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Bushfire relief update

February 03, 2020

With cooler weather in the short term and some interim relief from the devastating bushfires, there still could be warmer weather ahead to remind us that the threat is far from over. Please take care and be mindful of the danger that working in this heat can pose to you and your staff. You can find more information on working in heat here.

HIA is still connecting members who can help with those who need help and also working with government agencies to do whatever we can to assist, whether it be providing temporary accommodation, rebuilding, repairs, new tools and anything else that will help members get back up and running.

We have welcomed the Victorian Government’s  announcements for a range of tax relief measures for people and businesses affected by bushfires including:

  • Land tax relief on properties that have been affected by bushfires or are used to provide free accommodation for people displaced by bushfires.
  • Land transfer duty (stamp duty) relief for people who need to replace homes destroyed by bushfires.
  • Reduced land transfer duty (stamp duty) on purchases of commercial or industrial property in bushfire affected local government areas.
  • Reduced payroll tax for regional employers with a registered address in a bushfire affected local government area.
  • Motor vehicle duty relief for people who need to replace vehicles destroyed by bushfires.
  • The Government has also put land tax assessments on hold for people who live or own land in bushfire affected areas.

Read more about the tax relief measures from the Victorian State Government,  and HIA's response to State Government Relief