Eating out can save you money

Whether it’s quality time with friends and family over a good meal at your favourite café, a fine dining experience with that special someone, a weekend away or even a big overseas holiday. All are more affordable and more achievable when you salary package entertainment benefits.

It’s a great way to enjoy additional tax savings, stretch your pay packet further and start enjoying life more. You can use up to $2,650 of your pre-tax income per year in addition to your tax-free limit for living expenses.

Meal entertainment

Includes meals and drinks consumed at a restaurant, cafe, tavern or hotel. You can even pay for the taxi fares to travel to and from the venue. You can also use this benefit to pay for an external supplier to cater a private event.

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has advised that for the 2020/21 FBT year (1 April 2020-31 March 2021), Meal entertainment can be used to purchase takeaway and home delivered meals, from a restaurant, café or pub, providing the venue previously had a dine-in option. This includes purchases made from these venues through home delivery services such as Menulog, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

Holiday accommodation and venue hire

This benefit allows you to salary package holiday accommodation including hotel or motel rooms, apartment or holiday house, car hire while on holidays (the car hire must be part of a "package" holiday where all costs have been bundled into a single price), the hire of a reception venue, private function room or marquee.

How does it work?

Simply nominate the amount of pre-tax funds to be allocated to entertainment benefit (up to a maximum of $2,650 each FBT year) and then pay for eligible meal and entertainment expenses with your salary packaging card or make a claim so we can repay you from your salary packaging funds.

If you choose the AccessPay card, you simply pay as you go. There’s no need to submit claims or receipts – just present the card to pay the bill and it’ll be automatically deducted from your entertainment account. How easy is that!

Things to note

  • To make the most of this benefit, you need to reduce the balance on your card to $0 by 31 March each year as you cannot carry over any remaining balance to the next FBT year.
  • You can’t withdraw cash or add money to the card.
  • You card can’t be used for direct debit or BPay payments.
  • If you are planning to use your card overseas, please note there will be a 2.99% foreign exchange fee.