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October 2019

Reminder: 31 October Deadline

Was your company’s income period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018? If yes, you need to lodge your R&D registration application by 31 October 2019.
To claim the R&D Tax Incentive you must register your company and eligible activities within 10 months from the end of the income year in which your R&D activities were conducted.

You must register each year you wish to claim the R&D Tax Incentive - and always register before the deadline. You can find more information about our standard timeframes here.

We experience a significant increase in registrations toward peak periods, which can delay you receiving your registration number. By registering with us early, you can beat the queue and ensure that your application will be processed ahead of your company tax return due date to the Australian Taxation Office.
Register here

Get involved! Easier R&DTI registrations coming soon

We’re always looking to refine and improve, so we’re redesigning our registration forms to make them easier to navigate and simpler to understand, but we’ll need your help to get it right
We’ll be establishing a secure online Customer Portal and redesigning the forms to include more plain English language and a simplified question structure that will enable you to better understand the information we need you to provide.
The refreshed registration forms will also no longer be PDF Smart-forms, but will instead be web-based and accessed online.
We’re still developing the new portal as we want to get it right before release, so keep using the current form, and we’ll let you know with plenty of warning when the switch is due to occur.
Interested in testing the new forms? Register with us below.
Register Your Interest Here

Impact of legal judgments on applying for the R&DTI 

Recently, the Federal Court and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) have delivered judgments that apply to legislated eligibility criteria for the R&DTI.
It is important for program participants, and their advisers, to consider judgments as they can provide useful interpretive guidance on how to apply the legal definitions of R&D for this program. The department welcomes the valuable clarification these judgments provide as it helps us to improve the administration of the program, including providing you better guidance materials.
The AAT recently provided clarification on the ‘outcome question’ in the definition of core R&D activities.  You can read the judgment here.
We regularly update guidance products to incorporate clarification from the AAT and Federal Court, so keep an eye out!

Got questions? Call us on 13 28 46

Coming soon: an upgraded experience!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for upgrades to!

The improvements will include a refreshed look and feel, and updated content to help you find the information you need more easily.

The home page of has been updated to make sure our most relevant and used information is easy to find.

We think you'll enjoy the improvements; the upgrades have been designed using human centred design principles, and tested using real businesses.

This update won't be the last, we are always looking at ways we can improve our service offering.

We'll let you know when the change happens so if you have pages from bookmarked, you can update them to make sure you can still access information quickly and easily.

R&DTI Information Sessions 

Interested in investing in R&D, but not sure where to start? New to the program or needing a refresher? 
AusIndustry will be running free information sessions for the next three weeks across Australia!
Discover how your business could be eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive, the benefits of the program, and the eligibility criteria.

You will also have the unique opportunity to meet other like-minded companies doing R&D, and ask our experts any burning questions you may have!
Don’t miss out – register to attend a session in Adelaide, Perth or Brisbane below!
Register For an Information Session
Don’t see your city listed?
We’re looking to host sessions in regional centres in the coming months – register to have your city on our shortlist, and we will let you know when we’re coming to a town near you.

Insights from the R&DTI Roundtable

Invited panel members from industry, program users, and administrators of the R&DTI met at the second R&DTI Roundtable for 2019 in July.
Highlights included Charlie Day, CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia, leading a discussion on investment in innovation. Further discussions at the Roundtable focused on emerging changes and industry specific concerns including record keeping, software guidance and improvements to administration.
You can find out more about the insights and outcomes from the July R&DTI Roundtable on
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