Self-Education Expenses

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Individuals who partake in self-education may be able to claim a deduction for their expenses if the education is related to their work or if they receive a taxable bonded scholarship.

Courses eligible for claim

You are only eligible to receive a deduction if the course has a sufficient connection:

  • To your current role and maintains or improves specific skills and knowledge that are required for your current role.
  • Results in, or will most likely result in a pay rise from your current place of employment

Courses ineligible for claim

The type of self-education courses that do not qualify for deduction include:

  • Ones only generally relates to your current role or profession
  • Ones which will allow you to transfer into a new role

Course expenses covered

If the course is eligible, then you will be able to claim against:

  • Tuition fees (if you pay them, not if somebody else pays them)
  • Computer consumables
  • Textbooks
  • Trade, professional or academic journals
  • Stationery
  • Home office running costs
  • Internet usage
  • Phone calls
  • Postage
  • Student services and amenities fees
  • Travel costs (such as car expenses, between home and place of education, between workplace and place of education – but conditions apply to this)
  • Fees payable on some Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans (but not the loan itself).


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