If you work in a remote area, you may be eligible to salary package the cost of airfares to and from your usual place of residence to your workplace with the Remote Area Assistance Fly-In, Fly-Out benefit.
You must discuss with your Employer whether Fly-in Fly-out is a benefit allowable under the salary packaging program. If so - Refer to Package Requirements to determine if you are eligible to package this benefit.
When paying for Fly-In Fly-Out, using pre-tax salary, your taxable income will reduce, thus resulting in you paying less income tax.
You may not have to pay GST for this benefit.
Who is Eligible?
An employee is considered to be working on a fly-in fly-out or drive-in drive-out (or equivalent) basis when all of the following apply:
- On a regular and rotational basis, the employee works for a number of days and has a number of days off which are not the same days in consecutive weeks (that is, following one week after another without interruption), such as a standard five-day working week and weekend.
- The employee returns to the employee’s normal residence during the days off
- It is customary in the industry in which the employee works for employees performing similar duties to work on a rotational basis and return home during days off – for example, miners – and the work duties continue to be undertaken by other employees on a rotational basis while any particular employee is on their days off
- It is unreasonable to expect the employee to travel to and from work and the normal residence on a daily basis, given the locations of the employment and their home, and
- It is reasonable to expect that the employee will resume living at the normal residence when the employment duties no longer require them to live away from home.
What are not Eligible Expenses under FiFo:
- Airfares for holidays, or any other travel that is not between your home and remote area workplace.
- Airfares for anyone other than you the employee.
- Airfares that you claim from your employer or that your employer has paid for on your behalf.
NOTE - you may not have to pay GST for this benefit. Where GST is payable for the service, your employer is able to claim an Input tax Credit (ITC) – GST refund. This ITC may then be passed back to you, the employee.
When you salary package the Fly-In, Fly-Out benefit, you specify an amount per annum for Remunerator to deduct each pay. When you pay for an airfare, simply submit a reimbursement claim form online or with Remunerator app, with tax invoices attached, to Remunerator and we will credit the money into your nominated bank account.
Process and Payment Options
Select Fly-In Fly-Out, the amount you would like to package and your preferred packaging / payment option.