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Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments: draft report released


Friday, 6 September 2019

The Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments is examining the operation and impacts of the zone tax offset and related remote area tax concessions and payments, providing recommendations on the appropriate form and function of such assistance into the future.

The Commission is seeking further information and feedback on the draft report, released 4 September 2019.

Image from: LGAQ will be making a submission on the draft report and encourages members to provide comment to Roland McMillan, Lead Economics and Finance by Wednesday, 2 October 2019.

Individual submissions to the Productivity Commission are due by Friday, 11 October 2019.

Related items

LGAQ Submission - April 2019

In its submission to the Inquiry into Remote Area Tax concessions and Payments issues paper the LGAQ says there is evidence that Zonal Tax Offsets are a tangible path to growth in regional areas. But the submissions stresses that the offset has suffered from a lack of attention.

“There is a widespread expectation by communities and local governments in remote areas that the policy commitments indicated in the Northern Australia White Paper, to be implemented by the Office of Northern Australia, will improve the conditions for economic development, including achieving investment and workforce attraction.”

Explanatory podcast

Craig Johnstone (LGAQ Media Executive) and Roland McMillan (LGAQ Lead - Economics and Finance) breakdown the importance of tax concessions for remote areas and the LGAQ's submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry in the podcast below. 


Supporting commentary

Tax offset should not be abolished, LGAQ update 6 September 2019.

LGAQ Communications Advisor Tim Cox chats with Barcoo Mayor Bruce Scott, a veteran of local government for whom the advancement of rural and remote communities is always front and centre.

Related submissions

The LGAQ will be preparing a submission to the Inquiry on Migration in Regional Australia. The Inquiry will give particular consideration to how communities and settlement services can best assist migrants to gain successful employment outcomes. Comments requested by 13 September, 2019.

The LGAQ will be making a submission the Senate Select Committee on the effectiveness of the Australian Government’s Northern Australia agenda.

Regional Inequality Inquiry, LGAQ Submission (No 115), May 2018

Accessibility and quality of mental health services in rural and remote Australia, LGAQ Submission, May 2018

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