Since 1 July 2017, a lower Victoria payroll tax rate of 3.65% has applied to wages paid by regional employers. This rate was further reduced to 2.425% from 1 July 2018.

The 2019 State Budget announced further payroll tax cuts for regional businesses, from its current rate of 2.425% to 1.2125% by 2022-23, which should be the lowest payroll tax rate in the nation.

This is in addition to the general increase in the payroll tax-free threshold from $650,000 to $700,000 by 2022-23 which is anticipated to benefit up to 1,400 businesses.

Recapping on eligibility for the regional rate:

–      an employer is based in regional Victoria if it either has an ABN and a registered business address in regional Victoria or if it does not have an ABN has its principal place of business in regional Victoria.

–      A regional employer must also pay at least 85% of its monthly Victorian taxable wages to regional employees under both the monthly payroll tax returns and the annual payroll tax return.

For more detail on eligibility, contact us or see our previous article here.

Land transfer duty reductions

In a bid to further encourage growth in regional Victoria, the budget announcement also introduced discounts on land transfer duty for the purchaser of commercial and industrial properties in regional Victoria.

The concession is slated to begin at 10% from 1 July 2019 and increase by 10% annually to eventually provide a 50% discount by 1 July 2023.

For further information or advice, please contact:

Rod Payne
T: 03 5226 8541
E: rpayne@ha.legal


Alasdair Woodford
Senior Associate
T: 03 5225 5217
E: awoodford@ha.legal


Alexander Gulli
T: 03 5226 8573
E: agulli@ha.legal

Paul Gray

Principal - Harwood Andrews

Paul is a Principal at Harwood Andrews. He brings a commercial approach to the law from a broad set of experiences as a business owner, private legal advisor and in-house counsel, and having worked with management teams over many years. Paul is valued for distilling issues down to what is really important and being prepared to make a risk call based on judgement and experience.

Paul’s key areas of practice include:
- commercial contracts and advice;
- business and share capital structuring;
- sale and purchase of business;
- procurement and service arrangements;
- technology, intellectual property, data protection and start-ups;
- consumer law;
- corporate advisory, including , company secretarial and directors' duties, shareholder relations; and
- capital raising and financing requirements

Paul also manages Harwood Andrews’ corporate counsel advisory service, built on a decade of experience as a client and managing legal functions within one of Australia’s biggest corporations.

Paul believes that evolving how legal services are delivered can be a win-win for lawyers and their clients, particularly how on how technology impacts the legal profession, legal advice and the delivery of efficient legal services.

Paul’s professional commitments include:
- Member of the Law Institute of Victoria
- Member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Technology and the Law Committee

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