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Work in a remote area - salary package & reap the rewards


If you work in a remote or rural area you could save by salary packaging your housing repayments or rental costs.

Who can package remote area housing?

You can salary package mortgage or rent payments for remote area housing if you reside in a designated remote area and your employer offers this as part of your workplace benefits program.  

If you're still not sure whether you can package remote area housing? Then simply log into My Employer Hub and refer to your Employer's Information Booklet.

What exactly can I package?

You could package a range of remote area housing expenses including:

  • rental costs (employer provided)
  • half your private rental costs - without incurring Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT)
  • the interest on your remote area property mortgage (this will  incur 50% Fringe Benefits Tax)
  • your electricity or gas expenses if you rent or mortgage as a remote area benefit (this will  incur 50% Fringe Benefits Tax).

How to claim your remote area housing expenses

To claim your remote area housing expenses from your salary packaging account, please send us:

  • a claim form and
  • proof of the expense - typically an invoice and payment receipt.

You'll then receive a quarterly printed statement of all your transactions, and an email notification whenever your payments are processed.

An example: salary packaging remote area housing

Michael lives and works in Airlie Beach and is eligible to salary package remote area benefits.

Michael earns $90,000 a year and is considering salary packagingRemote Area Housing (employer provided).

By salary packaging $12,000 towards his rent each year, Michael could increase his disposable income by $4,312 a year. That's $165 a fortnight.

How much could you save each year?

At RemServ, we take the guesswork out of your new salary packaging lifestyle.

Use our salary packaging calculator to estimate how much you could save.

Ready to get started?

Already packaging - but now want to package remote area housing too?


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