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Self-education expenses calculator

Check your eligibility for work related self-education expenses and estimate the deduction you can claim.

Last updated 30 June 2024

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Self-education expenses calculator

Our calculator takes between 5 and 10 minutes to use.

What you can do with this calculator

This calculator will check your eligibility to claim a deduction and helps you to estimate the deduction you can claim for work-related self-education expenses. You can use it for income years 2013–14 to 2023–24.

The results of this calculator are based on the information you provide. You should use these results as an estimate and for guidance purposes only.

Work-related self-education expenses are costs you incur to:

  • undertake a course at an educational institution (whether they lead to a formal qualification or not)
  • undertake a course by a professional or industry organisation
  • attend a work-related conference or seminar
  • complete self-paced learning and study tours (whether within Australia or overseas).

You can't claim a deduction for self-education expenses for a course that:

  • relates only in a general way to your current employment or profession
  • will enable you to get new employment.

You can't claim any deductions for self-education against government assistance payments, including Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance.

You generally can't claim the first $250 of expenses for Self-education expenses incurred before 1 July 2022.

What you will need

You will need to enter amounts for:

  • self-education expenses you incur during the income year
  • the decline in value of depreciating assets used for self-education purposes
  • car expenses relating to your self-education.

If you have decline in value amounts to claim, before you begin your self–education calculation, you can use the Depreciation and capital allowances toolThis link opens in a new window to help calculate decline in value amounts.

You will also need to have records that show you spent the money and how it relates to your self-education and employment. See, Keeping records for self-education expenses.

What else you can do

Find out more about expenses you can and can’t claim, records you need, and how to apportion self-education expenses.