Best Tax Deductions to Claim for FIFO Workers

FIFO Workers work long distances from their home and consequently fly to and from work (every 2 – 6 weeks).

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $2,340.55
  • Employment size: 84,000
  • Future growth: Moderate
  • Skill level: Certificate III

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if required to transport bulky equipment and there is no secure storage at the workplace.
  • Telephone and internet – work %.
  • Protective clothing and equipment including fire-resistant clothing, safety-coloured vests, steel-capped boots, breathing masks, gloves, and overalls.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses and sunscreen lotions – includes prescription sunglasses which are photo-chromatic glasses which have filtering and glare-reducing qualities similar to sunglasses.
  • Union fees, machinery operating licences, registrations, and subscriptions.
  • Computers, travel bags, overnight bags, suitcases, luggage trolleys, tools and equipment.
  • Medical examination, drug or alcohol tests for work.
  • Courses, seminars and self-education expenses.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces or for training.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Travelling between home and the place of departure (airport) under fly-in/fly-out arrangements – e.g. taxi fares to the airport are non-deductible.
  • Alcohol consumed at work functions/events or that has the character of entertainment.
  • Relocation expenses if required to relocate closer to a new employment site.
  • Security checks prior to getting a job.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Transporting heavy or bulky equipment
  • Self-education expenses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Protective clothing
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Home office running expenses


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