Automated Self Help Online Relocation Program to ALL Australian Cities

VirtualRelocator™ Enables Organisations to manage, report-on and deploy their own branded and fully automated self service relocation assistance model that is tailored to support the attraction, relocation and resettlement of their workers to ALL cities and so provide relocation assistance
as standard to all.

Tailoring VirtualRelocator™ for your organisation can:
Attract the right people to the right locations
Deliver an automated self-service relocation & resettlement strategy
Provide an enterprise tailored induction that integrates your Policies effectively
Provide your recruitment team with a tool to get the candidate over-the-line
Compliment & strengthen your current methods
Suit your whole mobile population
Engage more effectively with the worker but reduce call and email traffic
Integrate and enhance ALL your suppliers
Deliver a more holistic experience for your sponsored family
Be easily administered in-house and track your user data
Make remote locations come alive

Online Interactive Australian City Destination Information

VirtualRelocator™ is Australia’s only interactive relocation software program that’s been purpose-built for international or domestic movers to major Australian cities and regional centers and revolutionises the delivery of online destination information.

VirtualRelocator™ Empowers Movers with the most comprehensive and current information to all Australian cities, delivered in an easy-to-use and personalized interactive online format that actively introduces people to the new city, sorts information based on their needs and guides them through the process of their relocation.

Like 8,000 Other New Arrivals people can:
Receive a 6 month relocation program
Independently research their chosen city
Drill down to suitable areas, houses and schools
Make informed decisions and pre-arrival contact
Action many practical tasks before arrival
Prepare the family & manage their expectations
Develop an action plan for arrival
Understand the new city’s Cost-of-Living
Have unlimited access to your chosen city for 6 months
Have a go-to resource to answer ALL their questions
Get independent advice and recommendations

New Living Away From Home Declarations Released

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has recently released a series of new living away from home declarations (the declarations) as a result of the legislative reforms to the taxation treatment of living away from home allowance (LAFHA).
Background
An employee who lives away from his/her normal residence during a fringe benefits tax (FBT) year is required to provide his/her employer a declaration, in a form approved by the Commissioner, by the date of lodgement of the FBT return, containing the following details:
• the employee’s normal residence; and
• the place at which the employee resided during the period he/she received the LAFHA.
To that end the ATO has released the following types of LAFH declarations, to be completed according to the circumstances of the employee:
• The employee received a LAFHA before 1 October 2012 or is a permanent resident qualifying for the transitional rules from 1 October 2012;
• The employee works on a fly-in fly-out (FIFO) or drive-in drive-out (DIDO) basis;
• The employee received a LAFHA from 1 October 2012 and maintains an Australian home.
It should be noted that unlike the previous versions of the declarations, the employee is also required to complete a declaration setting out the accommodation expenses incurred as well as food and drink expenses that are not considered reasonable.
Where the employee provides a declaration to the employer, the employee must retain the relevant documents to substantiate the expenses incurred for a period of five years from the declaration date.
Copies of the declarations and further details can be found using the following link:

http://www.ato.gov.au/businesses/content.aspx?doc=/content/00335807.htm

Comments
Employers should ensure that appropriate measures are in place to enable their employees who are receiving LAFHAs to complete the correct declarations.
However, it remains uncertain as to whether the ATO would exercise any discretion with respect to scenarios where employers has taken reasonable care in requiring employees to complete the appropriate declarations but subsequently found to be incorrect by the ATO during an audit.
Questions

Please do not hesitate to contact Michael van Schaik, Associate Director, Employment & Remuneration Services on + 61 3 8635 1835.

VirtualRelocator releases new website

Relocations-made-easy p/l is a digital publisher of independent, current and quality interactive online Australian destination city information and the owner of VirtualRelocator™, Australia’s only custom built relocation software program, developed to facilitate self-service relocation assistance for international or domestic movers to major Australian cities and regional centers.