Jul 16, 2013
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has delivered a submission to Treasury in response to the discussion paper on the Reform to deductions for education expenses, calling for a re-think of the proposed capping of tax deductibility of self-education expenses.
The submission points out that as a condition of their ongoing registration to practice, pharmacists by law must undertake a mandatory amount of continuing professional development, with accredited pharmacists having additional requirements.
The Guild has expressed concern that the proposed cap on self-education expenses would make it harder for pharmacists to meet these requirements and would particularly hurt:
• Rural pharmacists who travel greater distances to access education;
• Younger pharmacists who are building their skills; and
• Female pharmacists preparing to return to work after having children.
The author of the submission, Anthony Tassone, National Director, Guild Pharmacy Academy said today that ‘The Guild is opposed to the cap which would make Australia less competitive as a country and would particularly hurt younger pharmacists, female pharmacists returning to the workforce and pharmacists practising in rural areas. A cap on deductible education expenses will lead to a lower skilled workforce across many sectors, particularly health and pharmacy.’
‘If there is rorting going on, it should be identified and stamped out rather than disadvantaging hard working pharmacists who are ensuring they have the skills to meet the needs of their patients.’
‘The proposed cap on deductible education expenses discriminates against registered health practitioners who are required to meet a minimum CPD requirement to maintain registration and the right to practice,’ he said.
The submission can be accessed at http: //www.guild.org.au / news-events /cpd -education-cap-submission . CONTACT: Anthony Tassone, National Director, Guild Pharmacy Academy, on 03 9810 9945