The Equity Professional Program

The Equity Foundation hosts more than 100 events a year throughout Australia and New Zealand. The program is developed in close collaboration with performers.

The Equity Foundation's masterclasses are designed to address our members’ need for ongoing professional development and provide rare opportunities to work with leading directors, coaches and casting agents.
Our workshop series is an opportunity to work on specifics, such as acting for the camera, comedy, dancing, voiceovers and accents. Up to 10 members work over a two-hour period with an expert in their field.
In Conversation
As part of the foundation’s In Conversation series, performers are given the opportunity to attend an intimate question and answer session with leading international actors and directors. Sir Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Sam Neill, and Cate Blanchett are among those who have participated in the In Conversation events.
Casting Hothouse 
Each year the Equity Foundation hosts a Casting Hothouse, which gives performers a unique opportunity to work with international casting agents, such as CBS TV Studios’ vice president of casting Matt Skrobalak and US feature film casting director Margery Simkin.
Student Days
We know how difficult it can be getting a toehold in the entertainment industry, so each year the Equity Foundation holds an industry day designed to provide graduates with important information and tools to help them on their way to a successful performance career.

Events Program

Tax For Performers: What You Need To Know

16 Jun 2014
18:30:00 -  19:30:00
There are no tickets available for this event

Event description:


How can you get the best return and how to make it easier for your accountant. Simon Diner, Taxation Manager at Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants will go through all the things you need to know for tax time. Topics covered include: Tax concessions available to performing artists and special professionals, how does the recent federal budget affect me? Running a business? What are the differences from an employee? Common tax deductions for performing artists, tips for record keeping, things to consider prior to June 30.

Bio of host:

Simon Dinér is a taxation manager at Saward Dawson Chartered Accountants. He has been working at the practice for 14 years and has been assisting performing artists and special professionals throughout his career. Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Applied Taxation with the University of NSW and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Outside of work, Simon and his wife raise four children, he is actively involved in his local community and enjoys playing squash.


Venue instructions: VCA, Music Building, Room 216 (Red Brick Building) St Kilda Road, Southbank.

(Music Room - 216 - VCA St. Kilda Rd Music Building (red brick ) street level. Left as you enter the door then all the way down the back on the same street level.)





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