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Stephen Barkoczy



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Professor Stephen Barkoczy has lectured, researched and practised widely in the areas of taxation, superannuation and investment law. In addition to his role at Monash, Stephen holds an appointment on the Innovation and Investment Committee of Innovation and Science Australia, which is involved in regulating various Australian Government 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 has been principal of his own law firm and was a consultant with Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) for 12 years. He 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 been National Tax Director of a Chartered Accounting firm and has held Government appointments on 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 a chief investigator on a number of major research projects (including ARC Discovery and Linkage projects). He is a former editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation and has served on various editorial boards. He is also the author/co-author/editor of many publications, including the following books: 

  • Foundations of Taxation Law (1st - 13th eds) 
  • Australian Taxation Law (6th - 31st eds) 
  • Australian Tax Casebook (1st - 15th eds) 
  • Core Tax Legislation and Study Guide (1st - 24th eds) 
  • Foundations of New Zealand Taxation Law (1st - 5th 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 teaching awards, including the Dean of Law's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, the Monash Student Association's Outstanding Teaching Award for the Faculty of Law and an 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.


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

2016-2019: Member, Innovation Investment Committee, 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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