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Fuel Tax Credits Update - 18/19

The fuel tax credit rates below have changed, effective 1 August 2018. Different fuel tax credit rates will need to be claimed for fuel acquired before and after August 1.

Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate:
15.4 cents per litre (previously 15.1 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 4
1.2 cents per litre (previously 40.9 c per litre).

For fuel tax credit rates lists please click
here.
For the ATO fuel tax credit calculators please click 
here.

Please call our office should you have any queries.

The ATO has released Taxation Determination TD 2018/11 which can be viewed here.

Reasonable travel allowance claims for employee truck drivers in 2018/19 is $24.70 for breakfast, $28.15 for lunch and $48.60 for dinner.

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Loading/ Unloading Payment Update

From an employer's perspective there has always been some confusion surrounding the requirement to pay drivers loading / unloading. The recent decision in Laycock v J & C Independent Carriers Pty Ltd [2018] FCCA 6 which examined the issue of when a driver is entitled to be paid the loading/unloading allowance under the Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award 2010 (LDO Award) has helped to clarify this.

The main take-out message from this decision is that to be entitled to be paid the loading/unloading allowance an employee must be 'physically engaged' and this clearly means a level of physicality above and beyond unclipping straps and sliding curtains open or closed.

For further information please click the link

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Further Transport Award Update 2018/19


A version of the updated road transport and distribution award can be found here

Main Short Distance updated rates for 2018/19 are:
 
Grade Minimum weekly pay rate Minimum hourly rate
1 $761.70 $20.04
2 $780.90 $20.55
3 $790.50 $20.80
4 $805.00 $21.18
5 $815.10 $21.45
6 $824.50 $21.70
7 $836.50 $22.01
8 $860.80 $22.65
9 $875.20 $23.03
10 $896.90 $23.60

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Transport Award Updates 2018/19

This post contains information on the updated award rates for transport employees.


A version of the updated long distance driver award can be found here

Main Long Distance updated rates for 2018/19 are:

Grade

Minimum weekly pay rate

Minimum hourly drive rate

Minimum cents per kilometre

1

$790.50

$30.83

$0.4111

2

$805.00

$31.40

$0.4186

3

$815.10

$31.79

$0.4239

4

$824.50

$32.16

$0.4287

5

$836.50

$32.62

$0.4350

6

$860.80

$33.57

$0.4476

7

$875.20

$34.13

$0.4551

8

$896.90

$34.98

$0.4664



Major rest break allowance payable when a driver sleeps overnight in the truck cabin has been changed to $39.76 for 2018/19.

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Fuel Tax Credits Update 01/02

The fuel tax credit rates below have changed, effective 5 February 2018. Different fuel tax credit rates will need to be claimed for fuel acquired before and after February 5.


Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate:
15.1 cents per litre (previously 14.5 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 40
.9 cents per litre (previously 40.3 c per litre).

For fuel tax credit rates lists please click 
here.
For the ATO fuel tax credit calculators please click 
here.

Please call our office should you have any queries.

ATO Overturns Meal Allowance

The ATO has reinstated the former meal allowance for truck drivers.

Previously as introduced in July of this year the daily amount available to claim was $55.30.

This has been returned to $24.25 for  breakfast, $27.65 for lunch and $47.70 for dinner.

To read the full article click here.

Fuel Tax Credits Update

The fuel tax credit rates below have changed, effective 1 August 2017. Different fuel tax credit rates will need to be claimed for fuel acquired before and after August 1.

Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate: 14.5 cents per litre (previously 14.2 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 40.3 cents per litre (previously 40.1 c per litre).

For fuel tax credit rates lists please click here
.
For the ATO fuel tax credit calculators please click here.

Please call our office should you have any queries.


The ATO has released Taxation Determination TD 2017/19 which can be viewed here.
 
Reasonable travel allowance expense claims for employee truck drivers in 2017/18 is $55.30 per day (down from $97.40 per day in 2016/17).
 
If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding these rates, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Transport Award Updates 2017/18

This blog contains information on the updated award rates for transport employees.

Road Transport (Long Distance) Award  (downloads a file)
   
Extended version can be found here

Road Transport & Distribution Award (downloads a file)           

Main Long Distance updated rates for 2017/18 are:
Grade Minimum cents per kilometre Minimum per hour
1 39.72 $29.79
2 40.45 $30.33
3 40.95 $30.71
4 41.42 $31.07
5 42.03 $31.52
6 43.25 $32.44
7 43.97 $32.98
8 45.06 $33.80

Major rest break allowance payable when a driver sleeps overnight in the truck cabin is unchanged at $38.43 for 2017/18.

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.