Can anyone tell me if I have to pay tax in Australia? I have permanent residence in Australia but before I got the permanent residence I had a contract via a UK firm to work in Saudi Arabia. I am paid in pounds sterling under the Uk system and get a UK payslip. My wife, who is Australian stays at home in Australia while I am away working. Certainly until end of June 2009 I did not have to pay tax. I believe changes have been made to the tax legislation from 1st July 2009. My contract will only end sometime in the first quarter of 2010 at which time I will go home and hopefully have a job back in Australia. I am originally from the UK.