Australian Defence Force members - claiming work-related expenses

About this guide

This guide will help you work out what common work-related expenses you can claim a tax deduction for and the conditions you must meet before you can claim your expenses.

This guide looks at:

  • travel expenses, including motor vehicle expenses
  • uniform, occupation-specific or protective clothing, including laundry and dry-cleaning expenses
  • mess fees and related expenses
  • other expenses, such as phones, computers and laptops.

There may be other deductions you can claim that are not included in this guide. For a list of helpful resources, see More information.

For comprehensive information about tax deductions specifically for members of the Australian Defence Force, refer to TR 95/17 - Income tax: employee work-related deductions of employees of the Australian Defence Force.


When you sign the declaration your tax return, you are declaring that:

  • everything you have told us is true
  • you can support your claims with written evidence.
    Last modified: 06 Jul 2016QC 26110