• Employment organisations

    Employment organisations are employee associations, employer associations or trade unions.

    Income tax exemption checklist – Employment organisations

    Your organisation will be exempt from income tax, and can self-assess its exemption, if it meets all of the following requirements:

    • it is one of the following types of organisations
      • a trade union
      • an employee association that is registered or recognised under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 or an Australian law relating to the settlement of industrial disputes.
      • an employer association that is registered or recognised under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 or an Australian law relating to the settlement of industrial disputes - an employer association that is not registered cannot qualify as a trade union.
       
    • it is not a charity
    • it complies with all the substantive requirements in its governing rules
    • it applies its income and assets solely for the purpose for which it is established
    • it meets further conditions for exemption.

    Further conditions

    For an employment organisation that is not a charity to be exempt from income tax, it must meet both of the following conditions:

    • be located in Australia
    • pursue its objectives and incur its expenditure principally in Australia.

    Principally means mainly or chiefly. Less than 50% is not considered principally.

    The pursuit of objectives in Australia can include things done offshore if they are only a means of pursuing those objectives. For example, sending employees to an offshore conference to aid their efficiency for the Australian objectives will be pursuing objectives in Australia.

    You will also meet these conditions if your organisation exists, operates, pursues its objectives and incurs its expenditure solely and entirely in Australia.

    See also:

    If your organisation does not meet all the requirements for exemption for this category, you should check the other exemption categories in the Types of income tax exempt organisations.

    Last modified: 20 Jul 2015QC 46336