Business Law & Taxation

    Research areas

  • resource rent taxes, natural resource taxes, oil and gas taxation, Goods and Services Tax , tax law history, superannuation

Research interests

Diane takes an ‘in-context’ approach to taxation law research. She welcomes business/commerce students for supervision whether for the BTX3900 research unit, Masters or PhD.

Diane focuses on empirical approaches to taxation law with the object of considering social, economic or historical impacts of the law and uses both qualitative and quantitative research approaches. Methods include comparative studies, interviews, statistics, text analysis, case studies, grounded theory, Pierre Bourdieu's social practice theory and methods of historical research.

Diane's major research areas are in natural resources taxation, such as resource rent taxes and royalties; taxation policy and reform; superannuation, Goods and Services Tax, Fringe Benefits Tax and the history of tax law.


Diane has held roles in the minerals resource sector with Conzinc Rio Tinto of Australia (CRA) Ltd as a management and financial accountant. She is an experienced professional having worked with Ernst and Young and was a Registered Tax Agent. Diane has worked in the financial services sector as the taxation manager with Australia's largest administrator of industry superannuation funds. For eight years she was Manager (Taxation and Banking) at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Diane has presented research papers at conferences both in Australia and overseas, including at the University of Cambridge in 2012 and 2014.

In 2015 Diane was awarded a Visiting Fellowship to the Australian National University. In 2016 Diane visited the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC to pursue extractive industry tax issues.

In 2014 and 2015 the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the PNG Treasury appointed Dr Diane Kraal and Dr Craig Emerson (former Federal Minister with the Rudd and Gillard governments) to research petroleum and mining tax reform. Tax reform in PNG has the support of the IMF. PNG's National Budget 2017 broadly includes Kraal and Emerson’s petroleum and mining tax reform initiatives. In 2017 Diane is conducting further research for the National Research Institute of PNG.

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