What’s salary packaging all about?

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just why salary packaging plays such an important part in Australian community life. We tend to see it only in terms of what it can do for us – i.e. provide an opportunity to save money – and we forget the valuable (even critical) contribution it makes to Australia’s public hospital and not-for-profit sectors.

By using the tax-free cap salary packaging concessions hospitals and not-for-profits are able to take money that would otherwise be required to fund salary and use it instead to increase service provision. “What sort of services?” you might ask – well we’ve asked The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA, one of our new packaging clients, to give you an idea . . .

About The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA

Through our vision of uncompromising care, The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will bring hope and empowerment to help improve the lives of everyone living with cancer, no matter who they are or what type of cancer they have.

All of us will be touched by cancer in some way, whether it’s our own diagnosis or that of a family member, friend or workmate. The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will bring together all elements of cancer research, treatment, care and support within one centre of excellence. We will offer the latest research and technology, advanced medical and complementary therapies, as well as emotional support and sanctuary in one place. We will turn new discoveries into better cancer care for our patients. We want to make things easier for people with cancer, their friends, families and carers. We aim to put people first so that those diagnosed with cancer no longer feel alone negotiating the many confusing elements in dealing with their illness.

In addition to building the new cancer centre, The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA continues to support the activities of the existing Sydney Cancer Centre. Over the next three years, whilst our new organisation and facilities are being built, the Sydney Cancer Centre at RPAH will treat several thousand patients living with cancer. These people need and deserve the best possible care and support. Donations made to The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA will help to make this possible, by providing funds for research and clinical programs. Donations are also used to help with the construction of the new facility.

Significant progress has been made on The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA. Demolition work commenced on site in early 2010 and construction of the new facility will commence later this year. The new facility will open its doors in 2013.

So while salary packaging does help you to save money, it also helps Lifehouse to provide care to Australian cancer victims. Now that’s what I call a ‘win-win’ situation.

If you want to know more about Lifehouse then I’d encourage you to have a look at their website and see some of their inspirational videos . . .

Deven Billimoria
Chief Executive Officer

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