Key super figure departs role in Treasury
Ahead of the federal budget and with the super tax reform debate reaching fever pitch, Treasury has announced a significant internal move for one of its key authorities on superannuation.
Treasury executive director, revenue group Rob Heferen, has announced he will be moving to the department of Industry, Innovation and Science on the 18th of April this year.
Mr Heferen said he will be concentrating on energy resources in northern Australia in his new role.
He is known for his frank assessments of Treasury’s estimates, acknowledging on several occasions that the Tax Expenditures Statements have their limitations.
Mr Heferen first started work at the Treasury’s Revenue Group in March 2011 as deputy secretary. He has worked in the public service since joining the Australian Customs Service as part of the graduate intake in 1989.
SMSF Association chief executive Andrea Slattery said the association will miss Mr Heferen’s input on tax issues, and thanked him for his work in the Revenue Group over the past five years.
“Certainly our superannuation sector held Rob in the highest regard. We always found he was an attentive listener, was able to distil complex issues into simple concepts and provided constructive advice across a range of issues,” Ms Slattery said.