House debates

Thursday, 8 September 2022


Income Tax Amendment (Labour Mobility Program) Bill 2022; Second Reading

10:05 am

Photo of Stephen JonesStephen Jones (Whitlam, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Treasurer) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Income Tax Amendment (Labour Mobility Program) Bill 2022 makes amendments which support schedule 1 to the Treasury Laws Amendment (2022 Measures No. 4) Bill 2022. Together these bills ensure that foreign resident workers participating in the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme will pay a final withholding tax of 15 per cent on income earned under the scheme.

Schedule 1 to the bill specifies that the term 'the Seasonal Labour Mobility Program' will be substituted with 'certain labour mobility programs' to enable relevant workers in the PALM scheme and workers in potential future visa schemes (for which the same tax treatment is appropriate) to access the final 15 per cent withholding tax rate, from the 2022-23 income tax year.

The PALM scheme will help meet workforce shortages in Australia as well as support the economic development of Pacific nations and Timor-Leste.

Further details of the measure are contained within the explanatory memorandum.

Debate adjourned.