Remote Area Benefit

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What is the Remote Area Benefit?

Whilst working in a remote location may bring about many different challenges for you, it also presents the opportunity for you to make potentially significant tax savings.

If you currently live and work in a ‘Remote Area’, you may be able to salary package a number of different personal expenses as a means of reducing your taxable income.


What is Salary Packaging?

Salary Packaging is a tax effective way to receive your salary as a combination of income & benefits that allows you to deduct some of your pre-tax income & use it to pay for a variety of benefits. By reducing your pre-tax income you can reduce the amount of income tax you pay & in turn increase the amount you take home each pay day.

What Remote Area Benefits Can Be Salary Packaged?

If your employer allows you to Salary Package as part of its employee incentive program, you will be able to take advantage of the below benefits.

Remote Area Rent

  • If you live in an employer-owned residence, 100% of your rental payments are made from your pre-tax salary.
  • If you privately rent your residence, 50% of your rental payments are made from your pre-tax salary.
  • No FBT liability is incurred on this benefit.

Remote Area Mortgage Interest

  • If you own your residence, you can salary package 100% of your mortgage interest.
  • 50% of this benefit will incur an FBT liability.

Certain Remote Area Benefits are paid 50% tax free, while others are subject to Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) on 50% of the benefit. Remote Area Housing Benefits are excluded from the ATOs reporting requirements, therefore these benefits will not be reported on your annual payment summary and your payment summary will reflect your reduced taxable income. Due to the nature of the FBT regulations around remote area benefits individual outcomes will vary with individual circumstances.

Am I Eligible For Remote Area Benefits?

To be eligible for Remote Area Benefits, you must be living and working in a town/location that is defined by the Australia Tax Office (ATO) as being ‘remote’ for Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) purposes. For more information on locations and towns that are considered to be ‘remote’, please contact the remote team at SPA via

Even though you may qualify to salary package Remote Benefits (by meeting the ATO requirements), you will still need to gain authorisation from your employer.

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Employee Guide

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* This calculator contains general information and does not necessarily take all of your personal circumstances into account. Salary Packaging Australia encourages you to seek professional, independent tax or financial advice and to consider whether this information is right for you before making a decision. The availability of any packaging benefit is subject to your employer’s approval and compliance with the Australian Income Tax Assessment Act (1997). The Australian Taxation Office can provide advice on compliance.