The Queensland State Government offers payroll tax exemptions for the employers of fire service volunteers whist they are away from their normal job and are engaged in emergency service tasks.

The following content is an extract from a QLD RFS Bulletin:

The Queensland, Department of Community Safety (DSC) DCS acknowledges the significant contribution to the community made by employers when releasing staff from work responsibilities to respond to emergencies. Businesses release their staff at their own cost, and an employer must give consideration to the operability of their business when considering employee leave.

As an incentive and in recognition of their support, employers whose staff members volunteer for the DCS are offered an exemption on payroll tax for the hours staff spend away from work serving the community. This exemption recognises the importance of volunteers and the commitment of employers for allowing staff to take time away from work to assist in emergency operations.

Would this be a good idea for NSW?

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