MP wants for tax changes to re­duce FIFO

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Calls to change the Fringe Ben­e­fits Tax (FBT) to dis­cour­age the fly-in, fly-out prac­tice have been re­newed by Na­tion­als Mem­ber for the Min­ing and Pas­toral Re­gion Dave Grills in the wake of the Fed­eral elec­tion.

He said the preva­lence of FIFO work­forces on re­source projects in re­gional WA could be at­trib­ut­able to the ap­pli­ca­tion of the FBT to re­gional ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mr Grills said the FBT re­quired an ur­gent over­haul to en­sure the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of in­land com­mu­ni­ties.

“Re­gional de­vel­op­ment ef­forts are hin­dered by the on­go­ing use of FIFO work prac­tices,” he said.

“This prac­tice dis­cour­ages work­ers from liv­ing in ex­ist­ing towns and con­tribut­ing to the lo­cal econ­omy and com­mu­nity.”

Mr Grills said WA’s re­gional lo­cal gov­ern­ments needed to band to­gether to lobby Fed­eral politi­cians to re­form the tax.

A 2013 House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives stand­ing com­mit­tee re­port rec­om­mended changes to fringe ben­e­fits to re­duce the use of FIFO work­forces and en­cour­age the de­vel­op­ment of re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

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