We aim to obtain maximum voluntary compliance with the legislation we administer and promptly address risk-related issues. This supports the premise that most of our customers will comply if they are aware of their obligations and have access to the right advice, education, assistance and information.

Customers who may be in breach of legislative provisions are encouraged to come forward and make a voluntary disclosure, which is treated more favourably than if we discover non-compliance during an investigation.

In detecting non-compliance, we engage in investigations, field visits and other audits, IT-assisted research, risk analysis, data matching and data mining. Apart from recovering outstanding liabilities, penalties and litigation can result from investigations.

In ensuring compliance, we are assisted by data, information and audit results sourced from external agencies, including the Australian Taxation Office, WorkSafe Victoria and other Australian state and territory revenue offices.

In 2018-19, we assessed $488.7 million in outstanding liabilities from 8411 cases. This was an increase in revenue of almost $24.5 million dollars on 2017-18 despite investigating 466 fewer cases.

Once again, the area where most revenue was collected ($211.0 million – up from $162.4 million last year) via compliance and other activities involved the landholder provisions which relate to acquisitions of interests, being shares or units, in a company or unit trust scheme which has landholdings in Victoria of $1 million or more.

In addition, we made determinations in relation to:

  • 203 acquisition statements, 107 ruling requests and 15 trust registration applications under the landholder provisions.
  • 118 ruling requests and three relating to change in beneficial ownership transactions.
Investigations - revenue assessed
$211 million from landholder investigations
$132.6 million from land tax investigations
$65 million from payroll tax investigations
$50.4 million from duties investigations
$18.7 million from lease investigations
$1.9 million from first home owner grant investigations
$1.3 million from change in beneficial ownership investigations
$7.7 million from other investigations