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  • Tax exemptions for disaster relief payments

    The Government's changes to make disaster relief payments received by individuals as a result of the 2019-20 bushfires tax exempt, are now law. (See aph.gov.au).

    The following payments are non-assessable non-exempt income:

    • government support payments to volunteer firefighters in relation to the 2019-20 bushfires
    • all relief and recovery payments and benefits provided by Australian governments in relation to the 2019-20 bushfires.
    • Affected payments include payments of Disaster Recovery Allowance relating to the bushfires under the Social Security Act 1991 and payments by the States or Territories relating to the bushfires under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements 2018.

    Legislation and supporting material

    The Treasury Laws Amendment (2019-20 Bushfire Tax Assistance) Bill 2020External Link received Royal Assent on 13 February 2020.

    If you, or anyone you know, has been affected by this disaster and need assistance, visit our dedicated webpage Bushfires 2019–20 or phone us on 1800 806 218 when you are ready.

    See also:

    Bushfires 2019-20

    Prime Minister's media release 29 December 2019External Link

    Treasurer's media release 8 January 2020External Link

      Last modified: 14 Feb 2020QC 61101