Salary packaging made easy

  • Use salary packaging cards to pay for expenses
  • Lower your taxable income
  • One card pays for groceries, household bills, fuel, retail shopping and work-related purchases
  • A second card pays for meals and entertainment

Working in healthcare can be physically and emotionally taxing. Busy days don’t leave much time to deal with tax of the financial kind. Yet, as a nurse in Australia, there’s a simple way to significantly reduce the amount of income tax you pay and keep more of your salary for yourself.

What is salary packaging?

Salary packaging allows healthcare workers to take advantage of an ATO allowance for your expenses. These expenses are deducted from your salary before tax, making your taxable income lower. You only pay tax on the lower income, not on the total salary. Overall, it means you have more money in your pocket every month.

The cards do the work

You can spend up to $9010 on eligible everyday expenses such as groceries, household bills, fuel, retail shopping and work-related purchases, such as a laptop or clothing. You can even include mortgage repayments, rent, school fees and some insurance premiums. Additionally, you can spend up to $2650 on meals and entertainment.

Big savings for nurses

Salary packaging can enable you to pay less tax, which means more disposable income in your hands. So it’s definitely worth taking the time to consider and register for salary packaging!

Unpacking the myths

Salary packaging seems complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. Even if you have more than one employer, you simply set up salary packaging with each one. It’s not difficult to reach your allowance limits once you’re in the habit of using your cards. There are some salary packaging options that are more detailed, such as novated leases for cars and HECS repayments. Speak to your employee benefits team to learn more.

Pay off a home faster

Paying off a mortgage pre-tax with salary packaging is a great strategy for nurses looking to get on the property ladder. With BankVic, salary packaging does not impact your borrowing capacity. While some lenders will assess your salary packaging as an expense, BankVic has long experience helping healthcare workers with home loans. That's why our lenders will consider your entire income (including overtime payments) when deciding how much you can borrow.

If you would like help to make the most of your salary packaging savings, talk to BankVic. We can help you set up your banking and home loans to achieve your financial goals.

Pop in and see us at one of our hospital branches or call us on 13 63 73 to find out how our savings and lending products are tailored to meet the unique needs of nurses and other health workers.

BankVic is proud to serve Victorians working in health, emergency services and policing.

This article was published on 25 May 2021 and the information was current at that time. Normal lending criteria apply to all loan applications. Salary packaging benefits may vary depending on your personal circumstances. Your employer may charge administration fees for their salary packaging programs. The information in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation or needs. Please consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on this information.