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  • Travel between home and work and between workplaces

    Trips between home and work are generally considered private travel. In some circumstances, you can claim a deduction for travel between home and work, as well as for some travel between two workplaces.

    If your travel was partly private, you can only claim what you incurred in the course of performing your work duties.

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    What you can claim

    You can claim the cost of travelling:

    • directly between two separate workplaces – for example, when you have a second job (if one of these places isn't your home)
    • from your normal workplace to an alternative workplace that is not a regular workplace (for example, a client's premises) while still on duty, and back to your normal workplace or directly home
    • if your home was a base of employment – you're required to start your work at home then travel to a workplace to continue your work for the same employer
    • if you had shifting places of employment – you regularly work at more than one site each day before returning home
    • from your home to an alternative workplace that is not a regular workplace for work purposes, and then to your normal workplace or directly home. This doesn't apply where the alternative workplace has become a regular workplace
    • if you need to carry bulky tools or equipment that your employer requires you to use for work which you can't leave at your workplace – for example, an extension ladder or a cello.

    What you can't claim

    You can't claim the cost of driving your car between work and home just because:

    • you do minor work-related tasks – for example, picking up the mail on the way to work or home
    • you have to drive between your home and your workplace more than once a day
    • you are on call – for example, you are on stand-by duty and your employer contacts you at home to come into work
    • there is no public transport near where you work
    • you work outside normal business hours – for example, shift work or overtime
    • your home was a place where you ran your own business and you travelled directly to a place of work where you worked for somebody else
    • you do some work at home.

    Watch: Transporting bulky tools and equipment

    Media: Transporting bulky tools and equipment
    http://tv.ato.gov.au/ato-tv/media?v=bd1bdiubx7d1ysExternal Link (Duration: 00:52)

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    Itinerant work

    You can't count your home as a workplace unless you carry out itinerant work.

    If you do itinerant work (or have shifting places of work) you can claim the cost for driving between workplaces and your home. The following factors may indicate you do itinerant work:

    • Travel is a fundamental part of your work, as the very nature of your work, not just because it is convenient to you or your employer.
    • You have a 'web' of work places you travel to, throughout the day.
    • You continually travel from one work site to another.
    • Your home is a base of operations – if you start work at home and can't complete it until you attend your work site.
    • You are often uncertain of the location of your work site.
    • Your employer provides an allowance in recognition of your need to travel continually between different work sites and you use this allowance to pay for your travel.

    Example

    Valerie is a fruit picker. She doesn't have a regular circuit, but organises her next job before completing the work at the current farm. Valerie normally works and lives at many properties before returning home, remaining at each farm for two to three weeks.

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    Last modified: 30 May 2019QC 31983