A Bill granting tax relief to individuals who received payments in relation to the 2019-20 bushfires has passed in Parliament and is now law.

The Bill provides that certain Government payments relating to the recent bushfires will be non-assessable non-exempt income for tax purposes. This specifically includes:

  • payments made to volunteer firefighters to compensate them for loss of income as a result of volunteering, and
  • payments of ‘Disaster Recovery Assistance’ to taxpayers impacted by the bushfires.

However, it is important to note that there are still a range of payments not covered by these changes. For example, payments relating to employment (i.e., payments made to government employees) and payments of workers compensation would normally still be taxable to the recipient.