AUSTRALIAN TAX TREATIES
The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the MLI) has modified the application of this tax treaty. A synthesised text of the MLI and this tax treaty is available to facilitate the understanding of how the MLI modifies this tax treaty.
Income from real property may be taxed in the Contracting State in which the real property is situated. (2)
In this Article, the term " real property " :
(a) in the case of Australia, has the meaning which it has under the laws of Australia, and shall also include:
(i) a lease of land and any other interest in or over land, whether improved or not; and
(ii) a right to receive variable or fixed payments as consideration for the working of, or the right to work or to explore for, mineral deposits, oil or gas wells, quarries or other places of extraction or exploitation of natural resources; and
(b) in the case of Malta, means immovable property according to the laws of Malta, and shall also include:
(i) property accessory to immovable property;
(ii) rights to which the provisions of the general law respecting landed property apply;
(iii) usufruct of immovable property; and
(iv) rights to variable or fixed payments in respect of the operation of mines or quarries or of the exploitation of or exploration for any natural resources.
Ships, boats and aircraft shall not be regarded as real property.(3)
A lease of land, any other interest in or over land and any right referred to in any of the subparagraphs of paragraph (2) shall be regarded as situated where the land, mineral deposits, oil or gas wells, quarries or natural resources, as the case may be, are situated or the exploration may take place. (4)
The provisions of paragraph (1) shall apply to income derived from the direct use, letting or use in any other form of real property. (5)
The provisions of paragraphs (1), (3) and (4) shall also apply to the income from real property of an enterprise and to income from real property used for the performance of professional services.