Travel Expenses and Car Expenses
You can claim if you are required to travel away from your home overnight, for example, a mobile job, a conference, seminar, training course or industry promotion. This could include meals, accommodation and incidental expenses that come out of your pocket.
You can claim a deduction for the cost of using your car when you drive:
- Between separate jobs on the same day – for example, from your hairdresser job to a second job with another employer
- To and from an alternate workplace for the same employer on the same day, such as a different salon
- Business-related travel to places such as a non full-day training session, visiting a supplier
For employees, car costs can be claimed under cents per km or the logbook method. Find out details on claiming for motor vehicle expenses
You can’t claim if the travel is paid for, or you are reimbursed by your employer or another person. Receiving a travel allowance from your employer doesn’t mean you can automatically claim a deduction. You still need to show that you were away overnight, you spent the money yourself, and the travel was directly related to earning your employment income.
You generally can’t claim the cost of normal car trips between home and work, even if you work outside normal hours. This includes parking fees and tolls when you drive to and from work.