Employees are more mobile than ever before. If you’re moving employees in and out of Australia, you’re likely to have many questions about complying with local laws, particularly around work visas, employment contracts and tax requirements.

Our specialist team has experts in immigration and tax advisory services who can advise on all your global mobility needs, whether you are a large multinational or a small corporation.

We make it easy for you to grow your business, retain your people, move your people around the world and comply with Australian laws.

We advise on issues including:

  • Immigration (advising and preparing work visas)
  • Employment documentation (preparing employment contracts) and ongoing employment and business migration advice
  • Tax (income tax, FBT, GST, PAYG, employment and FITO)
  • Superannuation compliance and planning
  • Employee tax affairs

You may have some of the following questions, which we can help with.

Immigration

In sending my employees to Australia, what visas do they need?

If my employee has a business tourist visa, can they work in Australia?

Are there differences between temporary and permanent visas?

Is there a minimum rate my employees need to be paid in Australia?

Tax

What is the best way to package benefits for employees who are coming to work in Australia?

If I provide housing, car, cell phone, computer and other benefits to an employee relocating to Australia – will this result in a Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) liability for me?

How do I comply with income tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and State based taxes?

Am I protected by double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Australia?

Will my employee be able to claim a Foreign Income Tax Offset (FITO)?

Do I have obligations to provide a pension or ‘superannuation’ for my employee in Australia?

Will my employee have their own self-managed superannuation fund? Or will I use an industry superannuation fund?

Will my employee need assistance dealing with their tax planning and compliance with local/foreign income tax obligations?

Is my employee moving with their family and will they have time to address their own affairs relating to their global assets?

Will my employee be eligible for Medicare?

Understanding these issues is essential if you plan on moving employees in and out of Australia and you want to provide an attractive salary package to optimise your employees’ performance, while complying with Australian laws.

Contact our team for more information.

Peter Murray
Partner – Head of Tax
T +61 3 9603 3686
M +61 411 234 262
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Mark Dunphy
Partner – Employment
T +61 3 9603 3591
M +61 409 808 503
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Kristopher Kunasingam
Special Counsel / Migration Consultant MARN 1383426
T +61 3 9603 3530
M +61 419 370 104
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Jillian Howard
Special Counsel / Migration Consultant MARN 1460940
T +61 8 9482 7966
M +61 401 136 112
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