Thousands of self drive in / drive out mining employees each owe Bob Millikin from Salary Packaging Gurus a beer or two!
When the draft legislation for the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) changes was released in July 2012, only employees who were flown and driven to the worksite in employer provided transport, were exempted from the 12 month timeframe limit and own residence availability conditions.
This meant that the thousands of employees, typically in the mining industry, who drive their own cars long distances to and from the worksite, at the start and end of their (say) 7 days on, 7 days off shift would not have been eligible for the concessions.
Bob Millikin from Salary Packaging Gurus contacted a long term colleague who is on the Board of Taxation, about this alarming legislative oversight. He then referred Bob Millikin to the Federal Treasury Officer who was in charge of the L.A.F.H.A changes.
Bob explained to the Treasury official (who was extremely helpful) about the unintended consequences that would affect thousands of employee’s.
Bob also kept the federal and state mining industry associations in the loop.
The result of Bob’s input was that the self drive in / self drive out staff have now got the same Living Away From Home Allowance concessions as the Perth based staff who fly in /fly out to the Kimberley’s.
This was a win for common sense and was the outcome that the Federal Government intended. However this would not have occurred without Bob Millikin’s input.
It seems that Bob Millikin from Salary Packaging Gurus was the only person to initially discover the unintended disadvantage, which would have affected self drive in / self drive out mining industry staff.