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Remote Area Tax Concessions and Payments

What is a study?

  • Why the study?
  • Issues paper
  • Draft report
  • Final report

What we’ve been asked to look at

The study will examine the operation and impacts of the zone tax offset and related remote area tax concessions and payments, and provide recommendations on the appropriate form and function of such assistance into the future.

The Commission will be consulting widely, including in regional Australia.

Read the Terms of Reference Media release

Issues paper release and initial submissions

The Commission plans to release an issues paper to guide people in preparing a submission. It sets out some of the issues and questions the Commission has identified as relevant at this early stage of the inquiry. Participants should provide evidence to support their views, including data and specific examples where possible.

The issues paper will be released in March 2019.

Initial submissions are be due by early May 2019.

Draft report release and public hearings

The Commission will seek further information and feedback following the expected release of a draft report at a date to be advised.

Final report to Government and release

The final inquiry report is to be handed to the Australian Government in February 2020.

The release of the final report by the Government is the final step in the process.

Under the Productivity Commission Act 1998, the Government is required to table the report in each House of the Parliament within 25 sitting days of receipt.

Initial submissions

due in early May 2019

Make a submission

or Make a brief comment anytime

Next milestone

Release of issues paper in March 2019.


Who are the Commissioners?

Jonathan Coppel
Presiding Commissioner
Paul Lindwall

Who to contact

Pragya Giri
Ph: 02 6240 3250


Free call: 1800 020 083

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