A resident individual is subject to Australian income tax on a worldwide basis, i.e. income from both Australian and foreign sources (except for certain foreign income and gains of temporary residents; see Capital gains under the Income determination section for more information).
A non-resident individual is liable to Australian income tax only on income (other than interest, royalties, and dividends, which are generally subject to withholding tax [WHT]) derived from sources in Australia, and certain statutory income that is taxable on a basis other than source (e.g. certain capital gains).
Australia has no surtaxes, alternative, or other income taxes on personal income.
Personal income tax (PIT) rates
The following tables sets out the PIT rates that currently apply to resident and non-resident individuals for the year ending 30 June 2022. These rates and thresholds are planned to continue until 30 June 2024, after which the next legislated phase of the tax cuts will take effect from 1 July 2024, whereby the 32.5% and 37% marginal tax rates will be removed, resulting in around 94% of Australian taxpayers facing a marginal tax rate of 30% or less in the 2024/25 and later income years.
The following table applies to the 2021/22 and later financial years until 30 June 2024.
|Taxable Income (AUD)||Tax on column 1 (AUD)||Income tax on excess (%)|
Note: This table does not include the Medicare levy of an additional 2% of taxable income, which applies to most residents. An additional Medicare levy surcharge of between 1% and 1.5% applies to certain higher income taxpayers not covered by health insurance for private patient hospital cover. Special rates apply to unearned income of children below the age of 18 years at year end where that income is more than AUD 416.
In addition, the above table does not include tax offsets, including the Low Income Tax Offset (maximum of AUD 700 for those earning up to AUD 37,500) and the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (maximum of AUD 1,500) that can apply to reduce the overall tax payable for those with taxable income of less than AUD 126,000 (note that the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset does not apply after the 2021/22 income year).
2021/22 financial year:
|Taxable income (AUD)||Tax on column 1 (AUD)||Income tax on excess (%)|
Note: Non-residents are not required to pay the Medicare levy in Australia.
The above does not take into account any tax offsets that may apply.
Working holiday makers
Special income tax rates apply to a working holiday maker who is typically an individual holding a temporary working holiday visa or a work and holiday visa in Australia. The first AUD 45,000 of a working holiday makers' income (broadly, the assessable income derived from sources in Australia, less related deductions) is taxed at 15%, with the balance taxed at ordinary rates.
Local income taxes
There are no local taxes on personal income in Australia.