment to the moderator. The moderator will take a look at the offending comment and decide whether it should be removed.
  7. Stay on topic. Blog posts have been created for a specific purpose. Please stay within the boundaries of the subject matter.
  8. Turn off the "CAPS LOCK". Writing in ALL CAPS is the equivalent of SHOUTING and can cause offence.
  9. Choose one discussion topic under which you would like to post each of your unique comments. Don't cut and paste the same comment into lots of different discussion topics. These will be considered duplicates and may be removed.
  10. Don't be a "troll". Trolls intentionally incite annoyance or offence. They do not participate constructively in the discussion and do not add any value to the debate.
  11. Please respect the moderators. Their job is to keep the discussion safe and constructive so that everybody gets to have his or her fair say.
  12. Try to avoid using acronyms or text talk. By sticking to plain English more people will understand the points you are trying to make.