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  • You can claim the cost of using a car you own when you
    • between separate jobs on the same day – for example,
    travelling from your main job as a mechanical engineer
    to your second job as a university lecturer
    • to and from an alternate workplace for the same
    employer on the same day – for example, travelling from
    your office to a job site.
    In limited circumstances you can claim the cost of trips
    between home and work, where you carry bulky tools or
    equipment for work.

  • You can claim a deduction for the cost of these trips if:
    • the tools or equipment are essential to perform your
    employment duties the tools or equipment are bulky
    and you don’t carry them merely as a matter of choice
    • there is no secure storage for the items at the

  • You generally can’t claim the cost of trips between home
    and work, even if you live a long way from your usual
    workplace or work outside normal business hours.
    If you claim car expenses, you can use the logbook method
    or the cents per kilometre method.


  • You can claim a deduction for self-education and
    study expenses if they directly relate to your current
    employment as an engineer and they:
    • maintain or improve the skills and knowledge you need
    for your current duties
    • result in or are likely to result in an increase in your
    income from your current employment.

  • You can’t claim a deduction if your study is only related
    in a general way to your current job or is designed to help
    you get a new job.


You can only claim the work‑related part of expenses. You can’t claim
a deduction for any part of the expense that relates to personal use.

  • You must have a record to prove it

  • You must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed

  • It must be directly related to earning your income


  • You can claim the work-related portion of running
    expenses for your home office when you work from home,
    including the decline in value of your office equipment,
    internet costs and electricity for heating, cooling and
    You can only claim a deduction for the additional running
    costs incurred as a result of working from home. For
    example, if you work in your lounge room when others
    are also present, the cost of lighting and heating or cooling
    that room is not deductible because there is no additional
    cost for those expenses as a result of you working from
    To work out your home office expenses, you can either use
    a fixed rate of 52 cents per hour for each hour that you
    work from home or calculate your actual expenses.

  • You can’t claim occupancy expenses, such as the cost of
    rates, mortgage interest, rent and insurance.


  • You can claim the work-related portion of other
    expenses if they relate to your employment, including:
    • parking fees and tolls
    • phone and internet costs, apportioned for private and
    work use, with records showing a detailed usage pattern
    • renewal of licences, permits, certificates or white cards
    related to your work (but you can’t claim the initial cost
    of getting your licence, permit, card or certificate in
    order to gain employment)
    • technical or professional publications.

  • You generally can’t claim a
    deduction if the cost was met or
    reimbursed by your employer.

  • You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of:
    • Attending social functions, even though these may be
    • Haircuts, grooming, weight loss
    programs or supplies, even
    though the ADF has specific

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