Queensland’s building regulator, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC), have announced changes as part of the Queensland Government’s security of payment reforms, which strengthen the Minimum Financial Requirements (MFR) for licensing. The first stage of these laws commenced on 1 January 2019. Background The QBCC has historically required that [...]
In a significant decision which has widespread implications for the future employment of casual employees, WorkPac Pty Limited v Skene  FCAFC 131 (WorkPac v Skene), the Full Court of the Federal Court upheld a decision finding that an employee - who was described as a casual, and paid accordingly, was in [...]
Family and Domestic Violence Leave From the first full pay period on or after 1 August 2018, all employees (including casuals) that are covered by an award will be entitled to five (5) days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. Employees can take the leave if they [...]
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Last night, the Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2018-19 Federal Budget. Here are some of the key Budget Measures announced. Economic Update Estimated Budget Positions 2017-18 -$18.2 billion 2018-19 -$14.5 billion 2019-20 $2.2 billion (surplus) GDP 2017-18 2.75% 2018-19 3.00% 2019-20 3.00% Unemployment Rate 2017-18 5.50% 2018-19 5.25% 2019-20 [...]
1 April 2018 is the date stipulated by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to count the employees on your payroll for Single Touch Payroll purposes. If you have 20 or more employees on 1 April, you will need to start Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting from 1 July 2018. If [...]
We are hearing a lot about (yet more) proposed changes to superannuation. This time the income tax paid by companies which is passed on through dividends to shareholders (including EVERY superannuation fund in Australia) is under fire. So here is the simple truth. Every cent in franking credit refunds for [...]
Today we congratulate our Cadet Accountant, Alice Melville. Alice has been awarded with CQ University's Academic Prize for achieving the highest GPA in a year of any student in Gladstone enrolled in the Bachelor of Accounting, Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Accounting & Business academic programs. We've known Alice [...]
At its meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 1.50 per cent. This is now the 19th month in a row without a change.
If you have been using the ATO Small Business Super Clearing House (SBSCH) as your SuperStream service please be aware that the way you access this service is changing. The current system will no longer be available from close of business on 19 February 2018. The Small Business Super Clearing [...]