Jan 30, 2013

‘Starting a new trek’: ATO boss breaks silence to staff

New Tax Office boss -- and keen mountain climber -- Chris Jordan has broken his silence, telling staff about the challenges ahead in an internal communication obtained by Crikey.

Chris Seage — Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

Chris Seage

Tax consultant and former ATO audit manager

New Australian Taxation Office Commissioner Chris Jordan has broken his silence.

In a message to ATO staff two days ago in an internal magazine in his “Commish” column, obtained by Crikey, Jordan admits to being a bit daunted by his new role:

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One thought on “‘Starting a new trek’: ATO boss breaks silence to staff

  1. Serenatopia

    Thank you Chris for your excellent article. I would like to properly welcome Chris Jordan as New Commissioner of Taxation.

    Chris Jordan shares with his employees that he is an avid trekker. I share Chris Jordan’s passion and reveal, not so humbly, that I have trekked the Thorong La Pass in the Himalayas at 5416m.

    I share Seage’s concerns that Chris Jordan needs to act fast as a number of problems beset the organisation, from increasing taxpayer complaints, staff dissatisfaction with HR management, declining revenue and increased debt.

    I hope that Chris Jordan will promptly address a number of outstanding taxpayer and employee matters, where taxpayers and employees have been seriously wronged and injured.

    It will take a lot of gusto and fight for Chris Jordan to remain authentic. If he resists the temptation of delegating downwards what has surfaced upwards to him, he may be in with a chance.

    For the journey, I recommend some spin-proof boots, lots of BS protection and some anti-shock hiking poles!

    If Chris Jordan shows himself capable of correcting the previous wrongs and setting a new agenda for positive development and growth for the ATO, he will be able to overcome all obstacles.

    Let’s hope.

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