What is a remote area as per ATO?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) defines a “remote area” based on specific criteria. The ATO uses the term “remote area” to determine certain tax concessions and allowances available to individuals living in these areas.

A remote area is a location that is not in – or adjacent to – an eligible urban area. An eligible urban area is an urban centre

The ATO considers an area to be remote if it meets certain criteria, which may include:

  1. Geographical isolation: The area is located in a remote and sparsely populated region, often far from major cities or urban centers.
  2. Limited access to services and facilities: Remote areas generally have limited access to essential services such as healthcare, education, transportation, and telecommunications.
  3. Limited employment opportunities: These areas often have limited job prospects and may rely heavily on specific industries such as mining, agriculture, or tourism.
  4. Harsh climate or environmental conditions: Remote areas can have challenging weather conditions or unique environmental factors that affect the daily lives of residents.

It’s important to note that the ATO’s definition of remote areas may vary depending on the specific tax concession or allowance being considered. The ATO provides detailed information and specific criteria for each concession or allowance on its official website. If you require precise information regarding remote areas for a particular tax-related purpose, I recommend visiting the ATO website or contacting the ATO directly for the most up-to-date guidelines.