The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is the head of the Taxpayer Services Directorate (Tax Office), within the Department of Treasury and Finance. The office of Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is a senior office, established by Section 3(1) of the Tax Administration Act 2006.
The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes’ responsibilities include the following:
administration of the Tax Administration Act 2006 and all other Bougainville tax Acts, including the Sales Tax (Beer and Cigarettes) Act 2011;
collecting company tax, value-added tax and customs duties for and on behalf of the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), by agreement with the IRC under Section 45(2)(b) of the OrganicLaw on Peace-building in Bougainville – Autonomous Bougainville Government and Bougainville Referendum;
managing the operations of the Tax Office, overseeing the day-to-day administration of the Office;
providing leadership to the other officers of the Tax Office, to ensure the successful management and administration of the Office’s operations and functions, including support for the work of other Directorates of the Department;
providing authoritative, impartial and professional advice on matters relating to taxation and revenue collection to the Secretary and Minister;
assisting the Secretary to prepare the annual estimates of expenditure required for the operation of the Tax Office, and managing the funds appropriated for that purpose;
developing and implementing a 5-year strategic plan for the Tax Office, with the overall target of assisting the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) to achieve fiscal self-reliance by 2020 and beyond;
supporting relations with the IRC, as well as managing relationships with other taxation agencies, for the benefit of Bougainville;
promoting public knowledge and awareness throughout Bougainville of the taxation regime and the importance of revenue collection and compliance to the future of the Region.
KEY EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS
Government and Legislature
Minister for Treasury and Finance
The President and other members of the Bougainville Executive Council
Members of the Bougainville House of Representatives
Bougainville Members of the National Parliament
The Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives
Auditor-General and the Auditor-General’s Office
Administration (Bougainville and National Governments):
Chief Secretary and Head of the Bougainville Public Service
Secretary for Treasury and Finance
Other Departmental Heads of the Bougainville Public Service
Heads of other Bougainville Government Services
Commissioner General and other Commissioners of the IRC, along with IRC representatives in Bougainville
Other Government agencies (e.g. Investment Promotion Authority)
Community and the public:
The business community
The general public
1. The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is responsible to the Secretary for Treasury and Finance and (through the Secretary) the Chief Secretary and the Minister for Treasury and Finance for:
provision of authoritative, impartial and professional advice on matters relating to taxation and revenue collection;
support to the Secretary in the exercise and performance of the Secretary’s obligations and functions under the Bougainville Public Services (Management and Administration)Act 2014 (the Public Service Act), and any other Bougainville law;
reporting on the progress of implementation of relevant decisions of the Bougainville Executive Council;
administration of Bougainville and National laws relevant to taxation and revenue collection, and performance of all statutory duties of the Office;
enforcing taxpayer compliance with all legal obligations.
The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is accountable to the Secretary and (through the Secretary) the Chief Secretary for:
compliance with all lawful instructions issued by the Secretary and the Chief Secretary;=
provision of timely reports to the Secretary in respect of the implementation of the decisions of the Bougainville Executive Council, and of lawful instructions issued by the Secretary and Chief Secretary;
managing the operations of the Tax Office, and providing leadership to the other officers of the Tax Office, to ensure the successful management and administration of the Office’s operations and functions;
ensuring the efficient and effective utilisation of goods and services allocated to, procured by or in the possession of the Tax Office;
compliance with, and application and enforcement of the Code of Conduct and EthicalBehaviour of the Bougainville Public Service, and the staff performance management and disciplinary provisions of the Public Service Act;
implementation of the ABG’s gender equity and social inclusion policies;
performance of all other duties and responsibilities as may be set out elsewhere in this position description, or in the terms and conditions of appointment of the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes.
Critical areas of success
2. The performance of the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes will be assessed against the following outcomes:
leading the Tax Office to develop and maintain a stable and fiscally sustainable operating model, working cooperatively with other relevant agencies for the timely collection of tax and other revenue;
supporting the development of relevant policies, the provision of services and regulatory functions and the delivery of programs and services to support the mandated functions of the Tax Office and the Department as a whole;
strengthening service delivery capability within the Tax Office and Department, focusing resources on areas where they can be most effective in terms of delivering:
high quality policy advice to government;
efficient management of agreements and provision of services related to its core functions, specific projects and associated services;
high-level customer service directed at meeting the needs of all clients of the Tax Office;
implementation of the ABG's policy objectives in accordance with the annual work plan agreed with the Minister and the Secretary of Department of Treasury and Finance;
providing leadership to lift and then maintain the productivity of the Tax Office;
such other outcomes as may be specified in the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes’ annual performance agreement.
The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is appointed by the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee, in accordance with the Constitution and the Bougainville Senior AppointmentsAct 2014. The conditions of employment for the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes will be set out in the written offer of appointment from the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee.
3. A person appointed as Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes holds office for 5 years from the date of appointment, or until the person:
reaches the age of 65 years; or
ceases to be qualified for appointment as Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes; or
is removed from office under Section 37 of the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act.
While holding office, the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes must not:
actively engage in politics; or
engage, either directly or indirectly, in the management or control of a corporation or other body carrying on a business for profit.
A person appointed as Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is eligible for reappointment at the conclusion of the person’s term of office, as long as the person remains qualified for appointment.
APPLICANT PROFILE AND SELECTION CRITERIA
The following requirements and competencies will form the selection criteria for this position.
Leadership within the Public Service
Excellent leadership is essential to ensuring that the Tax Office, the Department and the Public Service as a whole can function effectively. As a senior office-holder, the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes is expected to lead by example. Working with the Secretary, the Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes will work in a spirit of service and strive towards the overall goal of a world class, professional public service, serving the Government of the day and meeting the needs of all Bougainvilleans.
The Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes will be a proven leader, able to demonstrate current experience in a senior managerial position, whether in government or the private sector. To be considered suitable for appointment, an applicant, by providing evidence of skills and career experience, will be able to demonstrate the following qualities:
a comprehensive understanding of the taxation arrangements between the ABG and the National Government, provided for under paragraphs 137 to 148 of the Bougainville Peace Agreement and relevant constitutional provisions;
proven ability to advise and respond on highly complex, sensitive and technical issues regarding taxation administration and revenue collection in Bougainville;
executive leadership capability, with an ability to motivate and interact with people at all levels, in order to maximise the quality and contributions of the Tax Office in delivering practical outcomes;
an ability to think strategically and analytically about the issues facing the Tax office and the ABG, and to then translate that thinking into practical effort, directed towards achieving goals within available resources;
proven communication skills, accompanied by an ability to develop and maintain effective and positive working relationships with key stakeholders;
a reputation for independence, fairness and sound judgment, while maintaining the highest standards of honesty and personal and professional integrity.
4. Desired experience and qualifications
To be appointed as Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes, a person will:
hold an appropriate tertiary qualification from a recognised institution;
have at least 5 years’ recent experience as a senior employee within a government revenue/taxation office;
under 60 years of age at the time of appointment; and be a fit and proper person to be appointed to the Bougainville Public Service.
Mandatory matters regarding qualification for appointment
Under Section 25 of the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act 2014, a person is not qualified for appointment as Chief Bougainville Collector of Taxes if the person is:
a member of, or a candidate for election to:
the House of Representatives; or
the National Parliament; or
a Provincial Government; or
a Council of Elders or other local-level government body or authority; or
an office-holder in a registered political party; or
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