Term Definition
tax default

A payroll tax default occurs when a taxpayer fails to pay tax in accordance with the Payroll Tax Act (Pay-roll Tax Assessment Act in WA). Two types of tax default can occur:

Late Payment Tax Default – occurs when the correct amount of payroll tax is paid in full after the due date but before any action has been taken by the Commissioner.

Tax Shortfall Tax Default – any tax default, other than late payment.

taxable wages

Means wages that are taxable in the respective state or territory. It does not include exempt wages. 

termination payment

A payment made in consequence of the retirement from, or termination of, any office or employment of an employee. This includes:

  • unused annual leave and long service leave payments; 

  • employment termination payments, within the meaning of section 82-130 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (‘ITAA’), that would be included in the assessable income of an employee under Part 2-40 of the ITAA; 

  • transitional termination payments, within the meaning of section 82-10 of the Income Tax (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and any payment that would be an employment termination payment but for the fact that it was received more than 12 months after the termination; 

  • amounts paid or payable by a company as a consequence of terminating the services or office of a director; 

  • amounts paid or payable by a person taken to be an employer under the contractor provisions as a consequence of termination of the supply of services by a person taken to be an employee under those provisions. 


Means the Australian Capital Territory (including the Jervis Bay Territory) and the Northern Territory.


See Exemption threshold.

top-up payments

see make-up pay