Ian Murray

Dr, Associate Professor, Law School, BSc LLB W.Aust., LLM(Taxation) NSW, PhD Tas

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Ian is an Associate Professor at the UWA Law School where he teaches in Taxation and Not-for-profit Law, as well as researching in the areas of Resources Taxation and the intersection between Not-for-profit Law, Tax and Corporate Governance. Ian has a number of years’ experience as a practitioner advising on not-for-profit tax issues and on resource and energy industry tax issues. He also has practical experience in the regulatory and governance issues faced by not-for-profits, having been a not-for-profit board member, including chairperson, for over 5 years and having worked as an in-house lawyer at the University of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Law School Member, University Data Management Committee
  • Law School Member, University Early to Mid Career Researcher Network Advisory Group
  • UWA Law School Research Committee Member
  • Chair, Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • Board member, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Inc
  • Co-Editor, Third Sector Review journal
  • Co-convenor, Not-for-profits UWA

Previous positions

Ian has worked as a lawyer at Ashurst Australia (formerly Blake Dawson) from 2003 to the present, specialising in Tax. Prior to joining the Law Faculty, Ian also undertook sessional lecturing at Murdoch University in Tax and has worked as part of the University of Western Australia's Legal Services Team.

Current projects

Legal restraints on charity reserves & accessing charity reserves in crises
Outsourcing to not-for-profits
Native title asset management structures & Indigenous economic development

Teaching overview

Legal Issues for Not-for-profit Entities LAWS5813
Corporations Law LAWS5104
Income Taxation Law LAWS5132
Resources Taxation LAWS5239
Taxation Law LAWS3222


Accumulation of reserves by Not-for-profits
Charity and trusts law and Indigenous economic development
Development of analytical tools to review native title asset management structures
The intersection between not-for-profit law and tax and corporate governance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD (UTas)

Award Date: 1 Oct 2018


Law, LLB (Hons, UWA)

Science, BSc (Hons, UWA)

Research expertise keywords

  • Not-For-Profit Law
  • Native Title
  • Resource Taxation
  • Indigenous economic development
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Taxation law


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