Stephen Barkoczy

Stephen Barkoczy



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Professor Stephen Barkoczy has lectured, researched and practised widely in the areas of taxation, superannuation, venture capital and investment law. In addition to his role at Monash, Stephen is Chair of the Innovation and Investment Committee of Industry Innovation and Science Australia, which regulates the Australian Government's venture capital programs. He is also a member of the International Faculty of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where he lectures in the Master of Laws Program in International Tax Law. 

Stephen was previously a consultant with the law firm, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst), for over 10 years. Prior to that, he was Australian National Tax Director of an international chartered accounting firm and worked as a solicitor in general practice. Stephen has served as Chairman of the Law Institute of Victoria's Tax and Revenue Committee and as Principal Examiner of its Tax Law Specialisation Program. He has also served on several government committees and panels, including the Venture Capital Committee of Innovation Australia, the Public Advice and Guidance Panel of the Australian Taxation Office, the Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation and the Assistant Treasurer's Rountable on Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. 

Over the years, Stephen has been involved in a number of consultancies and has been a chief investigator on ARC Discovery and Linkage projects. He is a former editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation and has held roles on various editorial boards. He is the author/co-author/editor of many publications, including the following books: 

  • Foundations of Taxation Law (1st - 14th eds) 
  • Australian Taxation Law (6th - 31st eds) 
  • Australian Tax Casebook (1st - 15th eds) 
  • Core Tax Legislation and Study Guide (1st - 25th eds) 
  • Foundations of New Zealand Taxation Law (1st - 6th eds)
  • The Australian GST Guide (loose-leaf service) 
  • The Pooled Development Funds Handbook 
  • Innovation and Venture Capital Law and Policy 
  • Government Venture Capital Incentives - a Multi-Jurisdiction Comparative Analysis
  • Incentivising Angels - A Comparative Framework of Tax Incentives for Start-Up Investors.

Stephen is the recipient of several university teaching awards, including the Dean of Law's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Monash Student Association's Outstanding Teaching Award for the Faculty of Law and the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. He is also a recipient of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence in Law. In 2008, he received the Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.


2022- : Chair, Innovation Investment Committee of Industry Innovation and Science Australia. 

2020-2022: Member, Innovation Investment Committee of Industry Innovation and Science Australia.

2016-2019: Member, Innovation Investment Committee of Innovation and Science Australia.

2016-2018: Member, Public Advice and Guidance Panel, Australian Taxation Office.

2011-2014: Member, Venture Capital Committee of Innovation Australia.

2012: Member, Expert Roundtable on Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, Commonwealth Treasury.

1998-2010: Consultant, Blake Dawson.

2005-2008: Member, Melbourne Tax Discussion Group.

2002-2007: Member, Advisory Panel to the Board of Taxation.

1999-2006: Principal Examiner, Law Institute of Victoria, Tax Law Specialisation Program.

1997-2008: Member, Law Institute of Victoria, Tax and Revenue Committee.


Research interests

Taxation law

Superannuation law

Venture capital law

Supervision interests

Available to supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students

Monash teaching commitment

LAW4704 Taxation law SEM1 and SEM2

LAW4322 Advanced taxation law SEM1

LAW4671 Private Investment Law SEM2

Research area keywords

  • Taxation Law
  • Superannuation Law
  • Venture Capital Law


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