Fiona Martin

Professor, Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

School of Taxation & Business Law - PhD (UNSW), LLM (Hons) (USyd), LLB (Hons) (UTS), CTA, The Tax Institute


Professor Martin is an internationally recognised expert on taxation issues, particularly those relating to charities and not-for-profits. She has published extensively in this area and on income tax issues relating to indigenous Australians who receive mining payments, the goods and services tax and taxation issues relating to real estate. Her doctoral research   was awarded the International Fiscal Association research prize and the Wolters Kluwer Australasian Tax Teachers Doctoral Series Award. It is published by Wolters Kluwer as Income Tax, Native Title and Mining Payments (2014). Professor Martin's other areas of research include international human rights, legal education, governance of legal structures and social entrepreneurs and she has published many scholarly articles in these areas.

Professor Martin  has been awarded two Australian Research Council Grants together with other prestigious external funding. She is  regularly invited to present her research at national and international conferences such as the International Society of Third Sector Research Biennial Conference and the North American Law & Society Conference.

Professor Martin  is recognised by her peers and students as an outstanding teacher and has been the recipient of several University teaching awards including the QUT Vice-Chancellors Award for University Teaching. She was a finalist in the prestigious Prime Minister's National Awards for University Teaching. She has developed several online and computer based education tools to assist students in understanding taxation law and legal problem solving and has published extensively in the legal education area. She is particularly focused on how adaptive e-Learning software such as SmartSparrow can be used to scaffold student learning and provide feedback on how students learn to academics so that their approaches to teaching and learning can be improved.

Professor Martin's industry experience spans across both the private and government spheres of legal practice. She has worked for private law firms and for the Commonwealth Attorney-General and as such engaged in high level taxation law litigation work. She regularly engages with industry and in 2015 was an expert project team member of the Board of Taxation. This project produced guidelines for the reporting of taxation by large multi-national corporations. Her pro bono work ranges from working with charities and NFPs to being part of the Indigenous Community Development Corporation working party whose membership includes the National Native Title Council and the Minerals Council of Australia.

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About Fiona

Fiona Martin commenced working as an academic after several years as a lawyer both with the government (including the Attorney-General's Department) and in private practice.

Her expertise and research are in the taxation law area and in particular how it relates to charities and interacts with issues relating to human rights and traditional land owners. Fiona has published many articles in highly regarded international and local refereed journals on such issues as whether or not Australian should have a charities commission, taxation of indigenous charities and the inequity of the mining withholding tax. She has presented at many conferences on issues relating to taxation concessions applying to charities, the application of the GST particularly as it relates to charities and income tax and property development generally. She has also published a number of book chapters and a textbook in the revenue law area.

Dr Martin’s PhD analyses the income tax implications of mining payments to traditional Australian land owners. It has been awarded the CCH/ATTA prize for doctoral research and was published as a book by CCH in 2014.​​